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  • Review: My Junior Years in 20 Games

    One of the first chess books I bought myself was a red little volume in German called Garrik Kasparow - Idol der Jugend by T.Lais. Published in 1983 - when Kasparov was just 20 years old - it contained 60 lightly annotated games played by the late... | Read More

  • Judit Did It

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

  • Rooks on the Seventh, Revisited

    Despite his irritable personality and somewhat dogmatic assertions, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) is the undisputed patriarch of modern positional thought. In his magnum opus My System (1925), Nimzowitsch formulated and verbalized a litany o... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #55: Winning the Hard Way the Easy Way

    Professor: Good day, class. The class smiled back, some of the students even said “hi.” Professor: Are there any questions before we begin today’s session? Hale: I was wondering if I could show the final moves from a blitz game I had the... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: the 1948 World Championship Tournament

    Shortly after the end of World War II, Alexander Alekhine died, allegedly by choking, in a mostly empty hotel on the windswept coast of Portugal. He left the world championship crown vacant, for the first time since Steinitz became the first wor... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 7

    GOOD OR BAD? Mordecai10 asked: I have just completed part 1 of your Test Your Chess Understanding articles, and I wasn’t completely satisfied by one aspect of your solutions. In your solution to puzzle 2, you say the following: &lsquo... | Read More

  • The 10 Best Chess Cities in the World

    The game of chess has a storied history dating back to about 600 AD, with many momentous events in those 1500 years.  About half a billion people today play chess worldwide, and the game has been adopted by cultures in every continent ... | Read More

  • You Won't Believe This Simple Trap Even GMs Miss

    There are many different traps in chess. Some of them are so well known that you can hardly use these tricks even against relatively weak players. However, some traps are good enough to catch even grandmasters.  Sometimes, the world's leadi... | Read More

  • Can a GM and Rybka beat Stockfish?

    About two months ago, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #54: Give Me Something

    Professor: Howdy, class. Here the class responded with a collective “hi.” Professor: We have a new class member being added to our roster today. I’d like you to meet Idris. Everyone smiled coyly, but warmly. Zephyr: Wha... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Aug 8, 2014

    "If you had to pick only one legacy to leave to the chess world, what would it be?" Well, I have long given up on any hopes of my campaign to de-emphasize the wonderfully accurate but humanly over-dependent rating system (see Encouraging Tourname... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Alekhine vs. Euwe (1937 Rematch)

    After winning the world championship title from Alexander Alekhine in 1935, Max Euwe did something rare -- he voluntarily gave his opponent a rematch, without putting obstacles in the way or seeking a weaker opponent to play first. The rematch t... | Read More

  • Tromso Follies

    I love chess olympiads.  The great players, the pageantry, the drama, and, most of all, the unrelenting weirdness of the lower boards.  What do I mean by that?  Well, because the event is open to all countries, a wildly eclectic mix of professi... | Read More

  • The Pawn Poke

    Be it annoying, mildly painful, or downright inappropriate, the pawn poke is a key theme in understanding pawn structures and color complexes. Once mastered, your opponents will feel like they are locked in a room with a deranged 5 year old wavin... | Read More

  • Chess 025: Opening Repertoire for 1500-1800 ELO Players, Part 2: Black vs. 1.c4, 1.Nf3, and Others

    Dear Chess.com Members, After Chess 012, Chess 013, Chess 014, and Chess 024, Chess.com University is back with its fifth college-like chess course! Our college-like courses provide the best and most effective chess education available online. I... | Read More

  • The Difficult Opponent

    The Kryptonite Effect Many fans of chess are confused when one player in the world’s top 10 totally dominates another top 10 player in game after game. How does one explain this? In boxing they say “styles make fights.&rdquo... | Read More

  • The 10 Commandments of Chess You Need to Know

    According to the book of Exodus, the 10 Commandments were inscribed on two stone tablets and given to Moses on the top of Mt. Sinai -- literally, "from on high." The 10 commandments of chess, on the other hand, were written by the experts at Che... | Read More

  • How to Become a Tactical Wizard

    There is no need to explain the importance of tactics for a tournament player. I bet you've all heard the cliche "chess is 99% tactics," or an anecdote about a grandmaster who was a famous endgame specialist. (Was it Smyslov? I don't remember.) ... | Read More

  • O Elo Mio

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

  • Fire on the Boards in Tromso

    Hi guys, From August 1st through the 14th - the Chess Olympiad will be going on in Tromso, Norway So far, almost two rounds are completed, and there have been some blunders, time trouble, and some amazing tactical games Blunders If playing the... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #53: In Passing

    Professor: Bonjour, class. Class: Bonjour, to you as well, Professor. Lucian: What’s with the French? Thomas: Were you trying to confuse us? Professor: No, not at all. Zephyr: Then why use French to say good afternoon? Ryan: Do... | Read More

  • How to Play Unorthodox Combinations

    Even devout Petrosian fans cannot deny that combinations are aesthetically pleasing by definition. However, keen tactical vision is no longer a unique commodity. Sharp combinatorial awareness has become a required skill of all serious chess play... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Euwe vs. Alekhine

    After taking the world championship title from Jose Raul Capablanca in their 1927 match (covered last week), Alexander Alekhine defended his title twice against Efim Bogoljubow: in 1929 and again in 1934. Like Emanuel Lasker, Alekhine has also b... | Read More

  • Chess in the Vieux Carré

         The Vieux Carré  or French Quarter, cradled in the crescent of the Mississippi River, was the original site of La Nouvelle-Orléans.  Although during the 19th century New Orleans expanded and become more Americanized eroding th... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 6

    Million Dollar Fantasy QUESTION 1: Chess.com member Einet890 asked: “If you were to train me for two years to become a GM and had a million dollars on the line, what would the training look like?” ANSWER: This kind of question c... | Read More

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