There are 64 squares on a chessboard, and many more ways to play the game.
We all know the styles of the great world champions: Fischer's relentless accuracy, Petrosian's impregnable defense, Karpov's clean and positional chess, Kasparov's sheer... | Read More
George Walker's life (1803-1879) spanned one of the most remarkable periods of chess. As a chess player, he met and played such personalities as John Cochrane, William Lewis, Alexander McDonnell, Labourdonnais, Pierre Charl... | Read More
[Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.]
CELEBRITIES GONE WILD
1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More
The World Youth Championship that took place in Greece last month was a great showcase of the best young chess players from all around the world.
It also demonstrated the typical mistakes many young players make. While today we are going to... | Read More
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Interview with José Diaz
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Chess is a cruel game. One moment of negligence, one second of distracted thinking, and hours of hard work instantly go down the drain. For most chess players, the euphoria of success — a combination, a hard-fought victory, a positional mast... | Read More
Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits, including better memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and more. (10 Big Benefits of P... | Read More
Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1819)
Jacob Henry Sarratt, born in 1772, worked primarily as schoolmaster but was much better known for his avocations which, of course, included chess.
After Philidor's death, Verdoni (along with Leg... | Read More
In chess, ego is king. Thus one often hears a player who just lost saying, “I beat myself!”
The old “I beat myself!” is often a way to convince yourself that you could have beaten your opponent if it wasn’t for this... | Read More
This is the last installment of my tribute to IM Emory Tate. The first two parts can be found here and here.
There are definitely people out there who knew Emory much better than me, so they could disagree, but I always had an impression that hi... | Read More
San Luis, Argentina, 2005: A double-round-robin tournament was held to determine the FIDE world champion.
In those days the world championship was still split after Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short left FIDE for their 1993 match. The chess world l... | Read More
Miss Rosa Jefferson
The champion women chess player of the world
Rosa B. Jefferson
Although she was a significant historical figure in American chess, Rosa Bradford Jefferson has remained largely unknown. Miss Jefferson edited ... | Read More
In last week's article we paid tribute to a creative chess player and a nice person, IM Emory Tate. As a man who played Emory many times, I can tell you that a game with him was always just like our life according to Forrest Gump.
Remember his f... | Read More
A few months ago, IM Jeremy Silman wrote an entertaining and highly informative article on why grandmasters blunder.
I was particularly impressed with his opening remark:
"Over the years I’ve noticed that whenever a grandmaster hang... | Read More
Before the 2000 world championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov, the latter had been champion since long before I started playing chess. Kasparov dominated the chess world and seemed unbeatable. I naturally assumed that he wou... | Read More
Many people who have no knowledge of or even interest in Chess know the name Bobby Fischer because he is so iconic. There are such icons in all endeavors - those who transcend their fields and become public figures, such as Einstein... | Read More
How to Improve Your Tactics
Chess.com member shivendu2059xyz asked:
I would like to discuss how to get better at tactics. Is solving tons of puzzles the only way to improve?
There are many ways to study ... | Read More
The recent departure of IM Emory Tate is a severe blow to American chess. While we have many chess players who are stronger than him and a huge number of chess players who are weaker than him, we'll never have another Emory Tate.
In this article... | Read More
The title of this article sounds like the name of a cheap horror flick, perhaps a low-budget rip-off of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A spine-chilling monster known as the Grinder terrorizes the inhabitants of a fictional town...
A quick... | Read More
After Anatoly Karpov came Garry Kasparov, the 13th world champion. Kasparov took opening preparation to possibly the most extreme level of any champions before or since. His deep explorations, with the help of a team of grandmasters and -- a new p... | Read More