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  • The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

    GM Gserper Mar 19, 2017, 9:28 AM

    I bet that some of you, my dear readers, think that I am going to talk about "Fool's Mate" or "Scholar's Mate." Indeed, there is no way to get checkmated faster than Fool's Mate: And there is no more popular...

  • Rashid Nezhmetdinov's Best Game Prizes

    IM Silman Mar 9, 2017, 3:21 AM

    After showing all of Tal’s 15 best game prizes in my previous article, it struck me that many Chess.com members might not have heard of Rashid Nezhmetdinov (born 1912, died 1974), who tied with Karpov...

  • Can You Smell Chess Moves?

    GM Gserper Mar 4, 2017, 10:30 PM

    In the beginning of the 1990s, I established a certain routine. Whenever I set foot in Moscow (and I did it pretty frequently), I would visit the Central Chess Club and climb a narrow staircase to the third floor...

  • Speed Chess Championship Official Rules

    IM DanielRensch Mar 3, 2017, 10:14 PM

    Below are the official rules and format of Chess.com's 2017 Speed Chess Championship.  For the full list of players in the 2017 Speed Chess Championship, click here. By accepting the invitation...

  • How To Get Good At Chess

    CHESScom Mar 10, 2017, 11:01 PM

    Millions of people around the world play chess regularly—but how do you become good at chess? 1. Define what “good at chess" means. To some people, being “good” means they can beat...

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  • Nona Gaprindashvili. Fighting for Equality

    Spektrowski Mar 27, 2017, 2:46 PM

    A chapter from Nona Gaprindashvili's 1977 book I Prefer Risk. Many of her thoughts on women's chess still seem to be relevant even now, 40 years later. I've included some chess games to divide the wall of...

  • How To Begin Mastering Chess

    DineshMC Mar 26, 2017, 7:26 PM

    Chess is a highly competitive game played by millions of people around the world. The basics can be mastered in a matter of minutes. Advanced strategic concepts can take years to come to terms with and a lifetime...

  • Sharjah Masters 1-2: Prodigy watch by Colin McGourty

    sontu1296 Mar 26, 2017, 4:36 AM

    The inaugural Sharjah Masters got off to a bumpy start on Thursday with no shows and forfeits, but it’s a fascinating event to watch. In Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s absence Radek Wojtaszek is the top seed, but the...

  • Studying Chess - My Recommendations

    MiddlegamerUmesh Mar 25, 2017, 7:20 AM

                  People often do not know how to study chess and proceed with their training.I've once been in such a situation too.I've worked a lot to improve my chess but then in my experience, I learnt a good way...

  • The Elusive "Plan".

    doxprezi Mar 24, 2017, 3:55 PM

    Anyone who is serious abut improving their chess has heard about the importance of planning. Masters and Grand-masters stress the point of planning, coining phrases like "It is better to have a bad plan than no...

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  • FIDE Claims Ilyumzhinov's Resignation; President Denies

    PeterDoggers Mar 27, 2017, 7:00 AM

    Kirsan Ilyumzhinov denies that he will step down as FIDE President. Today the FIDE website brought this remarkable news, which was confirmed to Chess.com by Executive Director of FIDE, Nigel...

  • Carlsen To Face So In Sunday's PRO Chess League Final

    PeterDoggers Mar 26, 2017, 3:37 AM

    The Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League will see a magnificent final, with world number one Magnus Carlsen and world number two Wesley So leading their teams. The final, on Sunday 26 March at 10 a.m. PDT...

  • ECL2017 Div3 Round 3

    Phoenix_Scorpion Mar 25, 2017, 7:10 PM

    Welcome to the Round 3 of ECL 2017 Division 3!Below you can find the pairings. Matches are scheduled to start on April 16th. From the list of matches below, sorted by sub-divisions, find your opponent, go to their...

  • Space Angels Epic Match To Join:)

    BigFatDaddy55 Mar 25, 2017, 7:42 AM

    The Space Angels Have An EPIC MATCH against the ever powerful & simply HUGE "Chess Champ" Outfit:)  Space Angels have the Chess Boards all Set-UP:) Fried Clams & French Fries cooking up "sum guud" in Galactic...

  • Season 12 Is About To Launch

    stephen_33 Mar 25, 2017, 7:41 AM

    We now have 18 teams registered to compete in our 12th Knockout Tournament. These are the groups that have registered an interest in taking part so far:- The United States Chess Club, Joseph_Truelson, Joe_Harper North...

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