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American Chess Magazine: It's cool to be smart
19 Oct 2017 | 9:28 pm CEST
That's the tagline of the quarterly print magazine, which soon celebrates its one year anniversary. The 150+ page colourful glossy "Issue No. 4" recen…
Endgame Magic with Julian Grötzbach
19 Oct 2017 | 4:27 pm CEST
Julian Grötzbach is a chess player from Hamburg. Many years ago he was an intern at ChessBase but today he joins endgame expert Karsten Müller to ta…
Chess photography: Tips and Tricks
19 Oct 2017 | 12:00 pm CEST
In the first article on chess photography, the basic do's and don’ts were the object, hoping to bring a bit of light into how to achieve more engagi…
First Jamaica International Festival
19 Oct 2017 | 2:57 am CEST
The first Jamaican International Chess Festival brought four strong youngsters to promote chess on the beautiful island of Jamaica: Awonder Liang, Aks…
Chess960 battle: Nakamura vs. Carlsen?
18 Oct 2017 | 9:13 pm CEST
In February, 2018, there may be an unusual exhibition match held between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, playing Chess960 (also known as Fischer R…
6 Of World's Top 10 To Play 80th Wijk aan Zee
18 Oct 2017 | 6:30 pm CEST
The Tata Steel Chess tournament will be celebrating its 80th birthday by having a very strong field. Six players from the current top 10 will be playi…
50 games you should know: Morphy vs. Duke of Brunswick, Count Isoard
18 Oct 2017 | 3:24 pm CEST
Occupying the center, developing pieces, opening lines, mating the enemy king: Paul Morphy knew how to win quickly. His most famous game also followed…
New: Houdini 6
18 Oct 2017 | 12:39 pm CEST
Houdini 6 continues where its predecessor left off, and adds solid 60 Elo points to this formidable engine, once again making Houdini the strongest ch…
Larissa Volpert's best pawn endgame
18 Oct 2017 | 12:46 am CEST
Our Study of the Month author Siegfried Hornecker has a mystery to solve, and he needs your help! Larissa Volpert, the professor for philology and che…
The Weekly Show with Lawrence Trent
17 Oct 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
Tuesdays at 5pm UK time Lawrence Trent goes on air on Playchess.com. In his show Lawrence Trent will be dealing with the latest trends, games and comb…
The knight paves the way
17 Oct 2017 | 5:20 pm CEST
"Knight endings are like pawn endings." That is easily said and often true. However, there is one important difference one should not forget: the knig…
Batumi Chess Club NONA Wins 3rd ECC Title
15 Oct 2017 | 9:41 pm CEST
Batumi Chess Club NONA won the European Club Cup on Saturday in Göynük/Antalya. As promised, Chess.com publishes a separate report on t…
European Club Cup 2017 - Games and Results
15 Oct 2017 | 9:27 pm CEST
The European Club Cup took place in Antalya, Turkey 8th to 14th October 2017. Leading players: Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Karjakin, Giri, Nepomnia…
William Lombardy, Chess Grandmaster Turned Priest, Dies at 79
15 Oct 2017 | 5:30 am CEST
The Bronx-born Mr. Lombardy was among the top players of his generation, but he gave up chess almost entirely to join the priesthood, which he later r…
Globus Wins European Club Cup; Kramnik To Miss Candidates?
15 Oct 2017 | 4:20 am CEST
Both Odlar Yurdu and Alkaloid held them to 3-3, but with a win in the final round Globus secured victory after all. The top seed won the European Club…
GM William Lombardy, 1937-2017
13 Oct 2017 | 11:17 pm CEST
[Note: Updated with extensive thoughts from Lombardy's only son Raymond and a personal reflection from Bruce Pandolfini.] GM William Lombardy, an Am…
Executive Board Asks Ilyumzhinov Not To Run For President
13 Oct 2017 | 9:49 pm CEST
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov seems to have lost further ground inside the World Chess Federation. A non-binding motion asking him not to run for FIDE President…
European Club Cup: Perfect Score For Globus, Odlar Yurdu
12 Oct 2017 | 3:22 am CEST
Top favorite Globus and sixth seed Odlar Yurdu started with four wins and will face each other in round five of the European Club Cup in G&o…
Kovalyov Case Not Admitted By Ethics Commission
11 Oct 2017 | 8:23 pm CEST
FIDE's Ethics Commission has announced that it cannot admit the complaint from the Chess Federation of Canada about the Anton Kovalyov dress code…
Kramnik Sits Out As European Club Cup Takes Off
9 Oct 2017 | 11:30 am CEST
The European Club Cup started on Sunday in Göynük/Antalya, Turkey. Vladimir Kramnik, who needs every Elo point he can get in the coming week…
Candidates In Berlin; Who Will Play?
8 Oct 2017 | 12:33 am CEST
The 2018 Candidates' Tournament, scheduled for 9-28 March 2018, will be held at the Kühlhaus Berlin in the German capital. This was announce…
Finegold Wins Ugliest Death Match In History
6 Oct 2017 | 5:45 pm CEST
Ever want to feel better about your chess ability? Just re-watch yesterday's broadcast of the GM Ben Finegold-GM Simon Williams Death Match. If the…
Chess.com Speed Chess Championship 2017 - Games and Results
5 Oct 2017 | 4:53 pm CEST
The Chess.com Speed Chess Championship takes place May 3rd to December 21st 2017. 16 top players qualified: Three time controls 5 minutes plus 2 secon…
Russian Team Rapid and Blitz Championship 2017 - Games and Results
3 Oct 2017 | 3:44 pm CEST
The Russian Team Rapid and Blitz Championship takes place in Sochi 3rd to 5th October 2017. Leading players: Mamedyarov, Sjugirov< Fedoseev, Kamsky, A…
Russian Rapid and Blitz Championship 2017 - Games and Results
2 Oct 2017 | 10:33 pm CEST
The Russian Rapid and Blitz Championship took place in Sochi 29th September to 1st October 2017. It is almost immediately followed by a similar team e…
chess.com IoM Masters 2017 - Games and Results
1 Oct 2017 | 9:22 pm CEST
The chess.com Isle of Man Masters took place 22nd September to 1st October 2016. The World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen headed up an extremely strong…
FIDE World Cup 2017 -
29 Sep 2017 | 4:43 pm CEST
The FIDE World Cup took place Sunday 3rd to Wednesday 27th September 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen headed a very stron…
Saint Louis Fall Classic 2017 - Games and Results
18 Sep 2017 | 8:32 pm CEST
The St Louis Fall Chess Classic took place 6th to 14th September 2017. Georg Meier edged out Yaroslav Zherebukh on tie-break after both scored 5.5/9.
Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017 - Games and Results
19 Aug 2017 | 5:16 pm CEST
The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament took place 14th to 19th August 2017. Two time controls rapid 25 minutes with a 10 second delay each move an…
5th Sinquefield Cup 2017 - Games and Results
13 Aug 2017 | 9:47 pm CEST
The 5th Sinquefield Cup took place 2nd to 12th August 2017. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier…
3rd Wenzhou Grandmaster Match 2017 -
11 Aug 2017 | 3:39 pm CEST
The 3rd Wenzhou Grandmaster Match took place 8th to 11th August 2017. Anish Giri beat Ding Liren 2.5-1.5 in a four game match.
Elias Burstein, Pioneer in Semiconductors, Dies at 99
26 Jun 2017 | 2:59 am CEST
Mr. Burstein was one of the first scientists to use lasers to do research on semiconductors and insulators, and held patents for a method to increase…
Arthur Bisguier, Brash, Self-Taught Bronx Chess Champion, Dies at 87
6 Apr 2017 | 2:22 am CEST
Mr. Bisguier learned to play chess when he was 5 by watching games between his older sister and a cousin. He was frustrated by failures against Bobby…
Chess Triumphs, Stumbles and Embarrassments
9 Feb 2017 | 3:36 pm CET
Chess Champions and Their Queens
17 Jan 2017 | 6:09 pm CET
Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87
17 Jan 2017 | 1:51 am CET
The ex-computer science professor, a correspondence chess champion, won what has been called one of the greatest games ever. It lasted three years.
Nailed To The Chessboard For 50 Years
17 Dec 2016 | 8:30 pm CET
Is Magnus Carlsen A Chess Artist?
7 Dec 2016 | 12:06 am CET
Birthday Present: Magnus Carlsen Retains The World Chess Title In Style
1 Dec 2016 | 1:15 am CET
Mark Taimanov, World-Class Chess and Piano Player, Dies at 90
29 Nov 2016 | 4:34 am CET
Mr. Taimanov was a classical pianist and former Soviet chess champion whose lopsided loss to Bobby Fischer in 1971 cost him his government salary.
Honoring Chess Beauty
13 Oct 2016 | 7:46 pm CEST
U.S. Chess Team Wins Olympic Gold in Baku
18 Sep 2016 | 12:46 am CEST
U.S. Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad With Help of Imported Talent
14 Sep 2016 | 2:50 am CEST
The five-member American team at the 42nd Chess Olympiad included three players who were recruited from other countries.
Greatest Chess Triumph of Wesley So
18 Aug 2016 | 10:06 pm CEST
Carlsen Wins Bilbao Chess Masters
25 Jul 2016 | 11:55 pm CEST
Carlsen won four games, one more than all his opponents combined. He started slowly. For the first time he lost to Hikaru Nakamura in a tournament wit…
Carlsen Leads and Quits Grand Chess Tour
3 Jul 2016 | 2:02 am CEST
Viktor Korchnoi, Chess Giant Who Drew Soviet Ire, Dies at 85
7 Jun 2016 | 6:19 am CEST
Mr. Korchnoi was widely considered one of the best players in history, though he never won a world championship. He defected from the Soviet Union in…
Walter Shawn Browne, Fast-Moving Chess Grandmaster, Dies at 66
28 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am CEST
Mr. Browne was an aggressive, animated grandmaster and six-time United States champion who dazzled spectators with his world-class ability at speed ch…
Learn how an early pawn sacrifice could be beneficial with the Budapest Gambit - GM James Plaskett ... and more
14 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Learn how an early pawn sacrifice could be beneficial with the Budapest Gambit - GM James PlaskettPosted on June 11,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Con…
Pawn Endgames: The Breakthrough. Part 3 ... and more
13 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Learn how an early pawn sacrifice could be beneficial with the Budapest Gambit - GM James PlaskettPosted on June 11,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Con…
Pawn Endgames: The Breakthrough. Part 1 ... and more
12 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Learn how an early pawn sacrifice could be beneficial with the Budapest Gambit - GM James PlaskettPosted on June 11,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Con…
Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 3 ... and more
11 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Pawn Endgames: The Breakthrough. Part 3Posted on June 10,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Artic…
Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part I) ... and more
26 May 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articl…
Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1 ... and more
25 May 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articl…
Mastering the Opening Series - Repertoire for Black 2 ... and more
24 May 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articl…
Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1 ... and more
23 May 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articl…
Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part III) ... and more
22 May 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articl…
Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part III) ... and more
21 May 2015 | 7:01 am CEST
Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articl…
Chess Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana Switches Nationality and Will Play for U.S.
13 May 2015 | 5:36 pm CEST
The addition of Caruana, part of a concerted effort by American chess officials to lure top talent, makes the Americans the favorite to win next year…
At Sohn Conference, Masters of Moves Recognize the Good Ones
5 May 2015 | 10:03 pm CEST
Hedge fund managers and investors marveled at an exhibition of chess by Magnus Carlsen, the world champion from Norway, who played blindfolded.