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  • The Three Philidor Positions

    The chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor is enormous. There is an opening named after him (1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6) and three endgame positions all called "the Philidor Position"! The Philidor position in rook endgames is o... | Read More

  • Nakamura vs Harikrishna: 1 Million Scovilles Of Chess On May 4

    GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Pentala Harikrishna are set to face off May 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in the second GM Blitz Battles Match. You may want to bring a cold glass of milk. "Naka" and "Hari" together make an incredibly spicy combo. The "nag... | Read More

  • Hammer's Rest Day Report: Norway Chess 2016

    Editor's note: In an exclusive to Chess.com, Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer writes his thoughts on what's happened in Norway so far, original analysis of some of the key games, and some fun, behind-the-scenes looks at what the players do ... | Read More

  • First Brilliancy Prizes

         Throughout the years there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of brilliancy prizes offered.  Some are just games, albeit extremely clever ones, while others have their own stories. Some even have stories that hove... | Read More

  • Carlsen vs Karjakin: Who Will Win?

    The Candidates' Tournament 2016 is a part of chess history already. You all know the results, so there is no point to recap it again. Two popular internet memes summarize very well how the tournament will be remembered. One of them depicts Presi... | Read More

    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog VIII: Vienna 1922

      Vienna 1922By Larry EvansForeward by John DonaldsonRussell Enterprises Inc. 2011144 pagesVienna 1922 was a blockbuster tournament featuring most of the top players of the day.  Lacking only Lasker and Capablanca, it was a spirited fighting tourna... | Read More

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    • USCF chess tournament: Caveman Birthday Bash

      Time controls are G/60; d5 Round 1: Not a good start of a tournament...   Round 2: Lucky win for me... Should've been a loss or a draw Round 3: Finished the tournament at 1.5/3 ... rating went down 1824 to 1806...   | Read More

    • 2016 PCC Golden Triangle Open

      Secret: if your local club makes some big changes to tournaments, many things may not turn out exactly right. It looks like the Pittsburgh Chess Club is moving toward faster time controls so people don't need to spend as much time playing. This ... | Read More

    • Mayhem in the Pawnstorm: Quinn Baker vs Aryoman Patel

      My first win against Aryoman Patel, whom I had previously drawn twice. | Read More

    • #42 Phi Kappa Blanca XLV

      << #41 Ram LXXII -- #43 Phi Kappa Blanca  >> Tournament #42 : Phi Kappa Blanca, 12/5/92 NCSU Student Union, Raleigh, NC TD: Robert Singletary Section: U1800 Time Control: 40/90, G/30 Crosstable Link With the Ram series concluded, th... | Read More

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      • | Apr 30, 2016

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  • Anand, Viswanathan

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    Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand, born on Dec 11, 1969,in chennai india is India's first Grandmaster (1988, at the age of 18) who won the World Junior Championship in 1987.  In 1983, he won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with a perfect 9... Read More »

  • You never know when you will face these very unusual and usual places

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    There are many positions in chess! There are three phases of the game-Beginning-middlegame-and Endgame! We will focus mainly on the Endgame today!!  This Endgame is simple.  It is focusing on the King and pawn versus king. This position is won-... Read More »

  • Three-Fold Repitition

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    One way to draw a game is to manuvuer into a sitiuation where the same EXACT position is repeated three times. This is called THREE-FOLD REPITITION. It usually happens with PERPETUAL CHECK. That means one side keeps checking the other side and nei... 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 »

  • Hodges, Albert Beauregard

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    Albert Hodges (1861-1944) was a former U.S. Champion.  His first job was a hidden operator of Ajeeb, the chess automaton, at the Eden Musee in New York..  He played chess and checkers.  He won the US championship in 1894 after defeating Jackson... Read More »