Today, we will continue our exploration of brilliant combinations that have been wrongly cast into oblivion.
First, I would like to share one of my own games from many years back, in which I missed a gorgeous mating sequence. It was a very pain... | Read More
Professor: Happy day before Saturday, class.
Zephyr: I wanted to bring something up.
Professor: I'm fine. How are you? You couldn't wait to say "hello?"
Zephyr: Hello, Professor. Now can we talk about it?
Professor: About what?
Zephyr: Double... | Read More
By 1990, Garry Kasparov had done what nobody had done before since the creation of the world championship: defended his title multiple times against the clearly best challenger. All in all, he and Anatoly Karpov played five quite grueling matches ... | Read More
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I would like to thank Ala_ for posting this game. I chose this game because it featu... | Read More
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Editor Peter Doggers borrowed Dejan Bojkov's term to describe Fabiano Caruana's recent successes. Doggers writes: ... | Read More
The last two weeks, we looked at the chess pieces most and least likely to survive the game.
Most of the time, those chess pieces will be the normal Staunton tournament set we all know so well.
When playing online, though, you can choose ... | Read More
In the first two installments of this article, we discussed the situations where it is beneficial to ignore well established principles of chess. Today we'll talk about another "sacred cow" of chess rules, the most dangerous one to bend!
H... | Read More
How much time do you have for chess? What is the best way to study? These are questions I pose in my Video Lesson 001 on YouTube. I created this video right before I became active at chess.com. Since that time, I have nearly 500 public videos avai... | Read More
From 1st-11th Nov First Saturday GM-IM-FM norm tournaments in Budapest. Pls tell this possibility to your chess friends as well.
Your feedback would be highly appreciated.
IO Nagy Laszlo, www.firstsaturday.hu
(Possible online cha... | Read More
In this day and age, nary a chess player is unfamiliar with the most famous tactical games of all time: Morphy-Count Isouard, Anderssen-Kieseritzky (The Immortal Game), Anderssen-Dufresne (The Evergreen Game), Glucksberg-Najdorf (The Polish Immort... | Read More
Professor: Hello, class.
No reaction. A few suppressed smiles.
Thomas: What were you planning for today, Professor?
Professor: I thought we'd talk about the two bishops.
Lucian: How they're better than two knights?
Rachel: Or be... | Read More
With Anatoly Karpov having "inherited" the world title, he was eager to win as many tournaments as possible to prove that he was worthy of the title. And this he did.
Besides winning such tournaments as Milan 1975, Las Palmas 1977, Bugojno 1978... | Read More
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
Professor: Hello, Class.
Class: Hello, Professor.
The class resounded as one, but very low.
Professor: Rachel, you wanted to show us a position?
Rachel: Nothing special. It came from the club ladder.
Professor: Wherever it came fro... | Read More
After Bobby Fischer won the world championship in 1972, he was a hero -- not just in the U.S., but for chess players everywhere. But being a hero is not for everyone.
Always hard-working and ambitious, Fischer had fought more against himself tha... | Read More
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 year... | Read More
Most of us have our favorite openings to play, and lots of players know their favorite chess piece.
Despite our preferences and best intentions, though, most of the actual pieces on the chessboard don’t survive to the end of the game.
Ch... | Read More
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Just as chess fans all over the world were excited by the goings-on at the recent Chess Olympics, so were the staff at Chess Informant excited at... | Read More
Professor: Good afternoon, chess players! I hope you’re ready for some chess.
It was almost possible to discern a modicum of interest.
Hale: Where are we headed today, Professor?
Professor: I thought we’d look at some composed mates.
Rache... | Read More
"If you had a choice of seeing the future or reading your opponent's mind as they apply to a chess game, which one would you do?"
I never had that question before!
If I could see the future (not with regards to the game), there are some options ... | Read More