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  • Game Of Thrones Or Chess Puzzles?

    IM Daniel Rensch has tried live daily puzzle sessions before, racing against the clock to complete chess tactics before the timer expires. But even Chess.com’s master tactics trainer hasn’t attempted anything like this. This Sunday evening... | Read More

  • Almost There

    © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Lasker's Chess Wisdom

    The second world champion in chess history, Emanuel Lasker, was a unique person. Besides being the champion for 27 years (this record will never be beaten for sure!), he was also a famous mathematician and philosopher.  In his prime Lasker ... | Read More

  • Honest Abe

    Honest Abe - Chess Player      Although the documentation is rather sparce and anecdotal,  Abraham Lincoln was known to have been a chess player.  Below are a few of the instances where Chess crossed path with Mr. Lincoln. "The Eve... | Read More

  • José Raúl Capablanca's Greatest Positional Wins

    José Maria Capablanca was a busy man. A lieutenant in the cavalry division of the Spanish army, he spent his limited free time playing chess with fellow soldiers. One day, his four-year-old-son José Raúl decided to reliev... | Read More

  • How To Play The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit

    The 90s were a decade of complex openings:  in particular, the King's Indian and the Semi-Slav. In 1992, a peculiar attacking idea came out of Latvia to combat the Semi-Slav, Meran Variation. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6... | Read More

  • Tactics Or Positional Play? The Ladies Teach Chess

    I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... | Read More

  • The 5 Best Computer Chess Engines

    Computers are the future of chess. Almost everyone agrees on that. But the statement doesn’t go far enough. By and large, computers are also the present of chess. With the question of man vs. machine long-ago settled over the chessboard,... | Read More

  • The Chess Uppercut

    One of the most intellectual sports, chess, surprisingly has many similarities with one of the most barbaric sports, boxing. In both activities you are basically trying to "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Today we are going to ... | Read More

  • 4 Tips To Bounce Back From A Tough Tournament

     The only thing worse than having a bad tournament is having to play another tournament immediately after. If you’re not careful, you may allow your poor performance to affect your subsequent results. Follow the tips below to bounce ... | Read More

  • Manny

     Chess often forms a juncture with various disciplines such as literature, poetry, music, painting or films.  The point where they meet can be symbolic, thematic or just a hook meant to reel in the audience.  Certain artists or writers are, in... | Read More

  • Thanks For The Memory

    © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Can A GM And Rybka Beat Stockfish?

    Around June, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well establis... | Read More

  • Sac A Queen To Find A Mate! A Love Story

    We all have terrible ideas now and then. Typically, they stem from the crazy urge to sacrifice a piece. Even the best of the best can’t always resist. In fact, this series will pay tribute to those special moments when the game's most powerf... | Read More

  • A Guide To Underpromotion

    The concept of underpromotion epitomizes the beauty of chess. Mathematically speaking, the queen is far and away the most potent force on the board. Yet there are certain situations in which the lady's subordinates are more deserving of reincarnat... | Read More

  • Lighting The Pirc Defense On Fire

    The Pirc Defense is certainly one of the most provocative openings. Black fianchettos his king bishop instead of immediately challenging in the center. White therefore has a variety of fierce attacking methods. Of these, the fiercest is the Austri... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations: The Good Old Days

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny b... | Read More

  • The 7 Best Upcoming Chess.com Events

    Chess fans have a lot to look forward to at Chess.com. If you like big-time chess events, you're going to love this spring.  Yesterday, a charity fundraising simul hosted by world-number-nine GM Anish Giri online on Chess.com's live serve... | Read More

  • How To Be A Chess Legend

    Legend: a story coming down from the past; especially: one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable (Merriam Webster Dictionary). There are great chess players and there are legendary chess players. What's the differenc... | Read More

  • Max and Dorothea

      Le Roi jouant avec La Reine(Max Ernst, 1944) called "The King of Chess" in "Chess Review's" coverage of theImagery of Chess  "The King Playing With the Queen" was originally a wire-reinforced plaster sculpture  painted a homogenous blue.... | Read More

  • The Art Of Chess Defense

    Every chess player has a unique style, his own tendencies and preferences. But one attribute is common to all elite grandmasters: tenacity. Consider Magnus Carlsen's performance at the 2015 Gashimov Memorial. In the first round, Magnus conf... | Read More

  • Bent Larsen's Monster

    Today we will be taking a look at what is, on the surface, a grotesque combination of Bird's Opening and the Orangutang. Combining these two obscure openings might seem to create a monster worthy of Dr. Moreau -- or perhaps Dixon Bainbridge of The... | Read More

  • Can You Find These Classic Combinations?

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny b... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Think When Playing A Grandmaster

    [UPDATE: You can play GM Anish Giri and support the Nepal earthquake recovery effort. Details here.] My first game of online chess was against a grandmaster. Decades ago, I had signed up for a now-defunct website, and logged in to play for my ... | Read More

  • Women In Chess: Be Aggressive

    The recent Women's World Championship was a fascinating event. You could find everything we love about chess competitions: neat combinations, unpredictable results (will we ever forget Natalia Pogonina's amazing comebacks in almost every single ma... | Read More

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