Professor: Class, it’s good to see you. What brings you to this part of the world?
Zephyr: I’m here for a chess class. I suspect so is Lucian.
Lucian: Yeah, I guess that’s why I’m here, too.
Zephyr: Professor, weren’t you going... | Read More
To chessify Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that all chess players in possession of a weak square are doomed to a miserable existence. The concept of weak squares appears rather straightforward: avoid creating them, but never f... | Read More
When I was new to chess, I had several fantasy scenarios of dramatic brilliancies in tournament games. Of course there was the standard "sacrifice everything for checkmate;" but also I had an unusual one - a long combination leading to all the pie... | Read More
The U.S. Open chess tournament has been around since 1900 when it was called the Western Chess Association Championship and first won by Louis Uedemann, the creator of the Uedemann Code which was used to send chess m... | Read More
If there is such a thing as a chess traveler or chess nomad, then FIDE Master Mike Klein is one of them. He is also a popular chess writer, coach and journalist, and for Klein chess is a pleasant way to make his way through life. Here at Chess.com... | Read More
There are chess games that have their own names. Everyone knows the 'Evergreen Game', the 'Immortal Game', the 'Opera Game', etc. We enjoy the genius and tactical skills of the winners and their names are engraved in the Golden Book of Chess. But ... | Read More
About a year and a half ago, I had the honor of working with GM Yasser Seirawan for two days during his visit to the Bay Area. Yasser is a four-time U.S. Champion whose storied professional career spans more than 30 years, and he also possesses th... | Read More
Professor: Hi there, class. I’m wondering if any of you have had an opportunity to castle today.
Zephyr: I haven’t even had a chance to play chess yet, Professor. How could I castle?
Lucian: Really? You haven’t played chess yet? Well I... | Read More
Hi all! In my previous article (Who's your favourite World champion), the most of peoples voted for Fischer.
Robert James Fischer (Chicago, 1943. March 9. – Reykjavik, 2008. January 17.) the 10th World Chess Champion. He played a matc... | Read More
Hello everyone! It is an honor and a pleasure to be the new Friday columnist for Chess.com. Chess and writing are two of my greatest passions, and I am very excited to be able to combine them on a weekly basis. I cannot wait to start analyzing gam... | Read More
"I get really nervous during important games; what should I do?"
"I get really worried about my rating. Do you have any suggestions?"
I think these two questions, while undoubtedly different, are in some senses closely related. As I have noted, ... | Read More
In this article, the fourth part of my "A Pawn Up" series, we will be seeing a game that I played myself. This was the first round of the Eastern Open, which was held in Potomac, Maryland. This tournament always takes place in the time between Chr... | Read More
Hello, and welcome to my first article for chess.com. Given that I'm not a professional chess player (far from it) and that my actual occupation is in music it was easy to decide upon the subject of music and chess, especially as there's been so... | Read More
Before we leap into Part 5 of this 7-part series, I’m going to make one last effort to help the “Alekhine was afraid of Capablanca” people grasp a handful of reality. After you read this, feel free to misquote me (and other sourc... | Read More
WHY I WRITE ABOUT THE CHESS GREATS
In my view, it’s important for chess fans to embrace a chess hero, and after studying his life and games, moving onto another chess hero. It’s fun, you learn a lot, and it makes the whole chess expe... | Read More
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A Sudden Gap Between Big Events
After a period chock-full of tournaments (Tata Steel, Gibraltar, Zurich!) suddenly things are quiet... | Read More
Recently I was fortunate enough to watch the live transmission and analyze one fantastic game from the Gibraltar Masters beetween my countryman Alexandr Fier and Top GM Michael Adams. I analyzed the game trying to guess the moves (by the way, this... | Read More
In the first two parts of this series we discussed the cases where White firmly occupies the key central d5-square with one of his pieces. If such a centralized piece cannot be successfully challenged, Black usually experience serious problems. Bu... | Read More
If you look on Wikipedia, or for that matter on almost any website that mentions it, including the official USCF website and the site of the US Chess Trust, You will notice that all these places honor Adele Rivero as the first officia... | Read More
Pls tell your chessfriends, for the 1st-12th March Budapest First Saturday GM and IM closed tournaments we have some vacancies.
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Professor: Hello, class. It’s good to see the gang’s all here for another session.
Zephyr: Professor, does that mean we should thank Caissa it’s Friday?
Lucian: Weekend or not, I’m happy as long as I get to do some chess.
Professo... | Read More
Chess.com's 21st Death Match will have GMs Georg Meier and Imre Balog at the card table on Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific. (GMT - 8) But who brings better cards to the casino?
Meier, FIDE 2636, has a chip lead... | Read More
How does the young Anatoly Karpov win with an extra pawn? This will be the subject of today's article.
In 1972 Karpov was twenty-one years old, and a new young talent. He was competing in the Soviet Team Championship, held in Moscow. His opponen... | Read More
Today I have got a question: Who's your favourite World champion in chess? You can choose from this list (not only the real World championship winners):
1. Garry Kasparov - 19 votes
2. Anatoly Karpov - 9 votes
3. Magnus Cars... | Read More