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  • The Schliemann Gambit

    The Schliemann (AKA Jaenisch) Gambit is one of Black's most aggressive responses to the time-tested Ruy Lopez. Some say the Schliemann is unsound, but GM Melikset Khachiyan (Melik) believes the Schliemann is better than its reputation. In thi... | Read More

  • U.S. Chess League Highlights - 2013

    In its 10th season, the United States Chess League brought its action live to Chess.com. This annual contest between the strongest chess cities in the United States brought together a congregration of enthusiastic spectators to commentate, critici... | Read More

  • USCL: Game of the Week

    The US Chess League pits the chess cities of the United States against each other in a winner-take-all, no-holds-barred annual battle royale. In 2013, 16 cities faced off for the title of US Chess League Champion. Divided into two divisi... | Read More

  • Video Guide

    Need a little help navigating the hundreds of videos on Chess.com? Use this guide. The Opening Development For Beginners: This long series goes from the most basic up to the very complex. Pawn Structure 101: Everything you needed t... | Read More

  • Unmovable Feast

    In the US, *the* annual chess celebration is not the exclusive and elite US Championship, but the World Open – the biggest US open tournament hosted in Philadelphia. Many sacrifice their time with family during the long weekend to get a shot... | Read More


    • Ups and downs - Blunder losses and creative wins

      Hi dear chess friends worldwide. Are you playing interesting and inspiring chess games ? Or are you just collecting rating points at all costs ? [1] Here an exciting wild loss. Against this player I had already 5 losses and +0 =0. In the end he ... | Read More

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    • Flow... Kiddo...

      It's the game of the week... This boy (his confession) plays hardly in the opening and middlegame with 30|30, it took so long that in the middle of the game, I offered a draw cause it's my lunchtime. He refused and said, "FIGHT LIKE A MAN". An... | Read More

    • USCL week 9 recap

      The ninth week of the league has come and gone, and with just one week remaining in regular season play, astoundingly just two teams (Miami and San Diego) know they will be staying home for the postseason (wait, don't we all stay home?). New Engla... | Read More

    • GOTW Too!! BB vs NJ draw

      (Beat Reporter:  Mark LaRocca) They say that you could have a thousand monkeys pound on keyboards for thousands of years and, eventually,  they would produce the works of Shakespeare… well, maybe with a few typos.   And so it is in chess, i... | Read More

    • US Chess League - Best Game and Week 5 Matchups

      The judges chose National Master Ilya Krasik's victory over Dennis Li as the best game of Week 4. Can you solve the winning tactic of the game? See the full game and judges' thoughts: NM Ilya Krasick wins Week 4 Game of the Week! Here ar... | Read More




  • Become Better At Chess, Part 1

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    Hello Everyone!Today, I, John, will teach you my experiences in life about chess.Chess is a very strategic game, proven to help with the cure of Alzheimer. It is not only fun to play, but challenging. Now as you know, lots of people on this site ... Read More »

  • Kaidanov, Gregory

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    Gregory Kaidanov, born Oct 11, 1959, is a Grandmaster (1988) who was Russian Boys under-14 champion in 1972.  He won the New York Open in 1990.  In 1992 he won the World Open, the US Open, the National Open, and the Novag Grand Prix.&nbs... Read More »

  • Steinitz, William (Wilhelm)

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    William (Wilhelm) Steinitz (1836-1900) was the official world champion from 1866 to 1894.  Steinitz took 6th place in the London 1851 tournament.  After the tournament, he challenged the 5th place finisher to a match. Steinitz won. ... Read More »

  • Marshall, Frank

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    Frank Marshall (1877-1944) was the first American to defeat a Soviet player in an international tournament (New York, 1924).  He reigned as U.S. Champion for 29 years, but only defended his title once when he defeated Ed Lasker (5-4) in 1923.... Read More »

  • Prisons and chess

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    In 1960 Bobby Fischer gave a simultaneous exhibition at Rikers Island prison.  He defeated all 20 prisoners while 2,400 inmates watched the exhibition and the prison band played.  In 1971 a prisoner failed to return to Western Penitentia... Read More »