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  • Thinking Outside of the Box

    For more cool articles visit http://stuscorner.wordpress.com Ivanchuk, Vassily – Aronian, Levon, Linares 2007 What is thinking “outside of the box”? Before I answer to that question, we should analyse this position first. Black has just ... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Pushing the Lesson Home!

    In “Train Your Brain, Target Consciousness” (Part 1, Part 2) we took a look at weak squares and weak pawns. When studying things like this, you first look at the concept (in this case weak squares and/or weak pawns), you try to intellectually ... | Read More

  • WCC Day 8

    Hey guys, Carlsen is slowly inching toward victory, One draw at a time! So in Game 8 Carlsen took a draw with the white pieces... this game actually lasted all the way until there were only kings and pawns left In the final position - How ... | Read More

  • WCC Day 7

    Hey Chess Fans, Here's a recap of round 7 of the match between Anand and Carlsen So far it seems as though Carlsen is just running away with the match as Anand will need to win 2 of the final 5 games without losing any just to qualify for the ti... | Read More

  • Lasker's Bishop Chase

    The so-called Lasker variation of the Scandinavian Defense (a.k.a. Center Counter) arises after this sequence of moves: I was not able to find one single game where the second world champion played the variation named after him. My guess is... | Read More

  • Sam Sevian's IM norm in Budapest

    The U-12 world champion reached his IM-title in Budapest in the First Saturday November GM-tournament. www.firstsaturday.hu More info with correspondence: firstsat@hu.inter.net | Read More

  • WCC Day 6

    Hey Guys, Sorry about the late post - was busy  Well.. it seems as though Carlsen is simply outlasting Anand and it looks as though Carlsen is runnning away with the WCC However, Anand still has 6 games to prove his point and he needs to d... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 6

    In chess, like in life, there are common beliefs that are not necessarily true or based on solid evidence but nevertheless survive the passage of time and continue to be widely accepted as true. Growing up in a "chess country" like Ukraine, I hear... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #16 - Copycat Chess

    The Professor had a twinkle in his one good eye. The other eye wasn’t too good either, but he tried to keep that a secret. --- “It’s so odd,” he began. I often see players with the black pieces play for a draw out of the opening. Do you kn... | Read More

  • The Best Tactics - European Team Chess Championship - Round 7

    Hi all! I follow to all the best tactics of European Team Chess Championship Round 7! Let see a nice one: If you solved this nice combination, you have got 2 other challenge. Can you solve the all? Now solve a mate combination: | Read More

  • WCC day 5

    Hi guys, Carlsen suceeded in drawing blood today - as he beat Anand in 58 moves with the white pieces This game took over 5 and a half hours until Anand finally threw in the towel Ya... So Anand Equalized out of the opening fairly quickly ... | Read More

  • The Michigan Fall International, Part 2

    I left you last week in Dearborn, Michigan, where I was playing in the Third Fall Festival, a strong international tournament. After five rounds I had 3.5 points, having faced three grandmasters. I had won in the second round as Black against the ... | Read More

  • Your Chess Improvement is my job! I can and do help!

    It was two years ago today I join chess.com but I remained inactive until April of 2012. It was on November 14, 2011 that I launched my YouTube video program designed to improve your chess play. Since that time I've created over 300 public videos ... | Read More

  • World Championship 2013 musings

    The World Chess Championship 2013 between defending champion Wisvanathan Anand and challenger and contender Magus Carlsen is well under way with 4 games, a good third and a phase of its own, already behind us and still tied 2-2. What may we glean... | Read More

  • Oh, How the Mighty Fall

         There is no question that chess masters are lightyears ahead of the average player in both technical skill and understanding.  Sometimes we even think of these players as superhuman at least in chess terms and that perception remains pr... | Read More

  • WCC day 4

    Hi guys, Today was the most exciting game of the WCC so far... in my opinion It lasted a solid 64 moves Anand was pushing for a win for the whole game.. but he fumbled near time control and had to "settle" for a draw with the white pieces ... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Target Consciousness, Part 2

    My last two articles (Train Your Brain! Target Consciousness Part 1, and How to Train Your Brain) were about weak squares and weak pawns, which I view as targets that need to be devoured or used. Creating a permanent seek-and-destroy mentality whe... | Read More

  • European Team Chess Championship Round 4

    Hi all! I come back with team results of European Team Chess Championship after round 4. You can see here: France-Czech Republic 2½-1½, Azerbaijan-Hungary 2-2, Grece Georgia 2-2, Ukraine-Armenia 3-1, Croatia-Israel 2-2, Turkey-Belarus 1½-2½,... | Read More

  • Not "White to play and win"? Worthless?!

    Occasionally I hear some intermediate level players protest that any problem that does not follow the normal "needs" of a chess game can't be helpful to your game. These "normal" concerns would include: White (Black) to play and win (if you are n... | Read More

  • WCC day 3

    Hi Chess Fans, The round three game was a very exciting one for all fans - the ups, the downs, the whole game was full of excitement no matter who you were cheering for or even if you were watching the game just for fun :) So.... Let's get right... | Read More

  • Anand-Carlsen

    On Wcc after round 2 the result is 1-1 by 2 draw. First game is ended after 16 and second after 25 move. Why not play Carlsen for win? I think Carlsen's tactic is win at end, not at start. Or he can't win, because he is not better than Anand? Wri... | Read More

  • European Team Chess Championship Round 3

    Hi all, I'm come back. On European Team Chess Championship the 3rd round is ended. The results are here: France-Ukraine 3-1, Czech Republic-Turkey 3½-0½, Romania-Greece 2-2 Armenia-Austria2½-1½, Poland-Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Hungary-Spain3-1, G... | Read More

  • La actividad del rey

    En algunas posiciones de medio juego y finales muchas veces el rey es una pieza que determina el resultado de la lucha. En las últimas semanas he estado enseñando este concepto a mis alumnos y revisamos varias posiciones interesantes de partida... | Read More

  • WCC day 2

    Hey Guys I'm Back as promised Well... Game 2 of the WCC between The Champion - Vishy Anand and The Challenger - Magnus Carlsen was almost as BORING as the first game - draw in a mere 25 moves and even shorter as they ended in an ho... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Queen's Duel

    The pattern that we are going to discuss today is extremely common in the Sicilian Defense (the Dragon variation in particular). Therefore, if you play this opening for either color, you might want to memorize this useful tactical pattern. The r... | Read More

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