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  • Magnus Carlsen in the Queenless Middlegame

    You knew it was coming - Magnus Carlsen just won the title of World Champion by defeating Viswanathan Anand in Chennai, so it is time for an examination of the modern-day-Capablanca's play in complex endings. There is a huge amount of material o... | Read More

  • Insane, Surprising, or Beautiful Finishes!

    When amateur chess players start a game, they tend to think in terms of winning. They hope to find some combination that will wow their friends and leave their opponent in awe. They want to play a great game so they can show members of their club,... | Read More

  • Maximizing Learning per Unit Time

    I sometimes get asked "When reading a book of annotated games, wouldn't you learn more if you studied a game slowly than read it quickly?" Of course that is true for each game, but it skirts the real issue. And it's clearly true in absurdum: you ... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Knight Kamikaze

    Most chess players discover this pattern thanks to the next notorious game (I give it as a puzzle, so you can try your tactical skills!) There is a strong evidence that the game is a fake and was never actually played but it is irrelevant fo... | Read More

  • Chess King Croc

    © 2013, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 7

    The topic of how to play against hanging pawns have been examined  in numerous books. There are plenty of classical examples from the past showing the effective methods of exploiting the weaknesses of the hanging pawns. These pawns are weak b... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #17 - Playing by the Rules

    The Professor began somewhat formally: “For those who are feeling a bit rambunctious, let’s bring up the topic of rules. Particularly, let’s talk about a rule that was changed in the last 150 years or so.” --- “What rule is that?” Zeph... | Read More

  • IM Troff and IM Sevian plays in Budapest in a GM tournament

    The two USA age group world champion plays now in a GM tournament called GREAT HOPES, from 16th until 26th Nov. The site about the event: http://chess-results.com/tnr115510.aspx?lan=1 The next GM IM tournament in these city: 7th-17th Dec. www.fi... | Read More

  • Fischer and the Bishop Against Knight

    The eleventh world champion, Bobby Fischer, has to his credit a great number of very artistic endings in which he exploited the advantages of one minor piece over the other. One of his great strengths (of the many that he possessed) was a subtle u... | Read More

  • Informant 118 Cobra Unveiled Today

    A big day! Carlsen's era has started but the time has come also for the brand new periodical,  Chess Informant 118 Cobra edition! Few days ago,  after the dramatic fourth game of the World Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carls... | Read More

  • Thinking Outside of the Box

    For more cool articles visit http://stuscorner.wordpress.com Ivanchuk, Vassily – Aronian, Levon, Linares 2007 What is thinking “outside of the box”? Before I answer to that question, we should analyse this position first. Black has just ... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Pushing the Lesson Home!

    In “Train Your Brain, Target Consciousness” (Part 1, Part 2) we took a look at weak squares and weak pawns. When studying things like this, you first look at the concept (in this case weak squares and/or weak pawns), you try to intellectually ... | Read More

  • WCC Day 8

    Hey guys, Carlsen is slowly inching toward victory, One draw at a time! So in Game 8 Carlsen took a draw with the white pieces... this game actually lasted all the way until there were only kings and pawns left In the final position - How ... | Read More

  • WCC Day 7

    Hey Chess Fans, Here's a recap of round 7 of the match between Anand and Carlsen So far it seems as though Carlsen is just running away with the match as Anand will need to win 2 of the final 5 games without losing any just to qualify for the ti... | Read More

  • Lasker's Bishop Chase

    The so-called Lasker variation of the Scandinavian Defense (a.k.a. Center Counter) arises after this sequence of moves: I was not able to find one single game where the second world champion played the variation named after him. My guess is... | Read More

  • Sam Sevian's IM norm in Budapest

    The U-12 world champion reached his IM-title in Budapest in the First Saturday November GM-tournament. www.firstsaturday.hu More info with correspondence: firstsat@hu.inter.net | Read More

  • WCC Day 6

    Hey Guys, Sorry about the late post - was busy  Well.. it seems as though Carlsen is simply outlasting Anand and it looks as though Carlsen is runnning away with the WCC However, Anand still has 6 games to prove his point and he needs to d... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 6

    In chess, like in life, there are common beliefs that are not necessarily true or based on solid evidence but nevertheless survive the passage of time and continue to be widely accepted as true. Growing up in a "chess country" like Ukraine, I hear... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #16 - Copycat Chess

    The Professor had a twinkle in his one good eye. The other eye wasn’t too good either, but he tried to keep that a secret. --- “It’s so odd,” he began. I often see players with the black pieces play for a draw out of the opening. Do you kn... | Read More

  • The Analysis Tree: Applications in Chess Theory and Practice

                Chess, as it has often been said, has more possible strategies than there are atoms in the universe. Yet chess is a finite game because of certain rules; for example, the game is declared drawn if a specific position is repeated ... | Read More

  • The Best Tactics - European Team Chess Championship - Round 7

    Hi all! I follow to all the best tactics of European Team Chess Championship Round 7! Let see a nice one: If you solved this nice combination, you have got 2 other challenge. Can you solve the all? Now solve a mate combination: | Read More

  • WCC day 5

    Hi guys, Carlsen suceeded in drawing blood today - as he beat Anand in 58 moves with the white pieces This game took over 5 and a half hours until Anand finally threw in the towel Ya... So Anand Equalized out of the opening fairly quickly ... | Read More

  • The Michigan Fall International, Part 2

    I left you last week in Dearborn, Michigan, where I was playing in the Third Fall Festival, a strong international tournament. After five rounds I had 3.5 points, having faced three grandmasters. I had won in the second round as Black against the ... | Read More

  • Your Chess Improvement is my job! I can and do help!

    It was two years ago today I join chess.com but I remained inactive until April of 2012. It was on November 14, 2011 that I launched my YouTube video program designed to improve your chess play. Since that time I've created over 300 public videos ... | Read More

  • World Championship 2013 musings

    The World Chess Championship 2013 between defending champion Wisvanathan Anand and challenger and contender Magus Carlsen is well under way with 4 games, a good third and a phase of its own, already behind us and still tied 2-2. What may we glean... | Read More

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