12114 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Can you please list your calculation shortcuts? You know, the little shortcuts that save your clock and don't require a lot of calculation. Here's two examples to get us started:(1) placing two pieces or a piece and your king on opposite colors so that a knight can't create a fork. Very useful, especially in an endgame when time can be tight.
(2) placing a bishop 2 squares away from a knight so that if the knight makes a move in the direction of the bishop, it can be captured by the bishop.
Rule of the Square for king and pawn endgames.
Learn basic positional rules and ideas, and for the endgame study basic endgames for all piece combos and different pawn distributions (such as three pawns on one wing, two vs. one pawn on a wing, three vs. two, kingside vs. queenside majority, etc.)
How about, if you place your knight on a diagonal from a target square, it will take 3 move to hit that target (in other words, you should choose a faster route).
More useful for king and knights IMO is placing it two squares away diagonally (minimum 3 moves to give a check) or three squares away orthogonally. And in both cases the king covers the two squares closest between king and knight which also helps protect an area e.g. if you're trying to queen a pawn.
now that's a useful tip.....appreciate it. what do you mean by "orthogonally"?
It means up, down, left, or right, what "diagonally" is not.
Perfect! I think I learned that one many years ago and completely forgot about it. Very useful my friend!
"Dayton Chess Masters Round 6! Hosts Expert Robert Chenault and Life Master Hans Multhopp!"
Hurt/Heal World Top 10
by onthehouse 3 minutes ago
Smith-morra: Beating The G6 Dragon
by Blinsk 3 minutes ago
Your deserted island or prison chess book?
by JerryKasporav 4 minutes ago
Best Chess.com members.
by DrSpudnik 4 minutes ago
gg or vgg?
by JerryKasporav 6 minutes ago
Is Ben Finegold as big a jerk as he seems in his videos?
by JerryKasporav 7 minutes ago
7/29/2015 - Precise Moves
by tom0127 9 minutes ago
Common Tactical Motif -- QGD and Slav
by Blinsk 12 minutes ago
100 awkward moments in a game of chess
by Brunnhilde 14 minutes ago
Bobby Fischer Lacked Creativity ?....How Dare Me !
by GreedyPawnEater 16 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!