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 Mastering Squares, Part 2 In part one, I discussed a game that I feel is extremely instructive. There were opening nuances, tactics, and the usual highs and lows. But the main thing that fueled the game’s soul was the existence of two potentially weak squares on e5 a... http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-two Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:06:32 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-two Let's Get Physickal      There were a few 19th century London chess players who, although they weren't quite on par with the best, were by no means second-rate players  and made names for themselves both locally and abroad.      One such player was the pr... http://www.chess.com/article/view/lets-get-physickal Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:56:12 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/lets-get-physickal 6 Chess Moves You Have To Play Before You Die The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-moves-to-play-before-you-die Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:55:26 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-moves-to-play-before-you-die Mikhail Tal's Chess Boomerang The game we are going to analyze today is quite typical for the style of Mikhail Tal. It features sacrifices, crazy attack and a lot of fun! Also, as it happened to many Tal's sacrifices, it was proven incorrect.  Of course it took "only" a... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-boomerang Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:51:28 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-boomerang The Two-Knight Advantage Two active bishops working in tandem are a mighty force. Indeed, the bishop's long range enables it to dominate vast swaths of the board, and to simultaneously play both a defensive and an attacking role. While the power of two bishops is... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-two-knight-advantage Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:52:26 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-two-knight-advantage The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-smith-morra-gambit-a-history Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:59:54 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-smith-morra-gambit-a-history USCL 2012 Preview: West As I write this, we are just hours from the opening pawn pushes of the 8th US Chess League season. And what an exciting season it will be! One of the major innovations of the season is that the games will be shown on both ICC and Chess.com, and th... http://www.chess.com/article/view/uscl-2012-preview-west2 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:20:19 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/uscl-2012-preview-west2 USCL 2012 Preview: East USCL 2012 Preview - East If you are interested in the rubric based on which I'm evaluating these teams; or in my predictions for the Western Division, they can be found here. If you don't know what the US Chess League is, it is an exciting, profe... http://www.chess.com/article/view/uscl-2012-preview-east2 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:19:46 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/uscl-2012-preview-east2 The Immortal Game The "Immortal Game"is one of the most famous chess games ever played! Played in 1851 as an informal match between two European math professors, Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky, this gem has become a true showcase of classic 19th century che... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-immortal-game7 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:17:54 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-immortal-game7 2009 US Championship The 2009 U.S. Chess Championship is here-- in fact, as I'm finishing this preview, the second round is just getting started. First things first, the games can be followed live at noon daily at http://saintlouischessclub.org/US-Championship-2009-L... http://www.chess.com/article/view/2009-us-championship2 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:17:04 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/2009-us-championship2 Chess960: The Opening Makes a Comeback! I'm definitely a candidate for "most excited that chess.com added chess960." I remember when I first joined the team in January, Erik and Jay asked what ideas I had about the future development of chess and chess.com. I told them that in my opinio... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess960-the-opening-makes-a-comeback2 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:16:25 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess960-the-opening-makes-a-comeback2 Genius Kids Before I get into today's column, I'd like once again to thank Grandmaster Bhat for his excellent contributions to this site for over a year. His articles have been uniformly excellent, and he took the time to come up with thought-provoking questi... http://www.chess.com/article/view/genius-kids Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:15:36 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/genius-kids The World Verse There have been a few challenge matches in the past that test the solitary genius of one exceptional person against the wisdom of the masses. In these "World v. X" matches, "The World" always comes upon its move by voting: every individual who wis... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-world-verse2 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:14:43 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-world-verse2 USCL Eastern Division Playoff Preview It's playoff time, in the US Chess League!! The most exciting chess event in the US is sponsored by Pokerstars and involves four board matches between 16 teams representing a variety of American cities. For more info check here or here. My goal t... http://www.chess.com/article/view/uscl-eastern-division-playoff-preview2 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:14:06 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/uscl-eastern-division-playoff-preview2 The Author of a Variation 3 The Variation As I said at the end of last week's article, Polugaevsky devoted much of his considerable analytical energies to one particular ultra-sharp variation of the Sicilian, which now bears his name. Polugaevsky devoted his first book la... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-author-of-a-variation-32 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:13:31 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-author-of-a-variation-32 The Author of a Variation 2 An Inspiration When I read GM Becerra's article last week about a man who was an absolute inspiration to me, I just knew I had to share my own tribute to Lev Polugaevsky this week. Prior to reading GM Becerra's article, I actually did not know ju... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-author-of-a-variation-22 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:12:31 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-author-of-a-variation-22 Excitement verse Fatigue [if you missed my first piece about this tournament, it is here] As day 2 began at the Western Class Championships, the two day schedule began. Separate schedules is something which may not exist outside of the U.S.-- they allow players to play m... http://www.chess.com/article/view/excitement-verse-fatigue2 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:11:38 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/excitement-verse-fatigue2 Fatigue Wins Getting home after Saturday's games, I ate dinner and started preparing for Yankovsky. I had a general profile of him already, but I needed to play through a bunch of his games to ascertain what variations he played against my defenses to e4 (c5, ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/fatigue-wins2 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:10:57 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/fatigue-wins2 USCL Opens with Night of Tight Fights Tonight was the first night of the 2012 season of the US Chess League, and wow were these matches close! Two out of four matches were drawn: Philadelphia Inventors v. Baltimore Kingfishers Board 1- Erenburg (Phi) v. Enkhbat (Bal): with white an... http://www.chess.com/article/view/uscl-opens-with-night-of-tight-fights Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:09:55 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/uscl-opens-with-night-of-tight-fights Mastering Squares, Part 1 When I have lessons with students, we usually go over their games. Invariably, the student comes to me thinking that the errors in the game are based on blunders, missed tactics, a bad opening, or some form of positional atrocity. Of course, thes... http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-1 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:00:02 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-squares-part-1