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  • Vacancy in the First Saturday Budapest 5th-15th July IM tournament

    We miss a player with around 2250-2300 ELO from the world. Who does want to come now to play for the IM-norm?  The list of the players:  SZEBERENYI, Adam IM 2316 HUN FARAGO, Sandor IM 2249 HUN SZALANCZY, Emil IM 2280 HUN KISLIK, Erik Andrew IM... | Read More

  • How to Play Badly

    Warning: This trick is performed by trained professionals only - don't try this at home. While remarking on his win against Conrad Holt in last year's US Championship, Gata Kamsky explained his dubious decision on move 30. "I had a choice," Kams... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 3b

    In our first look at this pawn structure in Part 3a we explored the piece setups, dynamics, and general plans of the Burn Variation of the French Defense. Though doubling one’s kingside pawns early in the game may look idiotic, the resulting str... | Read More

  • 6 Ways the World Cup is Like Chess

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup has reached a fever "pitch"! The knockout rounds have begun, six teams have been eliminated, and two more will fall today. The U.S. team faces Belgium in the round of 16 this afternoon, and many Americans are discovering th... | Read More

  • Scoring the Winning Goal

    Slowly, I savored my "organic" burger with cheddar and avocado slices. Although my surroundings were bursting with life, all that I could focus on was the dramatic last round. In a sense, the thought of playing the last chess game was therapeutic,... | Read More

  • The Chess Terminator

    This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the most influential movies of all time: The Terminator! Is there any person on Earth who hasn't said "I'll be back," imitating the great Arnold?  Even though The Terminator is just a sc... | Read More

  • Chess.com University Seminar: Using Fritz and ChessBase Reader to Analyze Games and Create PGN Files

    Many Chess.com University students have had trouble creating, viewing, and editing PGN files. Students have also struggled at installing and using chess engines in Fritz and/or Chessbase. These days, it is very useful to know how to use programs... | Read More

  • Die Spielerfolge der Schachmeister

         As can be seen in the introduction, this article from Schach-Jahrbuch in 1891 endeavored to amass data on the interplay among 32 leading players from the second half of the 19th century.  It apparently includes only what the author deem... | Read More

  • Endgame Attacks, Part 2

    Last week, we broached the fascinating subject of endgame attacks, which is rarely addressed in chess literature as an individual concept. Today, I would like to zero in on a particular type of endgame: queen and bishop vs. queen and knight (QBQN)... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #48 - The Fortress and the Cage, Part 3

    Professor: Class, how wondrous to see you! Here, the burble of garbled voices seemed to say pleasant prattling things back to the professor. Professor: They say all good things must come to an end, and that’s the case today. Thomas: Are you l... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jun 27, 2014

    "I did action X and gained Y rating points so I suggest everyone should do that." This claim came up during the show, raising the question: How helpful it would be for others to follow the suggestion? In order to address this issue, we should sta... | Read More

  • Imbalanced Forces, Part 2

    Two minor pieces against a rook - a very tricky material balance. In one situation, a rook and pawn defeats the two minor pieces. In another, two minor pieces run circles around a rook and two - or even three, as we see in today's game - pawns. An... | Read More

  • Chess Informant 120 Maracana with Morozevich

    Yet not reading latest Chess Informant 120 Maracana? Seriously?  THE PERIODICAL THE PROS USE Book: Paperback, 340 pages, English language. CD: in ChessBase format (with PGN). Our four times-a-year publication aspires to be an arena that g... | Read More

  • ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Rhodes (Greece) 2014

    ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Rhodes (Greece) 2014 The ACO World Amateur Chess Championship took place on the Greek island of Rhodes from 7-16 June, 2014. 237 players with ages between 8 to 86 fought for the title of ACO World Champion in ... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 4

    Shock Value or the Real Thing? ejSalsac asked: “I wished to ask for your evaluation of a line of the English Attack which to my knowledge has rarely been played: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nf5... | Read More

  • Chess.com University Online Chess Camp Lecture Topics, Registration Deadlines, and 3-Day Option

    With Chess.com University's first online chess camp (with Gelfand!) only two weeks away, we would like to reveal a few of our lecture topics: - ABCs of Successful Planning - Mastering Analysis and Evaluation - Calculating Like a Master - Effi... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, June 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Second Norm “In May I took two weeks off from work. Shortly before it started I decided to play an open tournament in Liechte... | Read More

  • The Bill Gates Variation

    How many of you could get a winning position against Magnus Carlsen after just eight moves of play? How many chess players in the world could do it? I know one of them, and his name is Bill Gates! Image: NRK/YouTube Not only did he achiev... | Read More

  • Review: John Nunn's Chess Course

    There is much debate these days about whether Magnus Carlsen has already surpassed Garry Kasparov as the best player of all time - have these people forgotten that Carlsen has only been World Champion for less than a year now? Kasparov reigned for... | Read More

  • The French - Tarrasch Variation 3...-Nf6

    In this article I want to look at "Ngf3 systems" of the French- Tarrasch Variation,( the "Universal System" ) and I would like to explore an interesting and rare setup. Black has many alternatives to the seventh move and can directly play on the ... | Read More

  • Game of Thrones

    © 2014, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Endgame Attacks, Part 1

    Endgame attacks? Aren't these two words mutually exclusive? Indeed, with limited material left on the board, the king is usually able to play a crucial role in the battle without worrying about its own safety. Nevertheless, you should not forget t... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #47 - The Fortress and the Cage, Part 2

    Professor: Hello, class. I see you’re back for more after last week's discussion. Zephyr: We certainly are. Hale: You had me thinking of fortresses all week. Professor: Did I? I’m sorry about that. Hale: Don’t be. True, I thoug... | Read More

  • A New Yorker and a Nomad to Contest Death Match 25

    At the age of 17, GM Boris Avrukh moved from Kazakhstan to Israel. Next month, he will move thousands of miles again, this time to the U.S. IM Yaacov Norowitz's big move? New York to New Jersey. Despite the oceans of difference, the two will conte... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 3a

    When a player starts out, he’s told various rules that will help him navigate through the choppy waters of chess. A few basic ones are: Don’t hang your pieces Don’t swallow and talk at the same time Castle as quickly as possible Don’t all... | Read More

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