Professor: Good day, class.
The class smiled back, some of the students even said “hi.”
Professor: Are there any questions before we begin today’s session?
Hale: I was wondering if I could show the final moves from a blitz game I had the... | Read More
Shortly after the end of World War II, Alexander Alekhine died, allegedly by choking, in a mostly empty hotel on the windswept coast of Portugal.
He left the world championship crown vacant, for the first time since Steinitz became the first wor... | Read More
GOOD OR BAD?
I have just completed part 1 of your Test Your Chess Understanding articles, and I wasn’t completely satisfied by one aspect of your solutions. In your solution to puzzle 2, you say the following: &lsquo... | Read More
The game of chess has a storied history dating back to about 600 AD, with many momentous events in those 1500 years.
About half a billion people today play chess worldwide, and the game has been adopted by cultures in every continent ... | Read More
There are many different traps in chess. Some of them are so well known that you can hardly use these tricks even against relatively weak players.
However, some traps are good enough to catch even grandmasters. Sometimes, the world's leadi... | Read More
Professor: Howdy, class.
Here the class responded with a collective “hi.”
Professor: We have a new class member being added to our roster today. I’d like you to meet Idris.
Everyone smiled coyly, but warmly.
Zephyr: Wha... | Read More
"If you had to pick only one legacy to leave to the chess world, what would it be?"
Well, I have long given up on any hopes of my campaign to de-emphasize the wonderfully accurate but humanly over-dependent rating system (see Encouraging Tourname... | Read More
After winning the world championship title from Alexander Alekhine in 1935, Max Euwe did something rare -- he voluntarily gave his opponent a rematch, without putting obstacles in the way or seeking a weaker opponent to play first.
The rematch t... | Read More
I love chess olympiads. The great players, the pageantry, the drama, and, most of all, the unrelenting weirdness of the lower boards. What do I mean by that? Well, because the event is open to all countries, a wildly eclectic mix of professi... | Read More
Be it annoying, mildly painful, or downright inappropriate, the pawn poke is a key theme in understanding pawn structures and color complexes. Once mastered, your opponents will feel like they are locked in a room with a deranged 5 year old wavin... | Read More
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After Chess 012, Chess 013, Chess 014, and Chess 024, Chess.com University is back with its fifth college-like chess course! Our college-like courses provide the best and most effective chess education available online.
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The Kryptonite Effect
Many fans of chess are confused when one player in the world’s top 10 totally dominates another top 10 player in game after game. How does one explain this?
In boxing they say “styles make fights.&rdquo... | Read More
According to the book of Exodus, the 10 Commandments were inscribed on two stone tablets and given to Moses on the top of Mt. Sinai -- literally, "from on high."
The 10 commandments of chess, on the other hand, were written by the experts at Che... | Read More
There is no need to explain the importance of tactics for a tournament player.
I bet you've all heard the cliche "chess is 99% tactics," or an anecdote about a grandmaster who was a famous endgame specialist. (Was it Smyslov? I don't remember.) ... | Read More
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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