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  • 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

  • The 10 Most Important Moments in Chess History

    There is arguably no other game with the timeless staying power and global reach of chess. Unlike most of the other games and sports played today by millions around the world, chess has a history that spans millennia. While chess has change... | Read More

  • The Universal Opening Trap

    The majority of chess players like opening traps. I believe the main appeal of setting a trap is not the chance to win the game instantly.  What really makes an opening trap attractive for chess players of all levels is the thrill of a hunt... | Read More

  • Paul Morphy Screenplay

         As many fans of Paul Morphy know, there have been some historical fiction written about him.  On my Morphy website  I host two short stories about Morphy:  "The Best American Chess Player" by Dan Heisman  and"The Day Kasparov Played ... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman July 25, 2014

    "I noticed that the pre-registration for the Open section of the Holly Heisman Memorial (HHM) fundraiser chess tournament on Aug 3 (in Wynnewood, PA just outside Philadelphia) has several titled players. I am only in the 1500's. Is there any way I... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #52: Rooking the Queen

    Professor: Welcome back. Class: Welcome back to you, too, Professor. Rachel: So what are you going to talk about today? Professor: Well, the last two sessions had to do with queens winning queens. Ryan: Were you planning to present more of tha... | Read More

  • The Positional Rook Lift

    Last week, we examined the rook lift as an attacking tool. Of course, a rook is not only an attacking piece -- it can be mobilized for positional reasons as well. In this article, we will analyze several instances in which the rook lift serves a... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Alekhine vs Capablanca

    As we move further from the misty past and closer to modernity in our exploration of the endgames of world championship matches, we come to the battle between the incumbent champion, Jose Raul Capablanca, and the challenger, Alexander Alekhine. ... | Read More

  • Will Hope Be Krushed at Death Match 26?

    For just the second time, Chess.com's Death Match will feature two ladies. GM Nadezhda Kosintseva will take on GM Irina Krush in Death Match 26 on Saturday, July 26 at 12 p.m. Eastern (GMT -5), 9 a.m. Pacific. The event will be live on Chess.com... | Read More

  • The Great Saint Petersburg Tournament of 1914, Part One: Everyone Expects the Spanish Inquisition

    One hundred years ago the chess world witnessed one of the greatest chess tournaments of all time, Saint Petersburg 1914. Its storylines were numerous and compelling: Capablanca's early domination, Alekhine's first major international success, Rub... | Read More

  • The Ohio Masters Open (3 days to go !)

    The Ohio Chess Academy & The Dayton Chess Club Bring You A Single Open Section Chess Tournament Open to Everyone!   First Annual Ohio Masters Chess Tournament July 25-27, 2014 OPEN FORMAT THE SAME FORMAT USED AT THE US OPEN CHESS... | Read More

  • Riding The Winds Of Fashion, Part 3

    Warning! This is a fairly advanced article. I try to write for players of all ratings, so sometimes I explore basic stuff, and other times I bow to the 1800-and-above crowd. Though the opening in question is too advanced for beginners, I hope that... | Read More

  • Hungarian over the board chess tournaments 2014 Aug...December

    Respected Chessfriend, Pls tell your GM-IM norm seeker pupils and chessfriends in your country, from 2nd - until 12th August FIRST SATURDAY we have GM and IM tournament in Budapest. We have some vacancies yet. The next tournaments: 1. 10th-16th... | Read More

  • The Best Groups on Chess.com

    There are so many groups on Chess.com that site members can join but which groups are the best, and why? Below, you will find a list of the absolute best groups on Chess.com.   #1 Chess.com University Chess.com University is the largest group... | Read More

  • 10 Chess Facts You Might Not Know

    If you’re reading this article, you’re probably well-informed on chess in general. So you already know that Chess.com offers an extensive library of chess news, articles, videos, openings information, training tools, and lessons... | Read More

  • The Chess Terminator: Hasta la Vista, Baby!

    The game from round 17 of the Soviet Championship 1957 was more proof that Tal was getting back to his great form. Even though it was just a draw, this game was one of Tal's favorites. In his book, Tal wrote that he always loved the b... | Read More

  • Chess.com University's Online Summer Chess Camp Concludes- Video Recordings Significantly Discounted

    UPDATE: Video recordings significantly discounted for a limited time. From July 7th-11th, 2014, Chess.com University hosted its first-ever and in fact, the world's first-ever online summer chess camp. This high-profile event gathered instructors... | Read More

  • The Two Best Coaching Groups @ Chess.com

    NM aww-rats free video lessons group Dan Heisman Learning Center If you join and take advantage of what we offer, your chess will improve! It's really no contest if you look at what we offer. No other coaching group compares on all fronts: 1) ... | Read More

  • The Tactical Rook Lift

    About a year after I learned the rules of the game, I became practically obsessed with rook lifts. In my (inexperienced and naive) opinion, no attack was truly complete without an aesthetically pleasing rook lift. Indeed I had a rook (or two) on... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #51: Some Queens Are Never Safe

    Professor: Happy July 18, class! Class: Happy July 18 to you, Professor. Rachel: What’s so special about July 18? Professor: I don’t know. It just seems like a beautiful day. Thomas: Actually, on this date, in the year with the... | Read More

  • Amazing rook endgames

    Hi all! I think everybody knows, the most draw chances, when a player has got material advantage/disadvantage is in the rook endgames. In this article I want to show some analysis, from a famous Jose Raul, Capablanca-Saviel, Tartakower game from... | Read More

  • Good Traps and Bad Traps: The Maung Story

    Let's attempt to define a good trap: "Setting up an attractive, but faulty, sequence for the opponent that, if followed, would allow a tactic or, at least, a forcing sequence unfavorable for that opponent. However, if the opponent avoids that mo... | Read More

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