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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
Shock Value or the Real Thing?
“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
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
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Peter’s Chess Vibes
“In May I took two weeks off from work. Shortly before it started I decided to play an open tournament in Liechte... | Read More
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!
Not only did he achiev... | Read More
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
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
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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
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
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
When I was first starting my own chess training I was introduced to the movie 'Searching for Bobby Fischer'. I recommend everyone who enjoys chess to watch this at some point. There are very few movies about chess and this one inspired me greatly.... | Read More
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