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  • Better Than Ratings: Chess.com's New 'CAPS' System

    One of the most exciting projects I've contributed to since joining the Chess.com team (eight years ago and counting) is being revealed today.  Chess.com's Computer Accuracy & Precision Score (or CAPS) is a... | Read More

  • 7 Reasons To Watch Carlsen vs Nakamura Next Week

    Attention all chess fans: This is not a drill. It's one week until Magnus Carlsen faces Hikaru Nakamura for the inaugural Chess.com Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. It's the match we've all been waiting for, and you can watch it live nex... | Read More

  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | Read More

  • The Nigerian Team At The Baku Chess Olympiad

    By guest columnist Babatunde Timothy Ogunsiku Preparing for the Baku Chess Olympiad, the top five Nigerian chess players had to train on their own, as the country was unable to fund the trip. This evolved into the uncertainty of even participati... | Read More

  • Can Anyone Be An IM Or GM?

    BeekeeperBob wrote: “I am a 19 year old who has been toying with the idea of making chess a career for me (either playing professionally or teaching chess). Unfortunately, I currently have no official ranking. So before I go spending the m... | Read More

    • Born to Worship

      by HJS I visited Mesa Verde, Colorado when I was still a young boy. I will never forget how I marveled at the Anasazi Indians' homes, their pottery, and their resourcefulness. One of the focal points of the settlement was a Kiva. On the walls wer... | Read More

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    • What's New In The Latest iOS App?

      Plenty! The latest and greatest version of our iOS app has arrived, bringing some bug-fixes but also some great improvements and new features too! Apple Watch SupportYou can't make moves from your wrist quite yet...but we're getting there! ... | Read More

      • News
      • | Oct 21, 2016
    • Below 1600 FIDE Rated Tournament 2016

      Thus year I played my first FIDE Rated Chess Tournament .The category was below 1600. I was not well prepared but my new coach said i will get minimum six points from this tournament and it will give me the rating about 1350.But as usual I played ... | Read More

    • Sick and tired of cheaters -_-

      I decide to stay away for this site for good, today, i'm reaching the limit of 200 blocked players and i think this is enough!!!  like too many people were talking on cheating forum... if this page have 15 millions of players, at least the 1% ar... | Read More

      • EddyElm91
      • | Oct 20, 2016
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    • Humbled by a Grandmaster

      One of the great things about chess.com is that an ordinary, club standard player like myself can occasionally go head to head with a Grandmaster. This website's numerous online shows see professional players with sky-high ratings taking on relat... | Read More

      • thejacka1
      • | Oct 19, 2016
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Video Lessons

  • Chess Title

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    A chess title is a title created by a chess governing body and bestowed upon players based on their performance and rank. Such titles are usually granted for life. The most prestigious titles are those granted by the international chess gove... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... 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 »

  • Marcosa Defence

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    This is an unusual defence for white. White's goal is to make a strong pawn structure on the kingside. There are some weak points that occur in this defence.   If white does not play e5 it has many possibilities as an attack.   Read More »

  • Baden Baden 1870

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    • | 28 Reads

    First international tournament in Germany (from July 18, 1870 to August 4, 1870) and the first to be interrupted by war (Franco-Prussian war).  First place was 3,000 francs. This tournament was the first to introduce chess clocks (20 moves per ho... Read More »