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  • 8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

    News Sep 17, 2016, 2:13 AM

    You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There...

  • Finding Your Real Weaknesses

    IM Silman Feb 18, 2016, 1:56 AM

    I get a lot of letters from Chess.com members, and though their ratings run the gamut, I do my best to address all ratings as best I can. Today I’ll turn my attention to two players below 1500 : Mr. Prashant1994...

  • A List of One’s Own: The New Top 100 Women Rankings

    News Jan 29, 2016, 9:08 PM

    By Maret Thorpe. Photo: Tae Moon [Reprinted with permission of the author and US Chess.] “I’m so honored to have made it on to the first iteration of the Top Women Age 50 and Over! I hope these...

  • Martin Villemson's Gambit

    batgirl Dec 2, 2015, 8:16 PM

         Many openings go by various names. The opening(s) we'll be looking at below not only go by many names, but the situations, like gambits themselves, can get messy, muddy and uncertain very quickly.     ...

  • The Biggest Secret Of The Soviet Chess School

    GM Gserper Oct 10, 2015, 12:56 PM

    The famed Soviet school of chess has produced hundreds of grandmasters and dozens of world champions. Thousands of chess coaches teach their students using "the Soviet training method." But who can really describe...

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  • 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...

  • Ivanchuk: A Genius of Imaginative, Exciting Chess!

    kamalakanta Jan 18, 2017, 1:34 AM

    In a recent interview during a game commentary, GM Boris Gelfand spoke about "destiny" as one of the factors determining if a chess player is successful or not in gaining the World Championship Title. Among the...

  • Looking Back At 2016

    Shieldoffaith13 Dec 31, 2016, 2:11 PM

         As you all know, today is the last day of 2016. At the end of each year, one should look back at their yearly Chess performance and see how they did. This will equip you for the coming year and help you identify...

  • My game against GM Polgar

    dstrain Dec 14, 2016, 1:55 PM

    Grandmaster Susan Polgar came to visit our office last week, and it was quite an honor to play her in a 10-board simul. Unfortunately, I made an error in the opening, which she exploited to gain two pawns.  I felt...

  • Movies on Bobby Fischer

    HaroonS7 Nov 27, 2016, 3:33 AM

    1-Searching for Bobby Fischer Released in 1993 and directed by Steven Zaillian. Inspired by the life of chess prodigy. Josh is a normal kid and loves to play football. But, his father notices signs of him being...

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  • 2011 SPICE Cup

    SonofPearl Oct 15, 2011, 7:31 AM

    The 5th edition of the SPICE Cup runs from 15-25 October in in Lubbock, Texas. This year there are three round-robin tournaments taking place, but the headline event is the A Group, which is a 6-player double round-robin...

  • SPICE Up Your (Chess) Life

    SonofPearl Oct 1, 2008, 12:48 PM

    The Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) was established in May 2007 at Texas Tech University with the aim of promoting 'college chess' as a bridge between scholastic and adult chess worlds.  Unfortunately...

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