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  • How To Play Positional Sacrifices

    IM Silman Jan 26, 2017, 3:37 AM

    Se-Brain asked: I am currently boggled by positional sacrifices. First off, what are possible motifs for sacrifices, and second, how do you find out if your sac’s compensation is worth it or not? JS: I...

  • PRO Chess League Week 3: The Critical Showdowns

    NM SamCopeland Jan 25, 2017, 1:45 AM

    With a staggering 480 players and more than 150 grandmasters currently playing, the PRO Chess League is expanding as word of mouth spreads and new free agents and local players sign up to do battle for their teams...

  • How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where...

  • Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

    GM Gserper Jan 14, 2017, 2:03 AM

    My favorite episode from The Prince And The Pauper happens towards the end of the story: "Speak up, good lad, and fear nothing," said the king. "How used you the Great Seal of England?" Tom stammered a moment,...

  • Chess.com Fair Play And Cheat-Detection

    News Dec 30, 2016, 12:03 PM

    Cheating in chess is a serious issue. The issue is magnified online, where there is no arbiter to physically observe play. Chess.com takes fair play and cheat-detection very seriously, and we have since our founding.  We...

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  • A "hard fought" game: Lakeridge Chess Tournament Rounds 4-5

    Joseph_Truelson Feb 16, 2017, 9:56 AM

    Joseph Levine confidently looks at the camera before his first move in the first round. At least I think it's a confident look. As I'm not sure, I probably shouldn't say anything else, or else I will get fired and...

  • What I don't understand about chess (#117)

    ArnesonStidgeley Feb 10, 2017, 6:03 AM

    I lost against the Impossible Computer today. I could have played a line to reach the following as Black: It looks bad for Black. White's rooks are connected; I am going to have a little difficulty in extricating...

  • Anand: 'Technology has eliminated uncertainity in Chess'

    Aarao Feb 8, 2017, 4:28 PM

    It was an evening of enthralling discussion with five-time world champion V. Anand and IM V. Saravanan on some of the finer aspects of evolution of the game and Anand’s journey through it to the summit. The event...

  • January 2017 in Review

    TheChessPlayingCoder Jan 31, 2017, 8:24 AM

    There are periods in my life I would much rather forget.  I would categorize late 2015 to December 2016 as one of those.  Due to unforeseen circumstances far beyond anyone's control, I was engulfed by a toxic blend...

  • 2017 Goals & Ambitions

    TheChessPlayingCoder Jan 31, 2017, 8:23 AM

    During the past few months I had the opportunity to read what is probably one of the most instructive books available, primarily aimed at chess playing amateurs.  The book provided me with some of the greatest insights...

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