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  • More Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    In my first edition of Cracked Grandmaster Tales, I shared stories about Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas, Grandmaster Igor Ivanov, a tribute to Igor Ivanov by Boris Spassky, a short tale about an unknown grandmaster, and a story about the late Wa... | Read More

  • Titled Tuesday: What You Need To Know

    Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's flagship competitive event, and starting in October 2015, there will be double the fun with two tournaments on the first Tuesday of every month. Any verified titled player may participate for free, with the chance t... | Read More

  • Self Knockout

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

  • Who Will Beat Magnus Carlsen?

    If you follow my weekly column, then you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Magnus Carlsen. I like his chess style, his general attitude to play till the very end and his notorious disregard of the opening theory. I grew up at the height... | Read More

  • Bobby Fischer's Overlooked Gem

    Officially released on September 16, the biographical thriller Pawn Sacrifice is the latest development in an ongoing chess renaissance. Directed by Academy Award-winning producer and filmmaker Edward Zwick, Pawn Sacrifice offers a ... | Read More

  • Tigran Petrosian And The Queen's Indian

    Tigran Petrosian, the ninth world champion, gained the title in his 1963 match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Thus the Botvinnik era came to a close, since the automatic rematch clause (which allowed Botvinnik to regain the championship after one year fr... | Read More

  • Notation

    "At the root of all advances in the science of chess-play lies the necessity of discovering an intelligible system of notation, by means of which the squares of the board may be easily defined and the moves of the pieces recorded."  — H.J.R. M... | Read More

  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    I’ve talked to countless chess fans over the years and though all serious chess players have their favorite chess heroes, many of them aren’t in touch with the human side of the chess legends. This is the first of two articles showing some of ... | Read More

  • The New #ChessMonday Marathon

    You might have noticed a big change to the Chess.com TV schedule the last few weeks. To bring you the best-possible chess viewing experience, Chess.com launched the #ChessMonday marathon last month, packing each Monday with back-to-back chess show... | Read More

  • Chess Is Not Checkers!

    "Thank you, GM Serper for this profound statement. I would have never guessed it on my own!" Admit this was your first thought when you read the title of this article. Yes, chess is obviously not checkers and yet, when I was a kid, I heard this ... | Read More

  • The King March

      In every single position — whether opening or endgame, tactical or positional, winning or losing — our priority is to ensure the safety of our king. Indeed, the monarch spends most of the game cowering behin... | Read More

  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More

  • "Queer Moves in Chess"

         I stumbled upon the following article while reading through the March 1903 edition of "Checkmate: Monthly Chess Review."  It looked familiar and I was able to determine I had seen it before in "Pollock Memories,"  a collection of his ... | Read More

  • The Only Certainties: Death Matches And Taxes

    If it feels like we haven't had a Death Match since the early summer, that's because we haven't! Back when GM Maxim Dlugy claimed his title, the days were at their longest and outdoor barbecues were in full swing. But don't fret! As th... | Read More

  • Deadly Mindsets: 'He Can't/I Can't'

    Though I’ve written about chess psychology in my book (How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition – almost 90 pages on the subject!) and in articles on Chess.com, I will continue to do so from time to time since it’s an ext... | Read More

  • Can You Guess These 13 Famous Chess Players?

    Can you identify some of the most famous chess players ever? Find out in another fun contest here on Chess.com.  If you whiffed on our devilishly hard 2014 Holiday Puzzler, take heart: all you have to do this time is fill in the last name o... | Read More

  • How To Bury A Bishop

    Sometimes we can observe a peculiar situation in chess: one of the pieces on the board practically doesn't exist. Yes, it is there: we can see it, we can feel it, but we cannot move it. Therefore, in most of the cases, for a practical purpose su... | Read More

  • The Art Of Maneuvering

    When my journey to the chess world was still in its nascent stages, I picked up a dusty old copy of My System, settled down in a comfortable chair, adopted a grave, contemplative expression, and started to read.  Everything went smooth... | Read More

  • Vasily Smyslov And The Closed Sicilian

    Although Vasily Smyslov was only the world champion for one year, he is nevertheless remembered as among the greatest players ever, and his matches with Mikhail Botvinnik dominated chess in the 1950s. All in all, they played three matches, with ... | Read More

  • The Ages of Chess

    Caveat: The terms I use in the below essay are strictly my own invention and are not, by any means, generally accepted nomenclature. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * \ Chess Comes of Age /      Around the end of the 15t... | Read More

  • The Two Faces Of Opposite-Colored Bishops

    While going over a game with my student, B.B., I noticed that his position wasn’t particularly desirable. I also noticed that he didn’t think there was much to learn from the wreckage before us, and he wanted to move on to another game... | Read More

  • 5 Reasons To Watch The Streamers Challenge

    The Let's Play Chess.com Streamers Challenge will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Pacific on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess. Watch the most popular chess video streamers in the world go head-to-hea... | Read More

  • The Biggest Secret Of Positional Chess

    I am not going to reveal a big secret if I say that the vast majority of chess players love tactical play and hate slow maneuvering. Indeed, tactics are beautiful and exciting and positional chess is weird and boring. That is, if you don't under... | Read More

  • Burning Chess Ambition

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

  • How To Survive A Chess Disaster

    Everyone gets tired from time to time, stress kills, and the periodic brain melt is pretty much impossible to prevent.  — IM Jeremy Silman, Why Do Grandmasters Blunder?  No matter how hard he works, or how strong h... | Read More

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