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  • La famosa partida inmortal

    Esta partida fue protagonizada por Anderssen contra Kieseritzky en la ciudad de Londres el año 1851. Pasó a la historia por el gran juego combinativo del jugador de blancas, quien sacrifica nada menos que una pieza menor en la apertura, las dos ... | Read More

  • Chessy Tunes

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

  • "Hope Chess" - A Common Mistake: Part II

    Part II focuses on the intemediate player. Firstly: let me describe the qualities that are most often found in the intermediate player: 1) The main difference between the intermediate player and the beginning player is the ability to move and k... | Read More

  • Modern Chess Technique

    The hardest thing in chess, Frank J. Marshall warned us, is to win a won game. It is no surprise that technique - the ability to convert an advantage (of any kind) into a full point - is a coveted skill. As beginners, we are often told that solid ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #46 - The Fortress and the Cage, Part 1

    Professor: Good evening, class. Lucian: Good evening? But it’s only one o’clock in the afternoon. Professor: Oh, forgive me. I’ve just flown back from Phnom Penh and I forgot to reset my watch. Here, the class wasn’t sure if the ... | Read More

  • Three Key Ways to Improve at Chess (part 3)

    In my past articles "Three Key Ways to Improve at Chess (part 1)" and "Part 2" I listed the three key methods of improvement that all chess players striving to get better should focus on: 1. Take in as much information about chess as possible (Le... | Read More

  • Defense in the Endgame, Part 2

    For the second part of this series, we will turn to the classical master of defense - Emanuel Lasker. Lasker had an unusual skill for hanging on in the most difficult of positions while simultaneously goading his opponents into the abyss. Each mov... | Read More

  • Test Your Chess Understanding, Part 3

    Usually an article discusses a particular player, or tactic, or some positional concept. When I teach tactical motifs, you know that all the puzzles are going to be about tactics. And if I am discussing a particular idea concerning a pawn structur... | Read More

  • The Velimirovic's Guide to the Modern Benoni, Part Two

    Today we'll continue learning typical ideas of the Modern Benoni using Velimirovic's games. But first, I would like to address the concern of one of our readers who, in his comments, expressed disappointment that none of Velimirovic's opponents pl... | Read More

  • The Dominican Order

          In his 1968 book called "The Poor Knight" ("Рыцарь бедный"). Vasily Panov described 23 year old Mikhail Tschigorin walking down Nevsky Prospect, a busy thoroughfare in St. Petersburg, with his friend Fedor discussing chess,... | Read More

  • Tal's Sacrifices Explained

    "When I asked Fischer why he had not played a certain move in our game, he replied: 'Well, you laughed when I wrote it down.'" -Mikhail Tal (1936-1992)  Neither Mikhail Tal's life, nor his personality, nor his playing style, nor his ailments can... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #45 - Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Replication

    Professor: Hello, class. Why so pale and wan? Class: (No response.) Professor: Well, allow me to enliven your day by introducing two new classmates, Thomas and Rachel. Everyone smiled guardedly. Professor: I believe Zephyr and Lucian w... | Read More

  • Defense in the Endgame, Part 1

    There's no denying that, whatever your strength in chess, in some games you are going to have to cling to some floating debris just to stay over water. Anyone can fall into some opening preparation or make a blunder. Additionally, you have those g... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 2

    A VERY BASIC BENKO This continues the Classic Pawn Structure series as seen in Classic Pawn Structure, Part 1a and Part 1b. In general, chess professionals know the ins and outs of every structure, non-titled experienced/strong pl... | Read More

  • The Velimirovic's Guide to the Modern Benoni

    In last week's article we discussed the chess heritage of GM Dragoljub Velimirovic. You probably noticed that all the games used for the article shared the same opening - the Sicilian Defense. This is, of course, not a coincidence s... | Read More

  • Requiem for a Romantic

    Chess is a reflection of life. Our modern lives go faster and so too do the time controls we play today. When I tell kids that I played the so-called Capablanca's time control (two hours and 30 minutes for the first 40 moves) and then the game wou... | Read More

  • The Winning Style

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

  • Chess.com University's Online Chess Camp with GM Boris Gelfand - Official Announcement

    Last week we revealed our plans to organize an online chess camp and included a tentative schedule. Today, we are officially announcing Chess.com University's first online chess camp! Note: There may be a few discrepancies regarding the schedul... | Read More

  • Never Resign Prematurely!

    Throughout my chess career, I have resigned in several different ways. During my very first games with my brother, I - well, I resigned by knocking the pieces over in disgust. In my first tournaments, I flicked the king over, old style. Then, for ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #44 - Take, Take and Mate?

    Professor: What do you say, class? Class: (Mumbled voices.) Professor: It’s great that I have a captivated audience. Hale: Captivated or captive? Professor: Now that I’ve captured your attention, let’s talk a... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 30, 2014

    1."If we partition your chess strength (or improvement) into two broad classes, what portion is knowledge (opening moves, endgame positions, tactical positions, principles) vs. abilities/skills (analysis, evaluation, time management, criticalit... | Read More

  • Sicilian Endgames: The Lines

    Wrapping up my series about endgames from the Sicilian, we will be discussing the relevance of the major open lines in that structure: the c- and d-files. In the basic Open Sicilian structure, White generally has primacy on the d-file and Black ... | Read More

  • Three Key Ways to Improve at Chess (part 2)

    In my past article "Three Key Ways to Improve at Chess (part 1)" I listed the three key methods of improvement that all chess players striving to get better should focus on: Take in as much information about chess as possible (Learning) Have a pl... | Read More

  • Test Your Chess Understanding, Part 2

    Usually an article discusses a particular player, or tactic, or some positional concept. When I teach tactical motifs, you know that all the puzzles are going to be about tactics. If I am discussing a particular idea concerning a pawn structure, y... | Read More

  • Review: Mikhail Tal's Best Games 1 - The Magic of Youth

    Mikhail Tal was one of the first world class players I saw in real life: as a kid, during my first visit to the Hoogovens chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee,  I almost ran into him when I entered the playing hall. Even this extremely brief en... | Read More

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