You cannot be a really strong chess player unless you know how to play endgames.
This simple statement was a cornerstone of the Soviet school of chess. There was even a well known Russian chess saying: "С молодёжью - в эндш... | Read More
Professor: Good afternoon, class.
The class offered a nebulous “hello” to the Professor.
Rachel: What's on the agenda for today, Professor?
Professor: I thought we'd show examples based on a position Thomas emailed me earl... | Read More
At the time that Vasily Smyslov became world champion, a rule was in effect giving the previous champion an automatic rematch in the event that he lost the title. Mikhail Botvinnik benefited from this rule twice -- the first instance was with Smys... | Read More
Hello chess.com readers! I'm absolutely thrilled to share with you some groundbreaking research on the little understood link between world chess champions and intergalactic debris avoidance.
You see, ever since there have been chessplayers t... | Read More
Today we’ll enjoy a lighthearted (with a tad of “morbid” tossed in) look at the time-honored queen sacrifice. I’m calling it “Parting With the Lady” in honor of the late Jerry Hanken, who wrote a number of excel... | Read More
American women had been playing chess long before establishment of the USCF in the late 1930s. In fact, as early as the mid 1890s, an officially conducted match was played between two highly considered lady chess players to determine t... | Read More
The Chess Olympiad is one of my favorite events. In the words of the Romanian GM Mihail Marin, "the champions themselves do not mind rubbing shoulders with mere mortals, even though this may look risky for their ratings."
Most lopsided matchups,... | Read More
Professor: Welcome, everyone.
In its typical blasé manner, the class offered a communal smile back.
Professor: How unusual for this class, Thomas. You have your hand up. What is it?
Thomas: I saw a position in Washington Square ... | Read More
When Fabiano Caruano was about 12, he and his father Lou, whom I knew casually, approached the TD booth to ask for a bye in one of the Continental Chess Association's big Philadelphia-based open events.
I was the fill-in TD and, although I knew h... | Read More
After Alekhine's death and the subsequent 1948 world championship tournament (covered in my article last week), the chess world began the three-year world championship cycle, which would continue in relatively orderly fashion until Kasparov and Sh... | Read More
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Peter’s Chess Vibes
“In July I was on holidays for most of the month, and so I missed a lot of chess, for instance the annual tourn... | Read More
I can speak easier than I can explain, so I made a short video. In essence, the common opening mistake being made in amateur chess is pushing rook pawns (a and h files) up one square to keep Bishops and Knights from giving pins or threatening fork... | Read More
One of the first chess books I bought myself was a red little volume in German called Garrik Kasparow - Idol der Jugend by T.Lais. Published in 1983 - when Kasparov was just 20 years old - it contained 60 lightly annotated games played by the late... | Read More
Despite his irritable personality and somewhat dogmatic assertions, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) is the undisputed patriarch of modern positional thought.
In his magnum opus My System (1925), Nimzowitsch formulated and verbalized a litany o... | Read More
Professor: Good day, class.
The class smiled back, some of the students even said “hi.”
Professor: Are there any questions before we begin today’s session?
Hale: I was wondering if I could show the final moves from a blitz game I had the... | Read More
There are many different traps in chess. Some of them are so well known that you can hardly use these tricks even against relatively weak players.
However, some traps are good enough to catch even grandmasters. Sometimes, the world's leadi... | Read More
Professor: Howdy, class.
Here the class responded with a collective “hi.”
Professor: We have a new class member being added to our roster today. I’d like you to meet Idris.
Everyone smiled coyly, but warmly.
Zephyr: Wha... | Read More
"If you had to pick only one legacy to leave to the chess world, what would it be?"
Well, I have long given up on any hopes of my campaign to de-emphasize the wonderfully accurate but humanly over-dependent rating system (see Encouraging Tourname... | Read More
According to the book of Exodus, the 10 Commandments were inscribed on two stone tablets and given to Moses on the top of Mt. Sinai -- literally, "from on high."
The 10 commandments of chess, on the other hand, were written by the experts at Che... | Read More
Professor: Bonjour, class.
Class: Bonjour, to you as well, Professor.
Lucian: What’s with the French?
Thomas: Were you trying to confuse us?
Professor: No, not at all.
Zephyr: Then why use French to say good afternoon?
Ryan: Do... | Read More