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  • 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

  • WCC day 1

    Hey Chess Fans, I am going to do my best to try to be here every day for the duration of the WCC between Anand and Carlsen to replay the game and tell you guys who has the upper hand due to this game                               ... | Read More

  • Anand-Carlsen

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

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #15 - The Circle Game

    “Life can be funny,” the Professor began. “There are times when it seems we go round and round, never getting anywhere special.” --- “That sounds very philosophical,” Zephyr offered. “The other day my math teacher mentioned Euclid an... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Nov 8, 2013

    "I don't do better as White than as Black; what is wrong?" On the average, having White against a player of equal value means you should score about 57% of the points (e.g. 40 wins, 34 draws, and 26 losses in 100 games), which translates to about ... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 5

    World Champion Tigran Petrosian is well known for his positional exchange sacrifices. A less known strategic idea that appeared in several of his games is the bishop exchange for the c3 knight in the King's Indian Defense (KID). In the KID, the da... | Read More

  • The Michigan Fall International, Part 1

    For the past few years, since the fall of 2011, I had a really bad period in chess. I was really having trouble concentrating, not enjoying playing chess, and making many blunders. My nerves were shot and I couldn't calculate variations. In a shor... | Read More

  • Chess Tales from Asia - The Great Singapore Swindles (Part 3)

    Once again, I would like to thank the readers for their support, interaction and kind comments in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. In this final segment of Great Singapore Swindles, I would like to introduce you to a good friend, International M... | Read More

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