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  • Can A GM And Rybka Beat Stockfish?

    Around June, 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 establis... | Read More

  • Sac A Queen To Find A Mate! A Love Story Video Series

    We all have terrible ideas now and then. Typically, they stem from the crazy urge to sacrifice a piece. Even the best of the best can’t always resist. In fact, this series will pay tribute to those special moments when the game's most powerf... | Read More

  • A Guide To Underpromotion

    The concept of underpromotion epitomizes the beauty of chess. Mathematically speaking, the queen is far and away the most potent force on the board. Yet there are certain situations in which the lady's subordinates are more deserving of reincarnat... | Read More

  • Lighting The Pirc Defense On Fire

    The Pirc Defense is certainly one of the most provocative openings. Black fianchettos his king bishop instead of immediately challenging in the center. White therefore has a variety of fierce attacking methods. Of these, the fiercest is the Austri... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations: The Good Old Days

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny b... | Read More

  • The 7 Best Upcoming Chess.com Events

    Chess fans have a lot to look forward to at Chess.com. If you like big-time chess events, you're going to love this spring.  Yesterday, a charity fundraising simul hosted by world-number-nine GM Anish Giri online on Chess.com's ... | Read More

  • How To Be A Chess Legend

    Legend: a story coming down from the past; especially: one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable (Merriam Webster Dictionary). There are great chess players and there are legendary chess players. What's the differenc... | Read More

  • Max and Dorothea

      Le Roi jouant avec La Reine(Max Ernst, 1944) called "The King of Chess" in "Chess Review's" coverage of theImagery of Chess  "The King Playing With the Queen" was originally a wire-reinforced plaster sculpture  painted a homogenous blue.... | Read More

  • The Art Of Chess Defense

    Every chess player has a unique style, his own tendencies and preferences. But one attribute is common to all elite grandmasters: tenacity. Consider Magnus Carlsen's performance at the 2015 Gashimov Memorial. In the first round, Magnus conf... | Read More

  • Bent Larsen's Monster

    Today we will be taking a look at what is, on the surface, a grotesque combination of Bird's Opening and the Orangutang. Combining these two obscure openings might seem to create a monster worthy of Dr. Moreau -- or perhaps Dixon Bainbridge of The... | Read More

  • Can You Find These Classic Combinations?

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny b... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Think When Playing A Grandmaster

    [UPDATE: You can play GM Anish Giri and support the Nepal earthquake recovery effort. Details here.] My first game of online chess was against a grandmaster. Decades ago, I had signed up for a now-defunct website, and logged in to play for my ... | Read More

  • Women In Chess: Be Aggressive

    The recent Women's World Championship was a fascinating event. You could find everything we love about chess competitions: neat combinations, unpredictable results (will we ever forget Natalia Pogonina's amazing comebacks in almost every single ma... | Read More

  • Cross-Pins

         Cross-pins or double pins are names for a rare and particularly interesting tactic.  Under certain conditions it can also be called the St. Andrew's Cross, counter-pins and combination pins.      A cross-pin can be absolute, r... | Read More

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

    Topic for May/June: The Endgame (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments.) The Good and the Bad of Speed Che... | Read More

  • Never Trust Your Opponent!

    In 2007, at the Far West Open in Reno, I played the first two grandmasters of my life: Melik Khachiyan and fellow Chess.com columnist Gregory Serper. Khachiyan soundly outplayed me in a King's Indian, but my battle with Gregory was a different k... | Read More

  • How To Play The Stonewall Dutch

    Today we will be looking at a completely different landscape on the chess board compared to last week's King's Indian structure: the light-square focus of the Dutch Stonewall. The Stonewall is not a specific series of moves so much as a set... | Read More

  • How To Crush Your Opponent With The King's Gambit Video Series

    Novice chess players are exposed to openings like the Fried Liver and the four-move checkmate early on. At the start of any game, the king’s f-pawn is the weakest on the board for either color. Inspired by that belief, the King’s Gambi... | Read More

  • Spicy Gambits Video Series

    Gambits are an important part of chess. Although most of them come from White’s initiative, there are also many sound counter gambits for Black that have developed over time. Understanding how to play with and against gambits is important fo... | Read More

  • The Deadly Attacks Of Romantic Chess

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny bit ab... | Read More

  • Die Immergrüne Partie

    Dr. Hermann von Gottschall      Dr. Hermann von Gottschall (1862-1933) was a reputable German chessplayer and problemist. He also edited the German periodical "Deutsche Schachzeitung" from 1892-96 (having co-edited with Curt von Bardeleb... | Read More

  • Is Magnus Carlsen The LeBron James Of Chess?

    Who is the LeBron James of chess? The National Basketball Association playoffs are in full swing, and the best players in the world are battling it out, hoping to win an NBA championship. LeBron James fell just short of a championship last sea... | Read More

  • Surprise Your Opponent!

    The Benko Gambit is one of the most popular openings among club players. It is indeed very appealing to grab the initiative early in the game playing Black against your opponent who likes to play positional chess. Why do I assume that your oppon... | Read More

  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Tactics

    Do you find yourself getting a good position only to spoil it by missing a simple tactic?  How about getting a promising attack but failing to find a forced mate or win of material?  I hope these five simple tips will help to sharpen y... | Read More

  • Vive la Egalite!

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

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