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  • Coaches Get Off Couches For Death Match 28

    Two of the world's most accomplished chess coaches will put down their red pens and fire up their laptops for Death Match 28. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, coach of this year's U.S. Women's Champion and U.S. Championship finalist, and GM Simen Agdeste... | Read More

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 3

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 years of age),... | Read More

  • Draws: Positions you should never, ever agree to draw!

    Positions you should NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER draw. picture courtesy of http://www.kikiramsey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/no.gif I wish to discuss the types of positions that we should never accept draws in. I'll start with some positi... | Read More

  • The 9 Chess GIFs You Have to See

    GIFs are a fun and quick way to share an animated image. These animations are short and soundless, so they do not require the viewer to invest as much time and attention as full videos. It’s no surprise that GIF animations are some of the ... | Read More

  • How to Spot the "Invisible" Pin

    Pins are very popular and powerful chess weapons, and I am sure you've used them in dozens of your own games. If you just started playing chess and never heard about pins, I strongly recommend you check the Tactics Trainer. But even if you are... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #61: Save the Knight and Lose

    Professor: It’s time for chess! Silent acknowledgment ensued. No one said anything aurally detectable. Professor: I’m not sure what to do today. Any thoughts? Thomas: I had a curious position the other night. Rachel: What kind of curious p... | Read More

  • Incredible chess.com groups to join!

    I've belonged to many groups in my 2.5 active years here, but these are the best on chess.com for what they offer you, the valued member of chess.com. The first two groups are far and away the best coaching groups on chess.com, and our satisfied ... | Read More

  • What's Your Favorite Chess Piece?

    Before we even play our first game of chess, we learn how the pieces move. The fact that the pieces travel the board in different ways is our first clue that the pieces themselves are not interchangeable. After a while, we find out about the &ld... | Read More

  • The Cab Driver Who Knew How to Play Chess

    In the beginning of 1980s, a young and promising British international master (let's call him Nigel) played a chess tournament in the Soviet Union. At that point, a tournament in the USSR was the best possible chess school for any chess player, an... | Read More

  • How to Steal a Chess Game

    All chess players, whether they're GMs or novices, have bad days. However, chess is not a cumulative game — one blunder, one moment of premature relaxation —  can instantly nullify hours of hard work. A few months... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #60: Let's Play Detective!

    Professor: Hey, class, what’s up? A murmur of hello could be detected. Zephyr: Speaking for the class, we’re ready for some chess. Lucian: What are we doing today? Professor: I thought we’d play detective. Rachel: Play detective? What d... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Petrosian vs. Botvinnik

    Mikhail Tal had come and gone; the older Mikhail (Botvinnik) was still on the throne of chess. But in 1963, another archetypal chess player which had heretofore not been seen made his appearance. Tigran Petrosian was born in 1929 in Tbilisi, Geo... | Read More

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 1

    When discussing great games, many chess fans always think of slashing attacks and outrageous combinations. While every world-class player tossed out more than a few epic combinations at some point in his career, positional masterpieces are far har... | Read More

  • 5 Ways Chess Can Boost Your Resumé

    Working on your chess doesn’t have to translate to results solely over the board. Experience in chess can go a long way in applications, university personal statements, and job interviews. However, you have to highlight the right skill... | Read More

  • How to Hypnotize Your Opponents!

    The recently finished Sinquefield Cup is going to attract chess players' attention for a long time. Mostly, chess analysts will concentrate their efforts trying to explain the phenomenal result of Fabiano Caruana. You can read my version here.&nbs... | Read More

  • What Happened?

    © 2014, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • How to Win Equal Positions

    Through the years, I've heard quite a few players claim that having an equal position against a stronger player is pure torture. Even though you might be playing for a win, once a desirable result is close at hand, it becomes tempting to overestim... | Read More

  • Official 2014 Mind Games Tournament Rules

    Chess.com's Mind Games Tournament Details & Schedule: Starting September 15th | Round 1 of 2014 Mind Games Begins: Round 1 of the tournament will start on September 15th Must be a member of the Mind Games group here http://www.chess.com... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Sep 12, 2014

    "When you start a game, how do you get into the mood of concentrating from move 1?" "If you are in a bad mood, how do you prevent this from negatively affecting your play?" Those are good questions, and they are not completely unrelated. It only... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Botvinnik vs. Tal (1961 Rematch)

    Throughout the second half of 1960 and the first few months of 1961, the world had an unusual sort of champion. Throughout most of the history of chess, its world champions have been -- at least to a large extent -- pragmatic and balanced players.... | Read More