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Are chess players opening-obsessed nowadays? Do chess players spend way too much time for studying openings nowadays? Am I the only one who thinks it is somewhat strange to see a 1300 player showing critical opening variations to a master at the local chess club? And what about constant worrying about what openings to play? Main lines? Yeah, lets see what Kasparov plays, or what variations score the best in my 5-million game database. But wait a… More: chess online
Free Chess Game 49 ( +1 | -1 )
Linares Boredom I was hoping for some exciting games in the Linares tournament, but so far, after three rounds only Leko has posted a win. A rusty Kasparov is trying his best, but the rest, Kramnik, et al are just "mailing in" their moves. I think we'll have to make a win worth 3pts, a draw one, to get these grandmasters to avoid taking the easy way out and destroying top-level chess. Who would have thought I thought Shirov-Kasparov was pretty… More: backgammon online
Chess Strategy 88 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess without studying Hi, Im basically an amature who just plays some chess for the fun of it and to keep my brains working a lill :D I Was wondering, what can I expect in terms of my level of chess if I dont study any chessbooks or whatever cuz so far I havent and Im not really lookin to do so either for some reason. So I just rely on common sense and logic when I play. Surely when I play more and more ill start remembering certain stuff that… More: online chess
Chess Base 127 ( +1 | -1 )
Nastiest way to Win or Lose (continued) Hey, I read (I think it was a book by Ron Curry, but can't remember for sure) that our young author went up against one fellow who was *eating* at a tournament game, a nice messy sandwich, and he made sure that he adjusted *all* the pieces, distracting the poor fellow to no end. He lost that game, and later realized he should have notified the TD. I guess he was deferring to the other players seniority or… More: backgammon online
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Linares 2003 One of the highlights of the year! Best wishes Cairo PS! You can predict your own winner at the link above! Hey, they'll have live coverage! ( I'm looking forward to that... The fantasy chess league for Linares is at It's always fun trying to predict the winners and losers -- and to find your predictions ranked with… More: chess history
Multiplayer Chess 205 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess SECRETS ... "shhh!" Not too Loud, we don't want this spread around. Cuz Everyone Know, REAL Chess Secrets are NEVER given away for FREE. Not the really good stuff, right? Usually paid for with cold hard Coaching Cash or tears and losses to learn a new secret. (Which are never really NEW either, just new to Us at some time) *** Well this is no different, because if you come here to read up on some Chess Secrets, its only right that you… More: correspondence chess
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A bust to the kings gambit? This was printed by fischer and i am just giving the main line not the many side lines he gave: 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6! 4. Bc4 h6 5. d4 g5 6. O-O Bg7 7. c3 Nc6 8. Qb3 Qe7 9. h4 Nf6 10. hxg5 hxg5 11. Nxg5 Nxe4 12. Bxf7+ Kd8 13. Nxe4 Qxe4 14. Bxf4 Nxd4 If anyone realy wants me to i can copy the hole article by fischer for you. But I was wondering what the higher rated players would do after d6! as white? and of play chess online…
Chess Problems 283 ( +1 | -1 )
Gambits That Didn't Quite Make it Nowadays, you will do anything to get the initiative, even if it involves sacrificing material or pawn structure. Yes, these gambits may be unsound, easily refuted, and hard to play, but yet, they have a profound curiosity inherent to them. Let's look at a few of these "strange gambits" and, maybe, you might just want to catch your opponent offguard and use one of these (they go down in respectability). Lvov play chess online…
Computer Chess 322 ( +1 | -1 )
good chess books? I'm a begginer looking for my first chess book. I need some suggestions you could look at my games and tell me what you think I'm bad at. Most say I need a good openings book and suggestions? Opening book? That is the last thing you need! 1) you need an introductory book or article that simply states the main rules or opening play (development, don't move the same piece twice etc.). Actually such things are easy to find on the play chess online…
Chess Games 361 ( +1 | -1 )
Is chess a sport? I first thought about this question when I was reading an article in chess life about Fide trying to get chess into the Olympics. At first I totally disagreed with it, siding with the people who don't consider chess a 'sport'. but after playing my first over-the-board games with a real chess clock against strong chess players, I now consider over-the-board chess to be quite athletic! I was so nervous about the chess-clock and play chess online…
Chess Openings 400 ( +1 | -1 )
why??? why won't lower rated players resign to people a lot better than them when they are down a peice?? there is almost no chance of a draw or win. all it does is annoy me jason well... Many different reasons probably. When I was learning I played out most of my games to the bitter end just to see how it was done. I was watching and learning. Sometimes an opponet would "fall asleep" and make a blunder letting me back in the game. I even won a play chess online…
Chess Notation 439 ( +1 | -1 )
Novice Nook #6 It's the weekend, so time to head over to and look over a "new" archived Novice Nook article. This one's called "Chess Books and Prerequisites". Since a favorite topic around GK is "what books should I read" or "what should I study", this should be a good one. The link is: -> I'm getting married this weekend, so you may have to do without my insightful, lucid commentary until later in the week. play chess online…
Play Chess Free 478 ( +1 | -1 )
Drawing etiquette Declining the offer of a draw by my opponent, I played on, but after a few more moves he posted this: "Comment: (theblackpawn) I offer you a draw. Be realistic - your knight will never be able to cross over the board beyond the fourth rank!! I have managed to keep him at bay and the situation seems to prevail as such untill you face the reality. But I like your fighting spirit." Does this kind of persuasion cross the bounds of play chess online…
Chess Tactics 517 ( +1 | -1 )
Doubled/Isolated Pawns Good or Bad? Hi everyone, thought it might be a good idea to put this open to debate. If you recall my game against Apastpawn (Wayne) - Caught out by an Expert Sacrifice, I exchanged a bishop for a knight and opened up the b file giving him doubled and isolated pawns. This backfired on me so the doubled/isolated pawns were a Good Thing. In my last game against Marinvucsic as black which ended in yet another defeat play chess online…
Chess Online 556 ( +1 | -1 )
end game here's a question regarding choices of pieces in an endgame. is it better to have A) King, a bishop and 5 pawns vs King, knight and 4 pawns B) King, rook, bishop & 4 pawns vs King, rook, knight & 3 pawns sometimes decisions for the endgame can be difficult any thoughts? depends on position of pawns. I think.... this is too general a question to be able to provide a meaningful answer. There are too many unknown variables. Are the play chess online…
Chess Puzzles 595 ( +1 | -1 )
I've started playing the Caro-Kann. I am a beginner trying to obtain a decent(ish) opening repetoire and have recently started to play the Caro-Kann whilst black. Could anybody tell me the pros and cons of this defense ? Thank you ! Pros: Thematic ideas are easy to implement,not much theory to learn,can be played against any strength opposition. Cons: not very agressive,can lead to somewhat passive positions for Black if not played correctly. But play chess online…