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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 16, 2014

    "I am stuck at 1700. Does that make me studid?" "Is there a correlation between chess rating and IQ?" One of the world's leading physicists and expert on string theory is Ed Witten. Ed took up chess for a while and what was his rating? 1700. I d... | Read More

  • Test Your Chess Understanding, Part 1

    Usually an article discusses a particular player, or tactics, 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, ... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, May 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Shamkir Stones “During the rest day, when I was tortured for hours by pains in my lower left back, I decided to ask for a doc... | Read More

  • Three Key Ways to Improve at Chess (part 1)

    Recently I've received a lot of emails from prospective students who ask me “How do I get better at chess?” In my opinion, there are three important methods of improvement that I feel are key to everyone's growth as chess players. This articl... | Read More

  • Sicilian Endgames: Three Pawns for the Piece

    In various lines of the Sicilian, Black plays ...a6 and ...b5, which sometimes gives White the chance to sacrifice a minor piece on b5. The knight that ends up on b5 subsequently captures on d6, the queens are traded, and a typical endgame arises.... | Read More

  • The Sailor Who Beat Bobby Fischer

    In last week's article, we discussed how alcohol affects a chess player's abilities. There I mentioned the Soviet grandmaster Ratmir Dmitrievich Kholmov. I don't want the readers to have an impression that this great chess player was mostly famous... | Read More

  • Another Job Done!

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

  • Weaknesses come back to haunt you

    One of the only things we can't take back are pawn moves. While moving pawns forward usually provide us with space, they can also leave permanent weakensses in our position. Even the most innocent pawn move like h3 can create big weaknesses around... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #41 - Ryan's Quad

    Professor: Good afternoon, class. I trust you’ve had an eventful week of chess. Lucian: I certainly did. I played tons of blitz at the Marshall Chess Club. Zephyr: I was busy studying. I read a section on open files in Jeremy Silm... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin: 30% OFF - Your Last Chance!

    This week Chess.com celebrates its 7-year-anniversary, and we've got something for you! We're offering a 30% discount on our magazine The Master's Bulletin, which offers 40 pages each month with articles on openings, middlegame and endgame as well... | Read More

  • Fast and furious - Draw under 30 moves

    In modern tournaments, rule about arranged draw games or to don’t play draw under 30 or even 40 moves is one of the most controversial, but it helped to improve fight spirit in chess players. In last league, I played 1st board, and even in half... | Read More

  • Sicilian Endgames: On the Queenside

    In the Sicilian, we tend to think of the queenside as Black's domain. Black's open c-file, which allows real pressure on c2 as well as support for a knight on c4, along with the easy possibility of expanding on the queenside by ...b5, generally gi... | Read More

  • Playing Chess While Being Drunk!

    FIDE elections are getting closer, so it is time to revisit one of their "brilliant" inventions: the doping test. I briefly touched this absurd innovation here. No one has ever been able to prove that a mythical chess-enhancing drug even exists,... | Read More

  • The Kolisch Supplement

         Recently, IM Jeremy Silman contributed an article featuring the talent of Ignatz Kolisch, one of the strongest, if not the strongest, player during the 1860s.       Mr. Silman's article, Kolisch: Unknown Tactical Monster, demonstra... | Read More

  • 8 Turkmeni chessplayers in the First Saturday 3rd-13th May Budapest chess tournaments

    We have started our events, 8 players from Turkmenistan plays here. In the first round the USA player, Mr IM Justin Sarkar won against the Turkmeni IM Maksat Atabayev. www.firstsaturday.hu | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 1a

    A Chess.com reader recently recommended a game where White (a 2700 grandmaster) made use of an interesting maneuver he (the reader) had never seen before. After seeing the sequence below, many questions may arise, and one might be left wonderin... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 1b

    Last week we looked at a structure that featured a central space advantage for White (two center pawns vs. Black's one) and a queenside pawn majority for Black. I discussed White’s most aggressive plan (a pawn sacrifice that creates a mobile... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #40 - The Art of Beautiful Chess Talk

    Professor: Hello, class. I see we’ve doubled in size. Allow me to introduce two new classmates. Zephyr and Lucian: Two new classmates? Professor: Zephyr and Lucian, please meet Hale and Ryan. Zephyr and Lucian: Hello. Hale and Ryan:... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 2, 2014

    Bobby Fischer played 1st board for the US in four chess Olympiads, the final one being Siegen in 1970. In 1972, after beating Spassky, the first major event he skipped (and never played again!) was that summer's Olympiad in Skopje. Fischer also p... | Read More

  • Sicilian Endgames: The Exchange Down

    I will begin a series of article on various endgames arising from the Open Sicilian. The endgames share certain characteristic features - especially the trade of White's d-pawn for Black's c-pawn, giving Black two center pawns against one. Black h... | Read More

  • Blind Simul

    Paul Morphy 1870      Morphy in his time was known for, among other things, his blindfold play, a skill he developed purposefully and gradually.  Almost all chess players know of his famous blindfold simuls, particularly the 8-boards ... | Read More

  • Mamedyarov-Nakamura: Tactical considerations overpowering strategic factors.

    I find the position above in yesterday's Mamedyarov-Nakamura game very interesting. I have started writing  Everyman's Move by Move books for intermediate players (and above...hopefully) and one major component of the job is to ... | Read More

  • How to Avoid Blunders, Part 2

    Last week, I discussed a three-step method which you can (and should) apply to every move you are planning to make in a complex position to diminish the risk of blundering. As promised, today, we will actually test this method out and determine if... | Read More

  • Carlsen vs. Nakamura: the Clash of the Giants

    There are not many duels between elite chess players that generate as much interest as the games between the World Champion Magnus Carlsen and the U.S. number one Hikaru Nakamura. Indeed, everyone can find something of interest. What will prevail:... | Read More

  • Yes she did it!

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

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