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  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

  • How To Play The Najdorf Against The Adams Attack

    In Playing Against The Najdorf: The Adams Attack, we saw how an obscure small move (6.h3) was developed as an answer to another small move (5...a6 -- the Najdorf), which had, paradoxically, become the most popular opening in chess. The so-called... | Read More

  • An Incidental Champion

         Some men and women are clearly champions and reach the pinnacle of their field in an almost predictable manner. Some are champion material, but the fates have conspired against them, keeping them from reaching the very top.  Still other... | Read More

  • The Touch Move Rule

    The touch move rule is the most basic rule of tournament chess.  Even people who don't play chess at all know that when a chess player intentionally touches one of his pieces, he must make a move with this piece (of course if such a legal mov... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, February 2015

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes All Over Europe “I write the introduction to this Bulletin from Zurich, where the annual super tournament is under way. Befor... | Read More

  • The Double Bishop Sacrifice

    A few months after I started playing, my coach showed me an ultra-famous game. I recall grinning from ear to ear, thinking that nothing quite so beautiful would ever see the light of day again. Although Lasker's double-bishop sacrifice is sicken... | Read More

  • Mastering Squares, Part 4

    In our first two installments of “Mastering Squares,” we looked at some extremely instructive positions from one of my students. In the third installment, I stepped back and looked at square basics. Now that everyone is “on poi... | Read More

  • Great Early Chess Libraries of the United States

         Once again I'm indebted to my dear friend Deb for finding this.  We were searching for the whereabouts of a certain chess board and chess set that once belonged to E. B. Cook and was used when Frederick Perrin, Thomas Frere and Willard ... | Read More

  • 5 Skills Chess Teaches Kids

    Chess can serve as an extremely powerful education tool. It instills key lessons that aren’t directly taught in the classroom. Through my own chess upbringing beginning when I was five years old, and later through passing on knowledg... | Read More

  • The Discovered Check, Reloaded

    The discovered check is a key weapon in every attacking player's arsenal. To be sure, it has received excellent coverage in chess literature, its potency examined from every angle. However, players still frequently tend to underrate its power.... | Read More

  • Perrin

         Although his association with Paul Morphy was somewhat minimal, Frederick Perrin's chess career was very often viewed though Morphy-colored glasses. When Morphy first arrived in New York for his national debut, Perrin was the first man h... | Read More

  • Stop Making The Same Mistakes Over And Over

    In the movie Groundhog Day (1993), Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman who inexplicably starts repeating February 2 every day in the groundhog-crazed town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Connors spends an unknown amount of time stuck i... | Read More

  • How To Play A Counterblow

    The ability to recover after a tactical oversight is a difficult skill to master. Indeed, the temptation to panic after blundering an ostensibly crushing sacrifice or combination is overwhelming. It is the mark of a strong, experienced player to r... | Read More

  • Mikhail Tal's Chess Boomerang

    The game we are going to analyze today is quite typical for the style of Mikhail Tal. It features sacrifices, crazy attack and a lot of fun! Also, as it happened to many Tal's sacrifices, it was proven incorrect.  Of course it took "only" a... | Read More

  • The Two-Knight Advantage

    Two active bishops working in tandem are a mighty force. Indeed, the bishop's long range enables it to dominate vast swaths of the board, and to simultaneously play both a defensive and an attacking role. While the power of two bishops is... | Read More

  • The Longest Plan In Chess

    Chess is well known as a game of strategy. This is why it is prominently pictured in all kinds of television commercials that have to showcase long-term planning (e.g. insurance, banking, etc.). It is a popular myth among people who don't play c... | Read More

  • Do Grandmasters Know The Rules Of Chess?

    If the title of the article sounds ridiculous, don't rush to a conclusion. I'll try to prove that sometimes even very strong chess players forget the basic rules of chess. Let's talk about castling. Do you remember when it is legal and when it... | Read More

  • 7 Dumb Chess Ideas To Avoid This Year

    We've kicked off a new year, but beginning chess players still play the same unsound chess ideas that have been tried by inexperienced players for decades. Unless their opponents are similarly new to the game, players relying on these unsophisti... | Read More

  • You Must Know This Powerful Endgame Pattern

    There are many basic endgame rules you can find in any chess manual: Centralize your king! Create an outside passed pawn!  Rooks should be placed behind passed pawns! ...I bet you've heard them dozens of times.  And yet one very... | Read More

  • Adonis

         I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | Read More