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
Professor: Hello, class.
The class offered a measured blah response. Rachel then spoke up.
Rachel: What’s planned for today, Professor?
Professor: I thought I’d throw it open to the class.
Lucian: How about showing what three m... | Read More
Marzaduri R- IM Sveshnikov V. 1/2
This game was a draw, but I found a nice plan to win for white, I share it with you.
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This is the second part of an article (Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4a) that pointed out some structural similarities between the Sicilian Wing Gambit, the French Wing Gambit, and the Benko Gambit. However, the main focus quickly moved to the... | Read More
The Internet is full of seemingly elegant chess pictures, whether they are stock photographs or staged poses by individuals who want to appear interesting and cerebral.
Unfortunately, the chessboard positions in many of these photographs do not ... | Read More
Professor: How nice to see you all today, class.
The class tried to look like it was smiling.
Professor: If you recall, last week’s session began with a position Thomas had emailed me.
Thomas: It was a position where a queen beat a rook and k... | Read More
After a brief summer break, Chess.com's Death Match returns less than three days from now with a battle between two gold medal winners.
GM Wang Yue (China, FIDE 2713) will take on GM Aleksandr Lenderman (USA, FIDE 2584) in D... | Read More
Is the Sicilian Wing Gambit and the French Defense a version of the Benko Gambit!?
I used to play the Wing Gambit against the Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3. I must say I played it due to my laziness (avoiding the Sicilian t... | Read More
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