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  • Kasparov's Mysterious Move

    The already famous game So vs Kasparov played in the Ultimate Blitz Challenge is both fascinating and puzzling. Not only did GM Wesley So produce a game of unbelievable beauty, he did it against the arguably strongest chess player in the... | Read More

  • Minority Attack: Turn Your Pawns Into Weapons

    ih8sens (real name: Matt Nicholson) is a national master rated 2329. He asked the following: “I have a position that I’m curious about. The majority of players I’ve asked believe that Black should not play 18…Bxg3.&... | Read More

  • How To Play When You're Winning Easily

    In all sports, you play much differently when you are winning easily. In baseball, if you are leading 8-0 in the 8th inning, you would not pull your fresh relief pitcher out of the game to pinch hit and try to get another run. In soccer, if y... | Read More

  • Who Was The Greatest Chess Theorist?

    Axorcist wrote: “My question is this: Who do you consider to be the greatest chess theorist of all time? I have never read a good review on who really had the most influence on the development of knowledge in our beautiful game. Was i... | Read More

  • Kings On Steroids

    The most sacred of all pieces is the king, a piece we must care for and nurture. Right!? Wrong!  In this article we are going to take a look at kings on steroids. The kings below are drugged up to their eyeballs and ready... | Read More


    • Study log. 29 Aug 2016

      Tactics Today I did 20 problems on chess.com tactics trainer. I got 15 problems right and I failed 5 problems. Also out of 15 problems I got right there were at least 3 problems in which I didn't see all the lines before moving the pieces. Ov... | Read More

    • Auto Sac

      The knight sac on move 18 seemed obvious enough! Computer analysis also indicated an earlier sac 16. Bxh7+.  | Read More

    • A little background before starting to babble about chess

      Hi to everyone (or, most propably, no one) who will ever read my blog, i am Francesco form Italy. I would like to use this bloggin feature nicely offered by chess.com to write a bit about my approach to chess as an amateur, my progress, the views... | Read More

      • BSSN-OK
      • | Aug 29, 2016
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    • HOJE ALCANCEI A MINHA 250ª VITÓRIA NO XADREZ ONLINE

      Ratings Xadrez em tempo real - Blitz 1300 Melhor: 1505 (24/05/2013) Melhor vitória: 1596 (martos) Média Adv.: 1354 Total de Jogos: 77 (37 V / 37 D / 3 E) Xadrez em tempo real - Padrão 1563 Melhor: 1684 (10/03/2015) Melhor vitória: 16... | Read More

    • How Not To Cheat At Chess

      Talented chess players seem to get younger every year, probably with the help of ever-ready chess computer software to play against. However, a recent game from the 2016 Victorian Chess Championships shows that chess ethics may sometimes lag behin... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 27, 2016
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Video Lessons



  • Mieses Opening

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    The Mieses Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. d3The opening is named after the German-British grandmaster Jacques Mieses. It is considered an irregular opening, so it is classified under the A00 code in the Encyclop... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of Chess.com games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Curdo, John

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    John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times ... Read More »