Imagination is a vital component of every attacking player's arsenal. When attacking, it is easy to assume that a certain move or sequence is forced, thereby allowing your opponent to build up a sudden defensive bastion or attain counterplay.
In ... | Read More
Professor: Hello, Class.
Class: Hello, Professor.
The class resounded as one, but very low.
Professor: Rachel, you wanted to show us a position?
Rachel: Nothing special. It came from the club ladder.
Professor: Wherever it came fro... | Read More
This is the second issue of my column Move by Move Chess Improvement. I would like to thank JeewanAtwal for submitting his game.
A lot of players would without thinking play ...h6 to drive away the bishop. Unfortunately, "instan... | Read More
After Bobby Fischer won the world championship in 1972, he was a hero -- not just in the U.S., but for chess players everywhere. But being a hero is not for everyone.
Always hard-working and ambitious, Fischer had fought more against himself tha... | Read More
This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 year... | Read More
Most of us have our favorite openings to play, and lots of players know their favorite chess piece.
Despite our preferences and best intentions, though, most of the actual pieces on the chessboard don’t survive to the end of the game.
Ch... | Read More
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Just as chess fans all over the world were excited by the goings-on at the recent Chess Olympics, so were the staff at Chess Informant excited at... | Read More
I bet you've all heard an old joke where a man returns from a business trip one day earlier than planned and catches his wife with another man. She denies that anything is going on between her and that man trusts her, even though the obvious evide... | Read More
This is the opening issue of my new series Move by Move Chess Improvement
I have chosen to analyze a game in which Black misunderstood the most important plan of the position and what followed were some missed opportunities from both sides ... | Read More
Professor: Good afternoon, chess players! I hope you’re ready for some chess.
It was almost possible to discern a modicum of interest.
Hale: Where are we headed today, Professor?
Professor: I thought we’d look at some composed mates.
Rache... | Read More
"If you had a choice of seeing the future or reading your opponent's mind as they apply to a chess game, which one would you do?"
I never had that question before!
If I could see the future (not with regards to the game), there are some options ... | Read More
In last week's article, we examined Tigran Petrosian's peerless tactical insight through the lens of his finest attacking efforts.
Today, I would like to explore the second component of his tactical acumen: sharp combinational vision. ... | Read More
In our exploration of the endgames from the world title matches, we have now reached the most famous of all matches -- the so-called "Match of the Century."
Besides the unusual and brilliant character of Bobby Fischer, this match is so well reme... | Read More
Chess.com University taught its online youth and novice chess camp from September 27th-28th, 2014. Chess enthusiasts from around the world gathered online to learn chess from popular Chess.com University instructors.
Besides learning chess, camp... | Read More
Two of the world's most accomplished chess coaches will put down their red pens and fire up their laptops for Death Match 28.
GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, coach of this year's U.S. Women's Champion and U.S. Championship finalist, and GM Simen Agdeste... | Read More
This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 years of age),... | Read More
Positions you should NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER draw.
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I wish to discuss the types of positions that we should never accept draws in. I'll start with some positi... | Read More
GIFs are a fun and quick way to share an animated image. These animations are short and soundless, so they do not require the viewer to invest as much time and attention as full videos.
It’s no surprise that GIF animations are some of the ... | Read More
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Pins are very popular and powerful chess weapons, and I am sure you've used them in dozens of your own games.
If you just started playing chess and never heard about pins, I strongly recommend you check the Tactics Trainer.
But even if you are... | Read More
Professor: It’s time for chess!
Silent acknowledgment ensued. No one said anything aurally detectable.
Professor: I’m not sure what to do today. Any thoughts?
Thomas: I had a curious position the other night.
Rachel: What kind of curious p... | Read More
The ninth world champion, Tigran Petrosian (1929-1984), is frequently perceived as the patriarch of defense and positional play. There is a tendency to believe that most of his games feature protracted, yawn-inducing stages of maneuvering in which... | Read More
Who does want to have more information about these forthcoming chess tournaments? www.firstsaturday.hu - possible in the site online chat...
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I've belonged to many groups in my 2.5 active years here, but these are the best on chess.com for what they offer you, the valued member of chess.com.
The first two groups are far and away the best coaching groups on chess.com, and our satisfied ... | Read More
This is my first article on Chess.com and I thank you for reading! Now let's begin:
- a mutual agreement to end the game and split the point.
- result: 0.5 point given to each side
- can be attained by offer, three position repetition... | Read More