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    • Black's early queen swap against the Bronstein Gambit

      I never consulted a book about the 1. d4 Nf6 2. g4 gambit. Its ideas are easy to see — get the center early, and the g-file late — so when an FM opponent played 5...e5 in an early trial, I sorta freaked. "Uh oh," I thought, "if a strong player... | Read More

    • Starting Out

      I'm not sure if anyone will ever read this, but I figure it's high time I put some of my writing ability to work and start chronically my journey through chess.   A little about me first though.  I learned how to play chess at the most basic st... | Read More

      • sarkhon
      • | Jun 30, 2015
    • Chess Engines: A personal look (part 1)

      So guys, It's been ages since I've written some chess related content and I've kind of missed it.  In all my busyness and travel (I'm now living in China again) I've missed putting my chess thoughts, ideas and experiences down in writing as we... | Read More

    • Daily Chess (i.e. Correspondence)

      Applied Study Correspondence ChessResearch is a central pleasure of correspondence chess. Using opening books, databases, and both print and electronic versions of Chess Informant elevates my play in the short run and expands my over the boar... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jun 16, 2015
    • Chess, Cheating, and Callousness

      The European Women’s Chess Championship recently concluded in the Georgian (Slavic) city of Chakvi. Ukrainian Grandmaster Natalia Zukhova emerged victorious, but that victory was overshadowed by questions and accusations of cheating directed ... | Read More

    • How to Find a True Friend

      in the name of God True friendship is one of the deepest relationships you can have with another person. A true friend is there for you through thick and thin - they'll laugh with you, they'll cry with you, they'll bail you out of jail if neces... | Read More

      • mmmmmmmkh
      • | Jun 8, 2015
    • My problem when using chess mentor. please give me a guidance...

      Hi? My rating in chess mentor is far ahead than my other ratings. So I was wondering if I am using the chess mentor the way it should be used by chess players at all. When my rating was around 1600, I used the 'correct square' button a lot if I c... | Read More

    • Titled Tuesday "cheating": cheaters or victims?

      By now, many users have heard of the recent incident involving two alleged cheaters during the previous Titled Tuesday event. In a departure from usual practice, chess.com elected to publish the usernames of the alleged cheaters, ostensibly to e... | Read More

    • Cheating Scandal on Titled Tuesday

      This is my comment to Danny's recent blog post 'Cheating on Chess.com'. Hi, Danny. I just want to let you know my opinion. I think it would be fair to evaluate the ELO performances of both players in a suspected cheated game, because the loser m... | Read More

    • IMPORTANT -Tilicheev_Viacheslav's response

      As many of you know already FM Tilicheev_Viacheslav's account has been closed by chess.com for cheating.  He denies this charge and this is his response to Danny.  Both myself and FM Tilicheev_Viacheslav believe that this response should be made... | Read More

      • jscontom1
      • | Jun 2, 2015
    • Cheating On Chess.com

      On June 2, 2015 we disqualified two titled members from our Titled Tuesday tournament after we determined that they had violated our rules by using outside assistance (computer engines).     Update 2015-06-03: ... | Read More

    • Sandu Affair - Imaginings - Updated

      Concerning Cheating Controversy at European Women's Championship (Updated) Overheard prior to the posting of the second letter:  - This is our plan. Everybody, sign. - We won't let her get away with this anymore. - If w... | Read More

      • zealandzen
      • | Jun 1, 2015
    • TY, Unc! Coming Up Short - Uncle Yermo is Back on ChessTV with Analysis of American Contine

      TODAY! Chess is happening on ChessTV. Have you seen the ChessTV schedule lately? Be careful that your head doesn't spin right off. GM Alex Yermolinsky is back from the 10th American Continental Tournament in Montevideo, Uruguay. Old School with... | Read More

      • zealandzen
      • | May 31, 2015
    • How to prove you're not a cheater

      The recent ‘cheating’ scandal at the European women’s chess championship is incredibly sad. This story stands apart from the recent ‘Georgian GM’ and Indian ‘phone legs’ incidents in that the accused, Mihaela Sandu  is almost certa... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | May 31, 2015
    • Cheaters in Live Chess

      Cheaters in Live Chess. As I have played lots of Blitz games on chess.com, I have noticed that some users were playing immaculately and unaturally. I have reported players through the " report abuse " link and I generally have found out that they... | Read More

    • How not to deal with suspicion of cheating

      “Chess has seen many cheating incidents in recent years, and as a result it's almost impossible for a player to score much better than his rating without being suspected of cheating.” I wrote this in my report on the “c... | Read More

    • He's a few pecans short of a fruitcake

      I got this message and was blocked from responding, so I am posting my response on my blog: ----------------------------------------------------------------------Original Message by fiercey13 on 5/27/15, 8:35 PM:Cheating is lame... I try to pla... | Read More

      • chessica69
      • | May 27, 2015
    • My OTB chess cheating

      Back in the days when I was a member of a chess club, I once cheated in an OTB game. My opponent was very lower rated. The cheat happened in this position Of course I calculated the easy winning continuation in my head .o0( 1... Bx... | Read More

      • pHUMpK1Ns
      • | May 21, 2015
    • Shame on Cheaters!

      Digital morons killed chess. Not only creativity, intuition and other non-tangibles are the first victims, the use of technology is opening up all possibilities for cheating, so chess is ruined on its tournament, competitive side as well. Nimzo... | Read More

    • That was fun! Alex Yermolinsky Shared His Findings on Gaioz Nigalidze Scandal at Dubai Open

      Here's the show! http://www.twitch.tv/chess/v/4938743 GM Alex Yermolinsky on GM Gaioz Nigalidze: "Did he cheat? I'm very excited to share my findings."   The news about Grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze got the chess world talking last month... | Read More

      • zealandzen
      • | May 11, 2015