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Peter’s Chess Vibes
“Another year has gone by, and this Bulletin starts the second year of our magazine in this form. While the Tata... | Read More
Last week, we examined the origins of the Chigorin Defense at the end of the 19th century.
In the following years, Chigorin used his defense many times and demonstrated its basic themes. Let's look at some of them.
Black's play on t... | Read More
Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time.
That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More
Almost everyone knows of Blackburne's quick assimilation of chess, of his simultaneous exhibitions and of his blindfold skill, but less well known is his talent at both problem solving and problem creating.
Joseph Henry Blackbu... | Read More
A new calendar year, for many people, means a chance for a new beginning.
January is a month to consider new possibilities, to improve yourself, and to make a fresh plan for the upcoming year.
In many ways, a new year is like a chessboard in t... | Read More
If the title of the article sounds ridiculous, don't rush to a conclusion.
I'll try to prove that sometimes even very strong chess players forget the basic rules of chess.
Let's talk about castling. Do you remember when it is legal and when it... | Read More
I clearly remember that day in March 2005 when Garry Kasparov announced his retirement from professional chess.
I was convinced that it was all a misunderstanding, that my days of waking up at dawn to watch Garry massacre one super-GM after... | Read More
The Chigorin Defense is one opening whose history -- unlike some of others we have examined in previous weeks -- revolves around one man. And of course this is its namesake, Mikhail Chigorin.
Chigorin was born in 1850 near St. Peterburg, where h... | Read More
A long, long time ago. . . in September of 1706 in Amsterdam to be exact, a man named Mr. Caze dated his manuscript on chess, "Instruction pour ce livre d'échecs : contenant les diverses manieres de jouer le gambit," in a letter of ... | Read More
“I would like to understand the type of games I am interested in playing. I am a beginner, and I thought that maybe I might make a database of every game certain people played with a certain opening. My idea is ... | Read More
We've kicked off a new year, but beginning chess players still play the same unsound chess ideas that have been tried by inexperienced players for decades.
Unless their opponents are similarly new to the game, players relying on these unsophisti... | Read More
There are many basic endgame rules you can find in any chess manual:
Centralize your king!
Create an outside passed pawn!
Rooks should be placed behind passed pawns!
...I bet you've heard them dozens of times. And yet one very... | Read More
© 2015, José Diaz
Interview with José Diaz
José Diaz Official Website
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As beginners, we are invariably warned that pawn grabbing in the opening is a cardinal sin.
Indeed, what could be more incautious than throwing your development to the wind and setting yourself up for tactical calamity?
Pawn grabbing usually s... | Read More
Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.
Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More
I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | Read More
I think about chess a lot. I think about chess news, chess history, chess openings and endgames, my chess friends (living and dead), beautiful chess games, and how my 4,000 chess books are pushing me out of my home.
But my main chess thoughts ar... | Read More
As 2014 draws to a close, it’s a natural time to look back at the best chess of the year.
The past year was a good one for fans of the world’s most popular board game. There was an exciting world championship match, several amaz... | Read More
The last couple of months were a real paradise for true chess aficionados. The world's top events (including the world championship!) followed one after another.
Today, I offer you an opportunity to test your chess skills and find the star moves... | Read More
"Every time the Berlin endgame shows up on the board," GM Vladimir Kramnik remarked a few weeks ago, "everyone starts to cry quietly, [because] such positions are boring. However, games are often full of exciting play, although there are... | Read More
Professor: Hello, class.
They all greeted the professor as if saying goodbye.
Professor: Don't look so glum.
Rachel: Isn't this the last class?
Zephyr: All good things come to an end.
Lucian: Do they have to?
Wei: Yes, but each ending is a t... | Read More
Like the Kan/Paulsen, the so-called "Modern Defense" is an opening with many names. When I first met it, as a beginning chess player, I knew it as the "Robatsch Defense."
It has also been called the Ufimtsev Defense, the Kotov Defense, the Pi... | Read More
When I was still playing in tournaments I answered 1.e4 with various Sicilian lines (Richter-Rauzer, Accelerated Dragon, Paulsen and Taimanov systems, etc.) and the Caro-Kann.
I always loved the Caro-Kann, and at the end of my career it became m... | Read More
I had stumbled across the archived "New York Times" obituary notice for Edmar Mednis (February 22, 2002, by Dylan Loeb McClain). The obit, of course, reviews his life, but pivots on the point that, although Mednis (pictured left in 19... | Read More
Your favorite holiday chess tradition is back!
Chess.com is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler quiz for 2014.
The 2014 Holiday Puzzler has ended. Thanks to all who played and commented.
O... | Read More