1."If we partition your chess strength (or improvement) into two broad classes, what portion is knowledge (opening moves, endgame positions, tactical positions, principles) vs. abilities/skills (analysis, evaluation, time management, criticalit... | Read More
Wrapping up my series about endgames from the Sicilian, we will be discussing the relevance of the major open lines in that structure: the c- and d-files.
In the basic Open Sicilian structure, White generally has primacy on the d-file and Black ... | Read More
In my past article "Three Key Ways to Improve at Chess (part 1)" I listed the three key methods of improvement that all chess players striving to get better should focus on:
Take in as much information about chess as possible (Learning)
Have a pl... | Read More
Usually an article discusses a particular player, or tactic, or some positional concept. When I teach tactical motifs, you know that all the puzzles are going to be about tactics. If I am discussing a particular idea concerning a pawn structure, y... | Read More
Mikhail Tal was one of the first world class players I saw in real life: as a kid, during my first visit to the Hoogovens chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, I almost ran into him when I entered the playing hall.
Even this extremely brief en... | Read More
The Sokolsky Opening 1. b4 (also known as the Polish opening, Polish Attack, Orangutan) relates to the closed openings and is considered an irregular opening. It ranks ninth in popularity and is seldom played in top-level games and officia... | Read More
Attacking 101: Volume #001
The goal of the books in this series (Attacking 101: Volume #nnn) is to provide detailed analysis of my own attack games played against lower rated players. The players are all rated in the range of 1000 to 1800 - the t... | Read More
The third installment of the best-selling series of attack books - Formation Attacks, Formation Attack Strategies, and now, Positional Attacks is another 500 page book, full of great attack information with 533 fabulous attack ... | Read More
The Ultimate Chess Attack Book has finally arrived! As a Chess Master that has spent many years playing aggressive and attacking chess, I was quite dismayed during a past visit to my local booksto... | Read More
Formation Attack Strategies
The much awaited sequel to the best selling book, “Formation Attacks”, has arrived. “Formation Attack Strategies” is another 500 page book, full of great attack information with 579 fabulous attack games from a... | Read More
Professor: Hey, class. How’s it going?
Zephyr: It could be better.
Professor: Wow, such ups and downs. Listening to you is like being in an elevator.
Lucian: It beats going up and dow... | Read More
"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before," quipped American actress Mae West in 1936. So it is with defending bad positions in chess. One cannot deny that in the majority of cases, the best way to test your opponent's techniq... | Read More
We have great news for Chess.com members today. Chess.com University is organizing its first online summer chess camp! This July, most likely from the 8th till 12th, we will have our 5-day long camp featuring tournaments, simuls, lectures, game a... | Read More
Every year in May, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chess Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina is organizing Individual national Youth and Junior Championship. This year organizer made event in Tuzla, nice city with chess tradition. By our rules in each cate... | Read More
In this article, I will be discussing another archetypal Sicilian endgame. This one occurs after White occupies d5 with a knight which is then traded off and recaptured by exd5. This structure frequently arises from the Dragon, Accelera... | Read More
The question in the title of the article might sound stupid. We are called Homo Sapiens for a reason: translated from Latin it means "Wise Man." By accumulating the knowledge of the previous generations, humankind has made tremendous progress in t... | Read More
Analysis of a recent game with a very interesting Novity:
GM Blomqvist,E. Vs IM Smith A. (Sigeman Chess Tournament)
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Professor: Welcome, class. Are you ready for some chess?
Class: Yes we are, Professor.
Professor: I thought today we’d take it easy and look at a few trouble-free problems, nothing special. With various tournaments coming up, it can’t h... | Read More
"I am stuck at 1700. Does that make me studid?"
"Is there a correlation between chess rating and IQ?"
One of the world's leading physicists and expert on string theory is Ed Witten. Ed took up chess for a while and what was his rating? 1700. I d... | Read More
Usually an article discusses a particular player, or tactics, or some positional concept. When I teach tactical motifs, you know that all the puzzles are going to be about tactics. If I am discussing a particular idea concerning a pawn structure, ... | Read More
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“During the rest day, when I was tortured for hours by pains in my lower left back, I decided to ask for a doc... | Read More
Recently I've received a lot of emails from prospective students who ask me “How do I get better at chess?” In my opinion, there are three important methods of improvement that I feel are key to everyone's growth as chess players. This articl... | Read More
In various lines of the Sicilian, Black plays ...a6 and ...b5, which sometimes gives White the chance to sacrifice a minor piece on b5. The knight that ends up on b5 subsequently captures on d6, the queens are traded, and a typical endgame arises.... | Read More
In last week's article, we discussed how alcohol affects a chess player's abilities. There I mentioned the Soviet grandmaster Ratmir Dmitrievich Kholmov. I don't want the readers to have an impression that this great chess player was mostly famous... | Read More
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