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Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Mastering Squares, Part 7 As I’ve often said, when mastering a new concept it’s important to first study the concept’s basic nuts and bolts, look at all variations of that concept, and finally go over hundreds (even better is thousands) of games featuring... http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-7 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:12:08 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-7 The Top 6 Titled Tuesday Tactics Six Titled Tuesday tournaments are in the books, and the seventh is scheduled for today as the event moves to the first Tuesday of the month.  After thousands of master games, tightly packed leaderboards, and thrilling finishes, these event... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-top-6-titled-tuesday-tactics Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:10:55 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-top-6-titled-tuesday-tactics The Illegal Move That Wrecked A Chess Career The summer of 1992 was the most memorable time of my chess career. Our team just took silver medal at the 30th Chess Olympiad in Manila and I felt like I was on the top of the world. That Olympiad deserves a separate article, since I am absolutely... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-illegal-move-that-wrecked-a-chess-career Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:49:25 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-illegal-move-that-wrecked-a-chess-career The Chess Auditor © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-auditor Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:36:03 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-auditor Enlightened Chess The Introduction:      The second half of the 18th century into the early 19th century was marked with cultural changes previously equaled perhaps only by the Renaissance.  There were great and important political revolutions, such as those... http://www.chess.com/article/view/enlightened-chess Sun, 01 Mar 2015 06:37:11 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/enlightened-chess Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-mailbag-teaching-stuff Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:11:28 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-mailbag-teaching-stuff Magnus Carlsen's Best Endgame Wins Last week, we dissected Magnus Carlsen's positional mastery by examining two of his finest strategic victories. However, modern chess demands universality, and it is impossible to become world champion and attain the highest rating in history thro... http://www.chess.com/article/view/magnus-carlsens-best-endgame-wins Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:53:42 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/magnus-carlsens-best-endgame-wins How To Play The Najdorf Against The Adams Attack In Playing Against The Najdorf: The Adams Attack, we saw how an obscure small move (6.h3) was developed as an answer to another small move (5...a6 -- the Najdorf), which had, paradoxically, become the most popular opening in chess. The so-called... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-adams-attack-against-the-najdorf-part-2 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:46:54 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-adams-attack-against-the-najdorf-part-2 Exclusive Peek: Modernized: The Open Sicilian   Modernized: The Open Sicilian by IM Zhanibek Amanov & FM Kostya Kavutskiy This book is the second in the Modernized series, as last year MetroChess released Modernized: The King's Indian Defense&nbs... http://www.chess.com/article/view/exclusive-peek-modernized-the-open-sicilian-by-im-zhanibek-amanov-amp-fm-kostya-kavutskiy Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:38:32 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/exclusive-peek-modernized-the-open-sicilian-by-im-zhanibek-amanov-amp-fm-kostya-kavutskiy An Incidental Champion      Some men and women are clearly champions and reach the pinnacle of their field in an almost predictable manner. Some are champion material, but the fates have conspired against them, keeping them from reaching the very top.  Still other... http://www.chess.com/article/view/an-incidental-champion Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:17:20 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/an-incidental-champion Mastering Squares, Part 6 In our study of squares we’ve looked mainly at amateur games and how a “tiny” thing like a square is often ignored, while tactics, threats and attacks are always part of the amateur’s mind. This brings up an interesting q... http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-6 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:15:13 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-6 6 Reasons You Can't Miss Titled Tuesday Today The sixth Titled Tuesday tournament in Chess.com history is set to kick off today at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST, 7 p.m. GMT), and it will feature one of the strongest fields ever. With a prize pool that has ballooned to $2,500 (up from the normal $... http://www.chess.com/article/view/reasons-to-watch-titled-tuesday-tomorrow Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:17:35 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/reasons-to-watch-titled-tuesday-tomorrow The Touch Move Rule The touch move rule is the most basic rule of tournament chess.  Even people who don't play chess at all know that when a chess player intentionally touches one of his pieces, he must make a move with this piece (of course if such a legal mov... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-touch-move-rule Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:49:36 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-touch-move-rule Magnus Carlsen's Best Positional Wins At the recently concluded Grenke Chess Classic in Baden-Baden, Magnus Carlsen defeated German grandmaster Arkady Naiditsch in a scintillating blitz playoff for first place. It was the latest success in a dazzling career, an encore to his resoundin... http://www.chess.com/article/view/magnus-carlsens-best-positional-wins Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:47:52 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/magnus-carlsens-best-positional-wins Playing Against The Najdorf: The Adams Attack In recent years, a strange little move has become surprisingly popular in combating the famous Najdorf Defense of the Sicilian: 6.h3. Personally, I have used this move since 2000, when I finally had to admit that it was more correct than the 6.R... http://www.chess.com/article/view/6h3-against-the-najdorf---quotthe-adams-attackquot-a-history Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:48:03 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/6h3-against-the-najdorf---quotthe-adams-attackquot-a-history The Master's Bulletin, February 2015 SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes All Over Europe “I write the introduction to this Bulletin from Zurich, where the annual super tournament is under way. Befor... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-february-2015 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:50:41 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-february-2015 Mastering Squares, Part 5 We'll continue our exploration of squares by showing a couple of different ways one can milk them. Of course, a weak square or hole in the enemy camp can (and usually should) be used as a home for one's pieces. We will look at that aspect of squa... http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-5 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:04:11 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-5 The 17 Funniest Chess Pictures The Internet is full of memes and funny pictures for virtually all subjects, including chess. We've already looked at the weirdest chess sets, the best chess GIFs, and the 11 worst chessboard photos. We even found 14 chess couples who fell in ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/funniest-chess-pictures Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:55:00 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/funniest-chess-pictures The Mysterious Chess Doctor There are many famous personalities in the history of chess. People talk about them, write books about them and follow their games. But there is an even bigger number of unknown chess players who never achieved any great tournament results or disc... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-mysterious-doctor Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:40:55 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-mysterious-doctor Chess-Playing Machines      Dr. Richard Eales' great book "Chess: the History of a Game" in part traces the popularity of mostly modern chess through time.  I was chagrined, however, by its minor mention of the Turk in this regard.  Obviously I consider the explo... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-machines Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:26:46 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-machines