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Interview with José Diaz
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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
Even devout Petrosian fans cannot deny that combinations are aesthetically pleasing by definition. However, keen tactical vision is no longer a unique commodity.
Sharp combinatorial awareness has become a required skill of all serious chess play... | Read More
After taking the world championship title from Jose Raul Capablanca in their 1927 match (covered last week), Alexander Alekhine defended his title twice against Efim Bogoljubow: in 1929 and again in 1934.
Like Emanuel Lasker, Alekhine has also b... | Read More
The Vieux Carré or French Quarter, cradled in the crescent of the Mississippi River, was the original site of La Nouvelle-Orléans. Although during the 19th century New Orleans expanded and become more Americanized eroding th... | Read More
Million Dollar Fantasy
Chess.com member Einet890 asked: “If you were to train me for two years to become a GM and had a million dollars on the line, what would the training look like?”
This kind of question c... | Read More
There is arguably no other game with the timeless staying power and global reach of chess. Unlike most of the other games and sports played today by millions around the world, chess has a history that spans millennia.
While chess has change... | Read More
The majority of chess players like opening traps.
I believe the main appeal of setting a trap is not the chance to win the game instantly. What really makes an opening trap attractive for chess players of all levels is the thrill of a hunt... | Read More
As many fans of Paul Morphy know, there have been some historical fiction written about him. On my Morphy website I host two short stories about Morphy: "The Best American Chess Player" by Dan Heisman and"The Day Kasparov Played ... | Read More
"I noticed that the pre-registration for the Open section of the Holly Heisman Memorial (HHM) fundraiser chess tournament on Aug 3 (in Wynnewood, PA just outside Philadelphia) has several titled players. I am only in the 1500's. Is there any way I... | Read More
Professor: Welcome back.
Class: Welcome back to you, too, Professor.
Rachel: So what are you going to talk about today?
Professor: Well, the last two sessions had to do with queens winning queens.
Ryan: Were you planning to present more of tha... | Read More
Last week, we examined the rook lift as an attacking tool. Of course, a rook is not only an attacking piece -- it can be mobilized for positional reasons as well.
In this article, we will analyze several instances in which the rook lift serves a... | Read More
As we move further from the misty past and closer to modernity in our exploration of the endgames of world championship matches, we come to the battle between the incumbent champion, Jose Raul Capablanca, and the challenger, Alexander Alekhine.
... | Read More
For just the second time, Chess.com's Death Match will feature two ladies. GM Nadezhda Kosintseva will take on GM Irina Krush in Death Match 26 on Saturday, July 26 at 12 p.m. Eastern (GMT -5), 9 a.m. Pacific.
The event will be live on Chess.com... | Read More
One hundred years ago the chess world witnessed one of the greatest chess tournaments of all time, Saint Petersburg 1914. Its storylines were numerous and compelling: Capablanca's early domination, Alekhine's first major international success, Rub... | Read More
The Ohio Chess Academy & The Dayton Chess Club Bring You
A Single Open Section Chess Tournament
Open to Everyone!
Chess Tournament July 25-27, 2014
THE SAME FORMAT USED AT THE US OPEN CHESS... | Read More
Warning! This is a fairly advanced article. I try to write for players of all ratings, so sometimes I explore basic stuff, and other times I bow to the 1800-and-above crowd. Though the opening in question is too advanced for beginners, I hope that... | Read More
Pls tell your GM-IM norm seeker pupils and chessfriends in your country, from 2nd - until 12th August FIRST SATURDAY we have GM and IM tournament in Budapest. We have some vacancies yet.
The next tournaments:
1. 10th-16th... | Read More
There are so many groups on Chess.com that site members can join but which groups are the best, and why? Below, you will find a list of the absolute best groups on Chess.com.
#1 Chess.com University
Chess.com University is the largest group... | Read More
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably well-informed on chess in general.
So you already know that Chess.com offers an extensive library of chess news, articles, videos, openings information, training tools, and lessons... | Read More
The game from round 17 of the Soviet Championship 1957 was more proof that Tal was getting back to his great form. Even though it was just a draw, this game was one of Tal's favorites.
In his book, Tal wrote that he always loved the b... | Read More
UPDATE: Video recordings significantly discounted for a limited time.
From July 7th-11th, 2014, Chess.com University hosted its first-ever and in fact, the world's first-ever online summer chess camp. This high-profile event gathered instructors... | Read More
NM aww-rats free video lessons group
Dan Heisman Learning Center
If you join and take advantage of what we offer, your chess will improve!
It's really no contest if you look at what we offer. No other coaching group compares on all fronts:
1) ... | Read More
About a year after I learned the rules of the game, I became practically obsessed with rook lifts. In my (inexperienced and naive) opinion, no attack was truly complete without an aesthetically pleasing rook lift.
Indeed I had a rook (or two) on... | Read More
Professor: Happy July 18, class!
Class: Happy July 18 to you, Professor.
Rachel: What’s so special about July 18?
Professor: I don’t know. It just seems like a beautiful day.
Thomas: Actually, on this date, in the year with the... | Read More