This is an updated version of the initial Chess.com University's Prodigy Program announcement which was posted on October 15th, 2014. We have now finalized the starting date and added a third section (~1500 ELO). ALL live lectures will be recorde... | Read More
How much time do you have for chess? What is the best way to study? These are questions I pose in my Video Lesson 001 on YouTube. I created this video right before I became active at chess.com. Since that time, I have nearly 500 public videos avai... | Read More
From 1st-11th Nov First Saturday GM-IM-FM norm tournaments in Budapest. Pls tell this possibility to your chess friends as well.
Your feedback would be highly appreciated.
IO Nagy Laszlo, www.firstsaturday.hu
(Possible online cha... | Read More
In this day and age, nary a chess player is unfamiliar with the most famous tactical games of all time: Morphy-Count Isouard, Anderssen-Kieseritzky (The Immortal Game), Anderssen-Dufresne (The Evergreen Game), Glucksberg-Najdorf (The Polish Immort... | Read More
Professor: Hello, class.
No reaction. A few suppressed smiles.
Thomas: What were you planning for today, Professor?
Professor: I thought we'd talk about the two bishops.
Lucian: How they're better than two knights?
Rachel: Or be... | Read More
This is part of my column Move by Move: Chess Improvement. To get your game analyzed, please join the group:
Move by Move Chess Improvement
I would like to thank WhiteAnemone for submitting this game.
White has achieved a nice position... | Read More
With Anatoly Karpov having "inherited" the world title, he was eager to win as many tournaments as possible to prove that he was worthy of the title. And this he did.
Besides winning such tournaments as Milan 1975, Las Palmas 1977, Bugojno 1978... | Read More
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Want your child to be a chess prodigy? Yes? So do we! Or are you an adult and want to master chess? Great, we will get you there! Read on to learn more.
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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
Did you know that you can use social media and make money doing it? No? That's because you couldn't until now! There is a new social media network in town that looks and functions just like Twitter, has some features from Facebook, and gives back ... | Read More
Last week, we looked at which chess pieces and pawns were least likely to make it to the end of a chess game.
Unsurprisingly, the central pawns and belligerent knights were the least likely to survive, regardless of the game’s opening.
W... | Read More
In the first part of this article, we discussed the situations where well-known chess rules can be successfully ignored.
On the other hand, the classical rule that you should develop your pieces in the opening as quickly as possible is not easy ... | Read More
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Interview with José Diaz
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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