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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jan 10, 2014

    "What rules do you break the least (most)?" I'm a US Chess Federation Senior Tournament Director, so I try not to break any rules at all! For example, I never move my knights like bishops and I press my clock after each move. But I think the ques... | Read More

  • From Opening to Endgame: the c3 Sicilian

    The Alapin Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.c3) is an opening which particularly often leads to the transposition to a queenless middlegame. There are quite a few theoretical lines which lead to an early queen exchange, while keeping a tough, fighting game. In... | Read More

  • Middlegame & Endgames Ideas - #2 = Trades

    Hi guys, As requested, I'll be doing an article on trades this week (i'll do minority attacks next week & Zwischenzug in the following week) To start off, a game between two world champions  =              VS          ... | Read More

  • Pawn endgame

    This game shows that the pawn endgame is not easy.It is necessary to calculate transition to it carefully. Эта партия показывает что пешечный эндшпиль бывает непрост.переход в него в... | Read More

  • Steinitz's Fundamental Maxim: The King as a Strong Piece

    "The King is a strong piece" preached Wilheim Steinitz, 1st World Champion of chess. "It is more important than all of the other pieces combined times infinity (for, if it is "captured," the game is automatically terminated), and it is tough; it c... | Read More

  • To Master an Opening You Need to Embrace Defeat!

    The following game (played in an over-the-board tournament) by Chess.com member pogorelich is remarkable. It not only offers us incredible tactics (most of which were missed by both sides) and amazing structures, but also lessons on how to study a... | Read More

  • Middlegame & Endgames Ideas - #1 = Exchange Sacs

    Hi guys, Today I'm going to start off my series of Middlegame ideas with the exchange sac. This type of positional sacrifice (or occationally tactical blow) has become more poplarized due to the boost in the top rated games in the Najdorf variat... | Read More

  • Carlsen's Endgame Technique Part II + Debunking the Queenside Majority Myth

    In the January 5th article entitled "Carlsen's Endgame Technique," the sixth game from the Anand-Carlsen World Championship match was shown. In that game, the World Champion lost a rook endgame to the Norwegian World Champion. The lesson learned w... | Read More

  • The New Year's Night's Dream

    Last week's column provoked a lot of comments. Most of you enjoyed the humorous puzzles, but some readers had different opinions. Some of them were quite interesting. Like one of the readers wrote: "Seems a bit silly to invent your world with its ... | Read More

  • Carlsen's Endgame Technique

    There is an old saying that goes like this: "All rook endgames are drawn." While it is not clear who exactly proclaimed such a statement, it has become evident that Magnus Carlsen does not agree. When asked about the game afterwards at the pr... | Read More

  • Nice Combinations from World Champions Part II

    Hi all! In my first part I followed combination from Spassky. Now I follow combinations from another World Champion, from Mikhail Tal! He is a great tactic player. Have fun! After this nice combination, see a great attack play and win, in 17 m... | Read More

  • New Year's Resolutions

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

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #23 - Is the Board Half Full or Half Empty?

    Professor: We know there are 64 squares on a chessboard. We also know there are 32 light squares and 32 dark ones. Now let’s talk material. How many pieces does a player start the game with? --- Lucian: It depends what you mean by pieces.  --... | Read More

  • Welcome to 2014

    As we ring in 2014, I will show some beautiful endgame studies. Maybe you are recovering from your New Year's celebrations, perhaps getting ready to go back to work. But regardless, please enjoy these "etudes" which show the sublime and mystical e... | Read More

  • A Month of Studies: Part 1

               Greetings, chess fans! My name is Walker Griggs. I am 17 years old and a USCF National Master, currently rated 2324 USCF. I attend Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. At Oberlin, between semesters, students are allowed and expected ... | Read More

  • Happy New Years...Honestly, how to improve.

    People often say that they want to improve at chess and I am sure that many of you have chess improvement wrapped somewhere into your New Years' resolution. The plan will be to read books, solve countless exercises, and study openings on their com... | Read More

  • John Grefe: Talent Isn’t Enough!

    My relationship with International Master John Grefe was complex, with many ups and downs. I met him two days after I arrived in San Francisco. At that time I was a penniless 18-year-old chess professional who was sleeping on a friend’s floo... | Read More

  • Kasparov, Nakamura, and Mark Zuckerberg's hoodie

    When, in 1995, Garry Kasparov employed the ancient Evans Gambit, I was thrilled - in part because I was a live witness to it, in his game against Jeroen Piket, at the Euwe Memorial tournament. But I was also a tiny bit annoyed, because I realized ... | Read More

  • The Shortest Checkmate

    Today we'll talk about the positions with the shortest possible checkmates. I almost hear your question: “Are you talking about checkmate in one move?” No, we actually discussed this kind of checkmates here, but today we will talk abou... | Read More

  • Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 3

    Today's article is a continuation of my series on positional play from the current World Champion's practice. Carlsen is a brilliant chess player and uses diverse positional weapons to win his games. In the first installment we saw his master... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #22 - Finding the Large in the Small

    “Good morning, class,” the Professor bellowed out. “Are you ready to take another intellectual journey?” --- Zephyr and Lucian nodded “yes.”  --- “Well then, let’s begin. As you know, chess players have many talents. Some of these... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Dec 27, 2013

    "I read chess books and I understand them but when I get the same situations in a game I don't do the right things." This is a common complaint, but it is so generic that, unless I knew exactly what the viewer read and his chess situation, it is ... | Read More

  • From Opening to Endgame: Ulf's Endgame

    The great Swedish player Ulf Andersson is well known as a master of the endgame, and created quite a few masterpieces in this area of chess. Naturally, he was happy to go straight from the opening to the endgame whenever possible. One of his spec... | Read More

  • Master Files 3.5

    Master Files 3.5 Contents Introduction Staying Protected The Importance of a Pawn Break How to Beat a Grandmaster The Twelve Puzzles of Christmas Introduction Hello fellow Chess.com members, and Merry Christmas! As a young child I learned... | Read More

  • Review: Playing the French

    Playing the French is the second opening repertoire book by the Quality Chess authors Jacob Aagaard and Nikolaos Ntirlis. I was very enthusiastic about their first book, The Tarrasch Defence (2011), not because I am a great fan of this opening mys... | Read More

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