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  • Critical Tactics Training!!

    We all know tactics are important. As the saying goes chess is 99% tactics, 1% strategy. Whether this statement is over exaggerated or right on the money is controversial, but the fact remains: tactics decide chess games. So, it makes sense that t... | Read More

  • Chessed!

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

  • The Chess Terminator's Ultimate Solution

    If the title of this article sounds like the action movie "The Bourne Ultimatum," it is pure coincidence, since here we are talking about Mikhail "Chess Terminator" Tal and his first win in the national championship. As you probably remember, af... | Read More

  • Tips to Improve Your Calculation

    Many of my friends who lost control in their calculation, once said: "I can't calculate for next eight moves forward, all i can do is only five moves forward" So, in this short article i will give some tips to improve your calculation technique. ... | Read More

  • Solving Complex Positions

    Since the beginning stages of chess development, you've most likely been exposed to solving "tactics" exercises. It seems that, by nature, every chess player innately shares the joy of finding the right solution to a tactical problem to some degre... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #50 - Askew in Skewers

    Professor: Welcome back! Zephyr: Thank you, Professor. We welcome your welcome. Professor: I hope you enjoyed our class barbecue last week. Thomas: I know I did. Lucian: Me too. The hot dogs and hamburgers were great. Rachel: I also like... | Read More

  • Don't Lose Trying Too Hard to Win

    In my article on chess technique, I wholeheartedly agreed with Frank J. Marshall's affirmation that "the hardest thing in chess is to win a won game." Indeed, tenacious defense is now the norm rather than the exception. Fifty years ago, the fir... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jul 11, 2014

    In his fun and instructive book Grandmaster Secrets: Openings (recommended for those 1700+), GM Andy Soltis discusses in some detail why it is not necessary good, and often misguided, that average tournament and club players feel it necessary to... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Steinitz vs. Lasker

    As we move along in our exploration of the endgames that defined the battles for the world championship, we come to the 1894 match between Emanuel Lasker and Wilhelm Steinitz, which took place in New York, Philadelphia, and Montreal. In the year... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, July 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Dubai Heights “As a chess journalist I have travelled quite a lot and I have seen many interesting places. The farthest to th... | Read More

  • An Amateur "Immortal"

                                 So I was logged on ICC when a friend of mine said "JMB, I have a game to show you!" When he showed me I was blown away. I could only dream of playing such a game! To be honest, if someone ... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation

    Serious opening preparation is a must for all chess professionals. At times, the preparation is mundane: NORMAL OPENING PREPARATION  1) You decide to play a new opening that had attracted you for years, or you saw something new and exc... | Read More

  • 17 Hand Positions Every Tournament Chess Player Must Know

    When you play chess online, it doesn't really matter what you do with your hands. But when you play chess at a tournament, sitting across the board from a real human opponent for up to seven hours each game, you MUST master the 17 key hand positio... | Read More

  • Living Chess

         Chess has had some difficulty throughout the years in presenting itself as a form of public entertainment. There has been some isolated cases where chess made good TV and even a few instances where chess was limelighted and managed to ca... | Read More

  • The Chess Terminator, Part Two

    Last week, we left our amicable chess terminator at a position where his opponent set a devilish trap for him. Many of you, my dear readers, correctly found the refutation of the trap. In his book, Tal wrote that White's move (25.Rd2) made him ver... | Read More

  • Sweet Ambition

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

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #49 - Happy Independence Day!

    Professor: Happy Independence Day, Class! Lucian: You mean happy July Fourth, don’t you? Zephyr: They’re the same day. Thomas: That’s the way the Founding Fathers planned it. Zephyr: Maybe the Founding Mothers had the sam... | Read More

  • Morphy's Sacrifices Explained

    Whether you like it or not, Paul Morphy is almost invariably remembered for his brilliant victory over the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard in 1858 (refresh your memory here). And for good reason! However, while Morphy indeed conducted a bril... | Read More

  • A historic tournament to start on chess.com July 5!

    Would you like to play in a weekend tournament (over the next two weekends) with a time control of 90 30 (That's 90 minutes plus a 30 second increment each move) without having to travel? You can do it on chess.com in this historic event. This is ... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Steinitz vs. Zukertort

    Dear readers! Over the next couple months I will be doing a series of articles covering the endgames played in world championship matches over the years. Through this series, we will be seeing how endgame play evolved as well as learning about som... | Read More

  • Vacancy in the First Saturday Budapest 5th-15th July IM tournament

    We miss a player with around 2250-2300 ELO from the world. Who does want to come now to play for the IM-norm?  The list of the players:  SZEBERENYI, Adam IM 2316 HUN FARAGO, Sandor IM 2249 HUN SZALANCZY, Emil IM 2280 HUN KISLIK, Erik Andrew IM... | Read More

  • How to Play Badly

    Warning: This trick is performed by trained professionals only - don't try this at home. While remarking on his win against Conrad Holt in last year's US Championship, Gata Kamsky explained his dubious decision on move 30. "I had a choice," Kams... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 3b

    In our first look at this pawn structure in Part 3a we explored the piece setups, dynamics, and general plans of the Burn Variation of the French Defense. Though doubling one’s kingside pawns early in the game may look idiotic, the resulting str... | Read More

  • 6 Ways the World Cup is Like Chess

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup has reached a fever "pitch"! The knockout rounds have begun, six teams have been eliminated, and two more will fall today. The U.S. team faces Belgium in the round of 16 this afternoon, and many Americans are discovering th... | Read More

  • Scoring the Winning Goal

    Slowly, I savored my "organic" burger with cheddar and avocado slices. Although my surroundings were bursting with life, all that I could focus on was the dramatic last round. In a sense, the thought of playing the last chess game was therapeutic,... | Read More

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