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 José Raúl Capablanca's World Championship Positional Wins Last Friday, we discussed the first half of José Raúl Capablanca's chess career, tracing his meteoric rise through the lens of his finest positional wins. In 1921, after a decade of heated negotiations and parley, the final te... http://www.chess.com/article/view/joseacute-rauacutel-capablancas-greatest-positional-wins-part-2 Thu, 28 May 2015 23:37:22 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/joseacute-rauacutel-capablancas-greatest-positional-wins-part-2 Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g4!? The so-called "Li... http://www.chess.com/article/view/another-g2-g4-lunge-by-shirov Thu, 28 May 2015 03:17:15 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/another-g2-g4-lunge-by-shirov Tactics Or Positional Play? The Ladies Return! I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... http://www.chess.com/article/view/tactics-or-positional-play-the-ladies-return Tue, 26 May 2015 01:48:31 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/tactics-or-positional-play-the-ladies-return Game Of Thrones Or Chess Puzzles? IM Daniel Rensch has tried live daily puzzle sessions before, racing against the clock to complete chess tactics before the timer expires. But even Chess.com’s master tactics trainer hasn’t attempted anything like this. This Sunday... http://www.chess.com/article/view/reasons-to-watch-sundays-chess-puzzle-marathon-instead-of-game-of-thrones Mon, 25 May 2015 01:12:33 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/reasons-to-watch-sundays-chess-puzzle-marathon-instead-of-game-of-thrones Almost There © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website http://www.chess.com/article/view/almost-there Sun, 24 May 2015 08:19:23 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/almost-there Lasker's Chess Wisdom The second world champion in chess history, Emanuel Lasker, was a unique person. Besides being the champion for 27 years (this record will never be beaten for sure!), he was also a famous mathematician and philosopher.  In his prime Lasker ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-laskers-wisdom Sun, 24 May 2015 00:38:52 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-laskers-wisdom Honest Abe Honest Abe - Chess Player      Although the documentation is rather sparce and anecdotal,  Abraham Lincoln was known to have been a chess player.  Below are a few of the instances where Chess crossed path with Mr. Lincoln. "The Eve... http://www.chess.com/article/view/honest-abe Sat, 23 May 2015 16:40:12 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/honest-abe José Raúl Capablanca's Greatest Positional Wins José Maria Capablanca was a busy man. A lieutenant in the cavalry division of the Spanish army, he spent his limited free time playing chess with fellow soldiers. One day, his four-year-old-son José Raúl decided to reliev... http://www.chess.com/article/view/joseacute-rauacutel-capablancas-greatest-positional-victories Thu, 21 May 2015 20:45:48 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/joseacute-rauacutel-capablancas-greatest-positional-victories How To Play The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit The 90s were a decade of complex openings:  in particular, the King's Indian and the Semi-Slav. In 1992, a peculiar attacking idea came out of Latvia to combat the Semi-Slav, Meran Variation. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-shabalov-shirov-gambit Wed, 20 May 2015 14:10:15 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-shabalov-shirov-gambit Tactics Or Positional Play? The Ladies Teach Chess I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... http://www.chess.com/article/view/tactics-or-positional-play-the-ladies-teach-chess Tue, 19 May 2015 00:05:13 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/tactics-or-positional-play-the-ladies-teach-chess The 5 Best Computer Chess Engines Computers are the future of chess. Almost everyone agrees on that. But the statement doesn’t go far enough. By and large, computers are also the present of chess. With the question of man vs. machine long-ago settled over the chessboard,... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-computer-chess-engines Mon, 18 May 2015 01:44:37 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-computer-chess-engines Manny  Chess often forms a juncture with various disciplines such as literature, poetry, music, painting or films.  The point where they meet can be symbolic, thematic or just a hook meant to reel in the audience.  Certain artists or writers are, in... http://www.chess.com/article/view/manny Sat, 16 May 2015 11:35:05 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/manny The Chess Uppercut One of the most intellectual sports, chess, surprisingly has many similarities with one of the most barbaric sports, boxing. In both activities you are basically trying to "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Today we are going to ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-uppercut Fri, 15 May 2015 17:49:03 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-uppercut Thanks For The Memory © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website http://www.chess.com/article/view/thanks-for-the-memory Fri, 15 May 2015 13:31:41 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/thanks-for-the-memory A Guide To Underpromotion The concept of underpromotion epitomizes the beauty of chess. Mathematically speaking, the queen is far and away the most potent force on the board. Yet there are certain situations in which the lady's subordinates are more deserving of reincarnat... http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-guide-to-underpromotion Fri, 15 May 2015 09:30:14 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-guide-to-underpromotion Sac A Queen To Find A Mate! A Love Story We all have terrible ideas now and then. Typically, they stem from the crazy urge to sacrifice a piece. Even the best of the best can’t always resist. In fact, this series will pay tribute to those special moments when the game's most powerf... http://www.chess.com/article/view/sac-a-queen-to-find-a-mate-a-love-story Fri, 15 May 2015 02:16:25 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/sac-a-queen-to-find-a-mate-a-love-story 4 Tips To Bounce Back From A Tough Tournament  The only thing worse than having a bad tournament is having to play another tournament immediately after. If you’re not careful, you may allow your poor performance to affect your subsequent results. Follow the tips below to bounce ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/4-tips-to-bounce-back-from-a-tough-tournament Fri, 15 May 2015 01:23:46 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/4-tips-to-bounce-back-from-a-tough-tournament Lighting The Pirc Defense On Fire The Pirc Defense is certainly one of the most provocative openings. Black fianchettos his king bishop instead of immediately challenging in the center. White therefore has a variety of fierce attacking methods. Of these, the fiercest is the Austri... http://www.chess.com/article/view/lighting-the-pirc-defense-on-fire Thu, 14 May 2015 01:35:29 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/lighting-the-pirc-defense-on-fire Classic Combinations: The Good Old Days This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny b... http://www.chess.com/article/view/classic-combinations-part-5 Tue, 12 May 2015 00:56:16 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/classic-combinations-part-5 The 7 Best Upcoming Chess.com Events Chess fans have a lot to look forward to at Chess.com. If you like big-time chess events, you're going to love this spring.  Yesterday, a charity fundraising simul hosted by world-number-nine GM Anish Giri online on Chess.com's live serve... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-upcoming-chesscom-events Mon, 11 May 2015 01:21:09 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-upcoming-chesscom-events