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  • How to Ruin Your Pawn Structure

    "Pawns are the soul of chess." In general, I loathe chess clichés, but some statements are so true, so deep, that they defy the notion of banality. Think about it. An inveterate patron of the Café de la Régence, an eighte... | Read More

  • Cutting the Gordian Knot

    There often comes a time in a chess game when decisive action is needed. One must change the status quo or find a sudden solution to a long-standing problem. It is funny how this works out - chess is an equation, and decisive changes in the positi... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #32 - Seeing the Large in the Small

    Professor: Hello, Class. I hope you’re having a wonderful day. Zephyr & Lucian: Thank you, Professor. We hope you’re having a wonderful day, too. Professor: I am, especially now that I’m wearing my new jacket with its checkerboard ... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Mar 7, 2014

    "If I play for a legal trap and it doesn't work, can I still have a good game?" Sounds like you might be a lawyer (or need to consult one)!  This is also a good example of how I need to "interpret" questions on my Q&A show. Since the questi... | Read More

  • Ask a Chess Openings Expert!

    Dear Ask-a-Chess-Openings-Expert, My husband and I were planning on taking a trip next month to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary, but my mother refuses to watch the kids ever since Timmy put her cat in the refrigerator.  Bill, my husban... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 6): His Worst “Combination” – Age + Booze

    As we saw, Alekhine reached his ultimate prime in 1930 and 1931. For a few years after that, he was still clearly the world’s best player, but the march of time and the wrath of alcohol took more and more out of him - though everyone still v... | Read More

  • When a Loser Becomes a Winner, Part Two

    Any chess player who is familiar with the enormous heritage of the great Nimzowitsch should know his "Immortal Zugzwang Game." The last move of the game is a treat for a real chess connoisseur: In his book, Nimzowitsch expressed h... | Read More

  • First Saturday Budapest March GM-IM tournament

    On 1st March we have started the event, we have 40 players now in 4 groups. In the GM section we have 10 players, the GM norm is 7 points, ELO average 2430.  In the IN section we have 10 players, the ELO average is 2272, IM-norm 7 points.  The... | Read More

  • The Positional Sacrifice

    The term "positional sacrifice" is construed by many players as a vague concept applied only in relation to complex positional battles between grandmasters. I exaggerate a bit, of course, but the art of sacrificing for positional compensation appe... | Read More

  • SCID + Stockfish

    I was interested in finding open-source chess tools for analysis, study and preparation. Last time I checked, I wasn't too excited, but this time I am happy to find about SCID. SCID is an open-source chess database that has a lot of the options a... | Read More

  • Romantic Chess

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

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #31 - Be Wise, Be Sure! Rooks Belong Behind!

    Professor: Class, it’s good to see you. What brings you to this part of the world? Zephyr: I’m here for a chess class. I suspect so is Lucian. Lucian: Yeah, I guess that’s why I’m here, too. Zephyr: Professor, weren’t you going... | Read More

  • Weak Squares? Who Cares?

    To chessify Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that all chess players in possession of a weak square are doomed to a miserable existence. The concept of weak squares appears rather straightforward: avoid creating them, but never f... | Read More

  • Changing of the Seasons

    When I was new to chess, I had several fantasy scenarios of dramatic brilliancies in tournament games. Of course there was the standard "sacrifice everything for checkmate;" but also I had an unusual one - a long combination leading to all the pie... | Read More

  • The Rock Scrapbook

    Scrapbook Prologue:      The U.S. Open chess tournament has been around since 1900 when it was called the Western Chess Association Championship and first won by Louis Uedemann, the creator of the Uedemann Code which was used to send chess m... | Read More

  • Chess.com Player Profiles: FM Mike Klein

    If there is such a thing as a chess traveler or chess nomad, then FIDE Master Mike Klein is one of them. He is also a popular chess writer, coach and journalist, and for Klein chess is a pleasant way to make his way through life. Here at Chess.com... | Read More

  • When a Loser Becomes a Winner

    There are chess games that have their own names. Everyone knows the 'Evergreen Game', the 'Immortal Game', the 'Opera Game', etc. We enjoy the genius and tactical skills of the winners and their names are engraved in the Golden Book of Chess. But ... | Read More

  • Queen: The Supporting Actress

    About a year and a half ago, I had the honor of working with GM Yasser Seirawan for two days during his visit to the Bay Area. Yasser is a four-time U.S. Champion whose storied professional career spans more than 30 years, and he also possesses th... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #30 - Castling in the Air

    Professor: Hi there, class. I’m wondering if any of you have had an opportunity to castle today. Zephyr: I haven’t even had a chance to play chess yet, Professor. How could I castle? Lucian: Really? You haven’t played chess yet? Well I... | Read More

  • Special Article About Robert James Fischer

    Hi all! In my previous article (Who's your favourite World champion), the most of peoples voted for Fischer.   Robert James Fischer (Chicago, 1943. March 9. – Reykjavik, 2008. January 17.) the 10th World Chess Champion. He played a matc... | Read More

  • Introduction to My Friday Columns

    Hello everyone! It is an honor and a pleasure to be the new Friday columnist for Chess.com. Chess and writing are two of my greatest passions, and I am very excited to be able to combine them on a weekly basis. I cannot wait to start analyzing gam... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Feb 21, 2014

    "I get really nervous during important games; what should I do?" "I get really worried about my rating. Do you have any suggestions?" I think these two questions, while undoubtedly different, are in some senses closely related. As I have noted, ... | Read More

  • A Pawn Up, Part 4

    In this article, the fourth part of my "A Pawn Up" series, we will be seeing a game that I played myself. This was the first round of the Eastern Open, which was held in Potomac, Maryland. This tournament always takes place in the time between Chr... | Read More

  • Chess and Music

    Hello, and welcome to my first article for chess.com.  Given that I'm not a professional chess player (far from it) and that my actual occupation is in music it was easy to decide upon the subject of music and chess, especially as there's been so... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 5): Singing the Middle-aged Blues

    Before we leap into Part 5 of this 7-part series, I’m going to make one last effort to help the “Alekhine was afraid of Capablanca” people grasp a handful of reality. After you read this, feel free to misquote me (and other sourc... | Read More

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