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  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part II

        The Traxler Counter Attack         With best play, does Black have a chance with 1.e4  e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 ?      In Part I we examined White's response 5. d4      White's two most common responses however ... | Read More

  • Mastering Your Tactical Intuition

    Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half. -- GM Jan Timman, The Art of Chess Analysis (1997) As we saw in part one, chess does not... | Read More

  • How To Play The Chinese Dragon

    In the early 21st century, a new permutation of the evergreen Sicilian Dragon appeared: rather than place the queen's rook, obviously, on the open c-file, to put it instead on the closed b-file, supporting an advance of the b-pawn: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns You Must Know Video Series

    In this video series, IM Daniel Rensch is here to educate us all on some chess fundamentals. You will want to go through these courses more than once. This video series will cover everything from basic tactical patterns to complex mating nets. T... | Read More

  • Chaotic Chess Puzzles: Tactics Or Positional Play?

    I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... | Read More

  • The 12 Most Interesting Chess Players Ever

    Who are the most interesting chess players of all time? It’s an interesting question. Are we talking about the best players ever? Even that’s a tricky thing to define. Are the best players the most accomplished? We could go by supe... | Read More

  • Do Arbiters Know The Rules Of Chess?

    Some time ago we tried to answer the question "Do Grandmasters Know The Rules Of Chess?" and concluded that sometimes even world-class GMs forget the most basic rules of chess. But what about arbiters (called tournament directors in the U.S.)... | Read More

  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part I

          Take a walk with me on the wild side . . . of chess.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       When Tarrasch wrote,  ". . .Sg5 , den ich für einen richtigen Stümperzug halt... | Read More

  • Chess Beach Body Ready

    © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Speed Chess -- The Bad

    Topic for June: the endgame (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column.) The Bad Things About Speed Chess? (For answers to all other speed chess questions received, please read my replies in the for... | Read More

  • Mastering Your Chess Intuition

    Intuition manifests itself first and foremost in the ability, in a somewhat unconscious way, and with a high degree of accuracy, to choose between different lines of play. — GM Valeri Beim, The Enigma of Chess Intuition I ca... | Read More

  • When White Avoids the Benoni: The Vaganian Gambit

    After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5, not every player of the white pieces agrees to take up the baton and confront the Benoni Defense or the Benko Gambit by playing 3.d5. Some may prefer to send the game toward the quieter English Opening by playing ... | Read More

  • Tactics Or Positional Play? A Beautiful Imagination!

    I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy for yo... | Read More

  • Did Hollywood Get 'Pawn Sacrifice' Right?

    By now many Chess.com members have seen the first trailer for Pawn Sacrifice, the Hollywood movie based on the rise of Bobby Fischer to world chess champion. We've known for a while that Spiderman, or rather Tobey Maguire, was to play the fiv... | Read More

  • The World Champions' Favorite Sacrifice

    There is a positional sacrifice that is quite popular in the games of top players, particularly world champions. It works like this: you have your rook on an open file and you have an outpost there. (I hope most of our readers remember that an o... | Read More

  • The Man Who Saved Philidor

        "English chess owes more to the Rev. George Atwood than it does to any other person."    - Dale A. Brandreth, chess historian and collector extraordinaire      As most folks know, the custom of saving games didn't really begin in... | Read More

  • José Raúl Capablanca's World Championship Positional Wins

    Last Friday, we discussed the first half of José Raúl Capablanca's chess career, tracing his meteoric rise through the lens of his finest positional wins. In 1921, after a decade of heated negotiations and parley, the final te... | Read More

  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g4!? The so-called "Li... | Read More

  • Tactics Or Positional Play? The Ladies Return!

    I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... | Read More

  • Game Of Thrones Or Chess Puzzles?

    IM Daniel Rensch has tried live daily puzzle sessions before, racing against the clock to complete chess tactics before the timer expires. But even Chess.com’s master tactics trainer hasn’t attempted anything like this. This Sunday... | Read More

  • Almost There

    © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Lasker's Chess Wisdom

    The second world champion in chess history, Emanuel Lasker, was a unique person. Besides being the champion for 27 years (this record will never be beaten for sure!), he was also a famous mathematician and philosopher.  In his prime Lasker ... | Read More

  • Honest Abe

    Honest Abe - Chess Player      Although the documentation is rather sparce and anecdotal,  Abraham Lincoln was known to have been a chess player.  Below are a few of the instances where Chess crossed path with Mr. Lincoln. "The Eve... | Read More

  • José Raúl Capablanca's Greatest Positional Wins

    José Maria Capablanca was a busy man. A lieutenant in the cavalry division of the Spanish army, he spent his limited free time playing chess with fellow soldiers. One day, his four-year-old-son José Raúl decided to reliev... | Read More

  • How To Play The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit

    The 90s were a decade of complex openings:  in particular, the King's Indian and the Semi-Slav. In 1992, a peculiar attacking idea came out of Latvia to combat the Semi-Slav, Meran Variation. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6... | Read More

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