Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.
Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Read More
Why study traps?
There are several good reasons why studying traps might be considered important. First, of course, to avoid becoming a victim of one. Second is to recognize when the opportunity of gaining a quick victory appears. B... | Read More
Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master.
A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More
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“This Bulletin focuses on the World Championship — especially the featured article and the opening articl... | Read More
How many games have been played on Chess.com?
OK, so maybe Dr. Evil asked for 100 billion, but we're getting there.
A billion is a big number. If one game started every second, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly 32 years to get to a billio... | Read More
If you were to ask a hundred grandmasters to name the most difficult chess variation about which to write an opening book, my guess is that the 6 Bg5 Najdorf would be the frontrunner. It is perhaps the most analysed line in chess history, the pi&e... | Read More
The chess world gasped when in game six of this year's world championship match, both Carlsen and Anand missed a simple tactical shot 26...Nxe5! (see #10 in the second part of this series).
Some reporters even rushed to call it "the bi... | Read More
Professor: Good afternoon, class. Are you ready for some chess?
Three quarters of the students expressed a certain readiness. One quarter didn't.
Rachel: I think all eight of us are ready, professor.
Zephyr: Eight? Are there really that many... | Read More
The double attack is a devastating tactical weapon.
A double attack can come out of nowhere, instantly winning the game in a complex position. Combinations and tactical shots are usually made possible by a certain aspect of the position -- a vul... | Read More
The Open Sicilian can be broken down into four basic systems.
In one, the Dragon, the black bishop is fianchettoed on g7.
In the Scheveningen, it is developed on e7 while Black adopts a "little center" of pawns on d6 and e6.
In a third, t... | Read More
Despite the War, the 1940s were an exciting time in American chess, especially in New York. The USCF, newly formed, still seemed vibrant and "Chess Review," Horowitz' somewhat self-serving periodical, reflected the vivacious... | Read More
These games might or might not be masterpieces; the criterion for this series is that they taught me an extremely important lesson(s) that made me well rounded and much stronger. I’m hoping that these games will teach you the same lessons, t... | Read More
This Sunday (Dec. 14), "10 fortunate Chess.com members will earn the right to challenge World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen in an online simultaneous exhibition," according to FM Mike Klein's press release.
But I wouldn't call them "fortu... | Read More
Before we continue our "hit parade" of blunders, I'd like to thank our readers (and especially FritsFritschy) for their active participation in our discussion about the historic "blunder" in the first game of the Spassky-Fischer match that we... | Read More
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How to Mate Your Opponent
"Winning Chess" by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld gave the following three quotes that inspired this presentation:
As soon as a true thought has entered our mind, it gives a light which makes us see a crowd of o... | Read More
Professor: Hello, class.
Idris: Hello, professor.
A number of people were smiling.
Rachel: So, is there a plan for today?
Wei: What kind of chess player plays without a plan?
Zephyr: I never thought of the professor as being a player.
Lucian... | Read More
Dealing with a fortress — especially when you have a significant material advantage — is an infuriating experience.
Indeed, what can be more frustrating than completely outplaying your opponent, only to find that he has con... | Read More
In the first installment of my series on the development of various opening variations, we learned about the history of the King's Gambit.
This week we will be moving on to a more modern and frequently seen opening: the Winawer French.
In th... | Read More
This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 year... | Read More
Like it or not, holiday gift-shopping season is now upon us, at least according to the ubiquitous calendar of commerce.
Instead of being trampled by unruly deal-seekers at big box retail stores, you can shop online and still get somet... | Read More
The world championship match Carlsen-Anand is over now and it brings some relief to me because I was afraid that I might have to expand this collection of blunders.
Thankfully, despite being tired, both contenders didn't commit any huge b... | Read More
Titled Player Tuesdays are Chess.com's monthly events only for those with a USCF or FIDE title. They take place on the last Tuesday of every month [Update: Starting March 3, the tournament moves to the FIRST Tuesday of each month.] and t... | Read More
Manhattan, early '60s -- a place and a time.
One of the few sources of insight into this particular chess scene comes to us through the pages of the March-April, 1964 issue of Frank Brady's marvelous, though short-lived, magazine... | Read More
Professor: For the 70th time, hello class.
A few indistinct words, some smiles.
Lucian: I can't believe I've been here 70 times.
Zephyr: For once we're in agreement.
Professor: Anyone want to talk about the class in general?
Zephyr: In gene... | Read More