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    • Are Time Increments Bad For Chess?

      Please help me out.  I can’t decide whether incremental time controls are a good thing or a bad thing, and until I decide one way or the other the question is gnawing away at me like a tricky mate in 5 that I just can’t solve.Modern digi... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 13, 2011
      • | 7352 views
      • | 39 comments
    • Are You An Undiscovered Chess Genius?

      At its heart, chess is a mathematical game and aptitude for mathematics and chess often go hand in hand. But genius also needs a spark of creativity to make solving problems easy.  If you can whiz through the tricky puzzles below, you're proba... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 7, 2011
      • | 10925 views
      • | 51 comments
    • 8 Shortcuts To Chess Improvement

      The road to chess improvement is normally a long and difficult struggle which requires a lot of hard work and commitment. According to accepted wisdom you should: practice as much as possible by playing lots of games, especially at slow time c... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 2, 2011
      • | 55488 views
      • | 56 comments
    • Is Chess A Game Of Chance?

      “Parcheesi was a game that held Bobby’s interest for a while.  He liked moving his tiger and elephant pawns through his opponent’s blockades, but he became furious if, owing to a toss of the dice, he was captured and sent back to ‘Star... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 24, 2011
      • | 10002 views
      • | 66 comments
    • ENDGAME: What Was Bobby Fischer Really Like?

      ENDGAME: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise And FallBy Frank BradyPublished by Constable (UK, 2011)Frank Brady is perhaps uniquely placed to write with skill and authority about the enigmatic and controversial 11th World Chess Champion, Bobby Fi... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 17, 2011
      • | 13810 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Are You Obsessed By Chess? Take The Quiz!

      How significant a part of your life is chess? Can you take it or leave it, or are you totally addicted? Try the not entirely serious quiz below to find out just how obsessed you are with chess! Pick the answer that’s closest to the truth! S... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 13, 2011
      • | 8041 views
      • | 45 comments
    • Win Free Chess Gear From Endgame!

      The coolest chess gear available has to be from Endgame, The Original Chess Apparel.  The company aims to produce chess T-shirts that you would be proud to wear in public; that look cool even to our non-chess playing friends! Now, Endgame are ab... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 9, 2011
      • | 3718 views
      • | 4 comments
    • 8 Ways To Make The Most of Your Premium Membership

      So you've taken the plunge and bought a premium membership at Chess.com. How can you make the most of your investment?1. Watch Chess Video Lessons (Diamond Members)There are literally hundreds of instructional videos by titled players which are ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 4, 2011
      • | 5360 views
      • | 13 comments
    • An Introduction To Boris Gelfand

      When Boris Gelfand won the Candidates event in Kazan to earn the right to challenge Vishy Anand for the world title it was the pinnacle - to date - of a long chess career. But although Gelfand has been competing at the top level for two decades, ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 1, 2011
      • | 4574 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Discover Your Russian Grandmaster Name!

      Who hasn’t dreamed of being a chess grandmaster? But if you were a Russian chess grandmaster, what would be your name?  With sincere apologies to all Russians, not to mention women, now you can find out by following the four easy steps belo... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 27, 2011
      • | 7983 views
      • | 92 comments