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The Mega: Top players, up close and personal
15 Dec 2017 | 5:15 pm CET
Computers help to prepare for games, they help to study openings, and they help to analyse complicated tactical positions. But if you want to understa…
Tune your tactics - Calculation training
15 Dec 2017 | 4:11 pm CET
A solid tactical understanding is sure to help any chess player in critical situations. Whether it is a simple exchange or a mating attack, tactics ar…
European Blitz Championship LIVE
15 Dec 2017 | 11:41 am CET
Live from Katowice, Poland. This Swiss system blitz tournament features 11 double rounds, in which players have 3 minutes plus a 2-second increment fo…
Grand Prix concept #2
15 Dec 2017 | 10:07 am CET
The diagram shows a typical Taimanov Sicilian position (though it was 3.Bb5!) where Black has two ideas — the lever ...d6 and ...b5 shutting out Whi…
A year of Perpetual Chess
15 Dec 2017 | 1:10 am CET
Chess podcasting is still in its infancy, even as the medium as a whole gains mainstream adoption. In the past year, Ben Johnson's Perpetual Chess Pod…
Review: Improve your Tactics with Tania Sachdev
14 Dec 2017 | 5:00 pm CET
"It was like visiting an art gallery with an art critic who is explaining in detail each masterpiece", says reviewer Davide Nastasio. IM Sachdev has a…
Russian Championship LIVE
14 Dec 2017 | 12:00 pm CET
Live from St. Petersburg, it's 70th Russian Championship Superfinal. The final round was December 14th, 2017. The 12-player round-robin, has a first p…
Vlastimil Hort interviews Geurt Gijssen
14 Dec 2017 | 11:06 am CET
Geurt Gijssen is one of the most renowned chess arbiters and during his active time witnessed many dramatic and historical moments of chess history. I…
Kasparov on Deep Learning in chess
13 Dec 2017 | 10:00 pm CET
Garry Kasparov's match against the IBM computer Deep Blue was considered a milestone in Artificial Intelligence, a watershed moment. But was it reall…
Alpha Zero: Comparing "Orangutans and Apples"
13 Dec 2017 | 4:41 pm CET
In time for the start of the London Chess Classic DeepMind, a subsidiary of Google, published a remarkable report about the success of their "Machine…
70th Russian Chess Championship Superfinal 2017 - Games and Results
15 Dec 2017 | 9:42 pm CET
The 70th Russian Championship and 67th Russian Women's Championship took place in St Petersburg 3rd to 15th December 2017. The venue is the State Muse…
European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2017 - Games and Results
15 Dec 2017 | 7:52 pm CET
The European Rapid and Blitz Championships take place in Katowice 15th to 17th December 2017. Leading players: Ernesto Inarkiev, David Navara, Ru…
IMSA Elite Mind Games 2017 - Games and Results
15 Dec 2017 | 3:50 pm CET
The IMSA Elite Mind Games took place in Huai'an, China 10th to 15th December 2017. Players: Men: Vladislav Artemiev, Quang Liem Le, Yangyi Yu,…
9th London Chess Classic 2017 - Games and Results
12 Dec 2017 | 7:40 pm CET
The 9th London Chess Classic took place 30th November to 11th December 2017. Players: Carlsen, Nakamura, Aronian, MVL, Wesley So, Karjakin, Caruana,…
Dr Geza Hetenyi Memorial 2017 - Games and Results
12 Dec 2017 | 3:56 pm CET
The Dr Geza Hetenyi Memorial takes place 12th to 21st December 2017. Two groups: A-Group: Berkes, Bauer, Banusz, Markus, Gledura, etc. – average…
Chinese Team Championship 2017 - Games and Results
6 Dec 2017 | 12:57 pm CET
The Chinese Team Championship took place 18th April to 5th December 2017. Shanghai just managed to hold off Chongqing on tie-break after both scored 3…
Kings Tournament 2017 - Games and Results
28 Nov 2017 | 11:28 pm CET
The King's tournament took place 26th to 28th November 2017. This year it was a rapid and blitz event with sections for men's and women's fields. Play…
Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix 2017 - Games and Results
25 Nov 2017 | 4:20 pm CET
The 4th and final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series took place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 16th–27th November 2017. Players: Aronian, MVL, Na…
World Juniors 2017 - Games and Results
25 Nov 2017 | 2:15 pm CET
The World Juniors took place 13th to 25th November 2017. 18-year-old Aryan Tari held top seed Jorden Van Foreest to a draw in the final round to take…
Saint Louis Invitational 2017 - Games and Results
18 Nov 2017 | 7:35 pm CET
The Saint Louis Invitational takes place 17th to 22nd November 2017. Ioan-Cristian Chirila, Julio Catalino Sadorra and Steven Zierk are the leading pl…
Svidler Wins Historic 8th Russian Championship Title
15 Dec 2017 | 12:57 am CET
GM Peter Svidler and WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina are the winners of the 2017 Russian Championship's Superfinals, which finished on Thursday in St. Pete…
Akobian, Rambaldi Win Titled Tuesday
13 Dec 2017 | 8:52 pm CET
In a tight Titled Tuesday field, GMs Varuzhan Akobian and Francesco Rambaldi, both living in St. Louis, topped Chess.com's second Titled Tuesday in De…
Caruana Tops London; Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour
11 Dec 2017 | 9:51 pm CET
Fabiano Caruana won the London Chess Classic after beating Ian Nepomniachtchi in a playoff. Both players had finished on 6/9. Magn…
Nepomniachtchi Clear 1st In London By Beating Struggling Carlsen
10 Dec 2017 | 7:26 pm CET
Winning his third game in a row against a struggling world champion, Ian Nepomniachtchi is the sole leader at the London Chess Classic with one r…
Playoffs To Decide 2018 Grand Chess Tour
10 Dec 2017 | 6:51 pm CET
The 2018 Grand Chess Tour will be decided in a four-player playoff final to be held at the London Chess Classic. This was announced at a press meeting…
Another Escape Gets Carlsen First Win In London
9 Dec 2017 | 9:37 pm CET
Magnus Carlsen was again on the verge of losing at the London Chess Classic today, again came back into the game and this time even won, vs. Mich…
Carlsen Escapes vs Nakamura, Keeps Grand Chess Tour Hope Alive
9 Dec 2017 | 2:59 am CET
Hikaru Nakamura had Magnus Carlsen on the ropes today, but failed to deliver. The only winner in round six of the London Chess Classic …
AlphaZero: Reactions From Top GMs, Stockfish Author
8 Dec 2017 | 6:26 pm CET
The news about AlphaZero beating Stockfish 64-36 without a single loss after just four hours of self-training has shocked the chess world. Chess.com h…
Caruana Again Only Winner In London
7 Dec 2017 | 3:35 am CET
Going into the rest day, Fabiano Caruana took a full-point lead at the London Chess Classic. In round five he was again the only winner afte…
Moskalenko Wins Titled Train Wreck; Additional Tournament Next Week
7 Dec 2017 | 1:40 am CET
Chess.com apologizes to all of its fans and players for December 2017's Titled Train Wreck (Titled Dumpster Fire?). To sum up the technical difficul…
Chess Triumphs, Stumbles and Embarrassments
9 Feb 2017 | 3:36 pm CET
Chess Champions and Their Queens
17 Jan 2017 | 6:09 pm CET
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
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
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
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…
William Lombardy, Chess Grandmaster Turned Priest, Dies at 79

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…
Elias Burstein, Pioneer in Semiconductors, Dies at 99

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

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…
Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

The ex-computer science professor, a correspondence chess champion, won what has been called one of the greatest games ever. It lasted three years.
Mark Taimanov, World-Class Chess and Piano Player, Dies at 90

Mr. Taimanov was a classical pianist and former Soviet chess champion whose lopsided loss to Bobby Fischer in 1971 cost him his government salary.
U.S. Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad With Help of Imported Talent

The five-member American team at the 42nd Chess Olympiad included three players who were recruited from other countries.
Viktor Korchnoi, Chess Giant Who Drew Soviet Ire, Dies at 85

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…
Chess Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana Switches Nationality and Will Play for U.S.

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.