Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. 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 The Secrets Of The Berlin Endgame "Every time the Berlin endgame shows up on the board," GM Vladimir Kramnik remarked a few weeks ago, "everyone starts to cry quietly, [because] such positions are boring. However, games are often full of exciting play, although there are... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-berlin-endgame Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:00:29 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-berlin-endgame Pandolfini's Puzzler #74: The Last Class Professor: Hello, class. They all greeted the professor as if saying goodbye. Professor: Don't look so glum. Rachel: Isn't this the last class? Zephyr: All good things come to an end. Lucian: Do they have to? Wei: Yes, but each ending ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-74-the-last-lecture Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:59:54 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-74-the-last-lecture The Modern Defense: A History Like the Kan/Paulsen, the so-called "Modern Defense" is an opening with many names. When I first met it, as a beginning chess player, I knew it as the "Robatsch Defense." It has also been called the Ufimtsev Defense, the Kotov Defense, the Pi... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-modern-defense-a-history Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:43:23 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-modern-defense-a-history Serendipity Leads to Fischer and Beyond       I had stumbled across the archived "New York Times" obituary notice for Edmar Mednis (February 22, 2002, by Dylan Loeb McClain).  The obit, of course, reviews his life, but pivots on the point that, although Mednis (pictured left in 19... http://www.chess.com/article/view/serendipity-leads-to-fischer-and-beyond Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:10:48 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/serendipity-leads-to-fischer-and-beyond Reaping The Whirlwind! When I was still playing in tournaments I answered 1.e4 with various Sicilian lines (Richter-Rauzer, Accelerated Dragon, Paulsen and Taimanov systems, etc.) and the Caro-Kann. I always loved the Caro-Kann, and at the end of my career it became m... http://www.chess.com/article/view/reaping-the-whirlwind Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:57:08 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/reaping-the-whirlwind Can You Solve Our 2014 Holiday Puzzler? Your favorite holiday chess tradition is back!  Chess.com is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler quiz for 2014. UPDATE:  The 2014 Holiday Puzzler has ended. Thanks to all who played and commented.  O... http://www.chess.com/article/view/holiday-puzzler Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:50:41 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/holiday-puzzler The Amazing Chess Illusion Most people are fascinated by optical illusions. Indeed it is a very strange feeling that what you see with your own eyes is not exactly what it is. This reminds me of the punchline to the old joke that I already mentioned in this article: "who ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-amazing-chess-illusion Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:53:15 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-amazing-chess-illusion Black Tie Breaker © 2014, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website http://www.chess.com/article/view/black-tie-breaker Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:18:30 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/black-tie-breaker Overprotection, Decoded The concept of overprotection, invented and verbalized by Nimzowitsch in My System, is defined by IM Jeremy Silman as "a strategically important pawn or square that is given more protection than it seemingly needs. Essentially a prophylactic ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/overprotection-decoded Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:56:49 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/overprotection-decoded Pandolfini's Puzzler #73: Three vs. Two Professor: It's good to see you, class.  The kids didn't say much. A few of them even looked sad.  Professor: Why so pale and wan, if I may ask? Rachel: Well, the semester's coming to an end.  Professor: That's true. But you've all learned... http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-73-three-vs-two Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:05:09 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-73-three-vs-two The Paulsen Sicilian: A History, Part 2 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... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-paulsen-sicilian-a-history-part-2 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:53:24 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-paulsen-sicilian-a-history-part-2 A Potpourri of Traps 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... http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-potpourri-of-traps Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:46:39 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-potpourri-of-traps A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend! 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... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-engines-are-not-your-friend Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:55:14 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-engines-are-not-your-friend The Masterâs Bulletin, December 2014 SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Carlsen-Anand “This Bulletin focuses on the World Championship — especially the featured article and the opening articl... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-december-2014 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:06:50 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-december-2014 Chess.com: 1 Billion Games Served 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... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-1-billion-games-served Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:54:43 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-1-billion-games-served The Four Most Amazing World Championship Blunders 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... http://www.chess.com/article/view/14-amazing-world-championship-blunders-part-4 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:16:36 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/14-amazing-world-championship-blunders-part-4 Review: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5 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... http://www.chess.com/article/view/review-the-sicilian-najdorf-6-bg5 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:22:35 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/review-the-sicilian-najdorf-6-bg5 The Double Attack 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... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-double-attack Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:35:08 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-double-attack Eight Is Enough 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... http://www.chess.com/article/view/eight-is-enough Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:15:32 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/eight-is-enough Pfc. Seidman           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... http://www.chess.com/article/view/seidman Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:17:11 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/seidman