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  • A Legendary Chess Zen Master Has Died

    When I was just turning 19, I would go with a friend to Berkeley and visit the Hare Krishna temple. Were we into them? No, not at all. But every evening they offered free (very tasty!) food, and when you are broke and starving, you are willing t... | Read More

  • The Only Certainties: Death Matches And Taxes

    If it feels like we haven't had a Death Match since the early summer, that's because we haven't! Back when GM Maxim Dlugy claimed his title, the days were at their longest and outdoor barbecues were in full swing. But don't fret! As th... | Read More

  • The Greatest Chess Minds Video Series

    Let this video guide serve as the official reference point to help you find Chess.com videos on your favorite chess players throughout history! Chess.com has enjoyed lessons from the best coaches and players within our game. Hopefully, you&rsquo... | Read More

  • The 12 Most Interesting Chess Players Ever

    Who are the most interesting chess players of all time? It’s an interesting question. Are we talking about the best players ever? Even that’s a tricky thing to define. Are the best players the most accomplished? We could go by supe... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen's Best Endgame Wins

    Last week, we dissected Magnus Carlsen's positional mastery by examining two of his finest strategic victories. However, modern chess demands universality, and it is impossible to become world champion and attain the highest rating in history thro... | Read More

    • Magnus Carlsen

      Biography Born in Tønsberg, Norway on November 30th, 1990 it wasn’t before long that Magnus Carlsen began to learn the game of chess. Although he began learning chess around the age of 5, he didn’t begin to show much interest until he saw his... | Read More

      • sachin951
      • | Jan 14, 2016
    • Draws are for Wimps!

      In this game that I played,  I think any REASONABLE player would have gladly taken the draw playing as white or black at around move 24 or so. But alas, I am not reasonable. My opponent offered a queen trade which proved to be the game ending blu... | Read More

    • Username change, I keep surging, and onto my highest rating!

      So, I changed my username from the bland, uninspired aboyer669, to the best chess joke I think could ever be made. The Kylo Ren picture is featured because he is a Knight of Ren and Star Wars was excellent, go see it now. I seem to be getting my b... | Read More

    • Made in Latvia (Part 1)

      Listed in no particular order, here are a dozen things or people you should know or already know about Latvia as far as chess and draughts (or checkers) is concerned.  #1 GM Mihails Tāls (Mikhail Tal)  'He was a man in whose presence others... | Read More

    • Parma Novemberfest 2015

      On November 21st, I played in a tournament in Parma, Ohio. I had just got home from College for Thanksgiving break the day before, and was a little tired. But not too tired. This tournament, called the Parma Novemberfest, was held in a German soci... | Read More

      • Josh_D
      • | Nov 25, 2015

  • Patzer

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    Patzer is basically when you have a minimal rating in chess. Read More »

  • Adams, Michael

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    Michael Adams was born on Nov 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, England.  He learned chess from his father at the age of 6. In November 1979, he played in his first chess tournament, the Cornwall Under-10 Championship, and won it.  In 1980, Adams... Read More »

  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Latvian Gambit

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    The Latvian gambit would begin 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-f5 creating a kind of reverse King's Gambit as Black. It is generally a less used gambit for its potential difficulties with king's side attacks from White, as well as its conflicts with some theoretic... 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 »