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 How To Play Plus-Equals Mode In his excellent work The Seven Deadly Chess Sins (Gambit 2000), Scottish GM Jonathan Rowson introduces a fascinating concept that GM Jonathan Speelman terms plus-equals mode:  If properly understood, the idea of playing only... http://www.chess.com/article/view/plus-equals-mode Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:37:34 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/plus-equals-mode Alekhine's Defense: World Championship Openings Alexander Alekhine won the title from Jose Raul Capablanca in their 1927 match. The Franco-Russian master had an unusually wide opening repertoire compared to the earlier champions, and he loved to experiment with different openings. So while A... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-openings-of-world-champions-alekhines-defense Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:35:43 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-openings-of-world-champions-alekhines-defense Shadow Pictures of the Vienna Players      The Vienna Chess Tournament of 1898, one of many tournaments sponsored by Albert von Rothschild, ran from May 31 to July 25 and was played at the Vienna Chess Club.  It attracted many strong and now-famous masters. Tarrasch and Pillsb... http://www.chess.com/article/view/shodow-pictures-of-the-vienna-palyer Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:23:17 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/shodow-pictures-of-the-vienna-palyer Why Do Grandmasters Blunder? Over the years I've noticed that whenever a grandmaster hangs his face, the masses of fake names go berserk and not only berate the unfortunate player but toss sick (and completely ignorant) accusations his way: "He lost on purpose! It's a fix!" ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/why-do-grandmasters-blunder Tue, 25 Aug 2015 01:01:13 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/why-do-grandmasters-blunder Pete's Pathetic Chess: 'Never Good' Chess.com fans have marveled at my uncanny ability to play pathetic chess, and yet win all the same. That won’t be the case today. Unlike the first two games featured in this column, this next game boasts the logical and just conclusion of... http://www.chess.com/article/view/petes-pathetic-chess-never-good Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:01:38 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/petes-pathetic-chess-never-good Bishops Do Not Retreat! Some time ago, I wrote an article with a similar title where we discussed a sacrifice that happens when Black plays h7-h6 and attacks White's Ng5, but instead of moving the knight back, White plays Ng5xf7! starting an attack. Today we'll analyze... http://www.chess.com/article/view/bishops-do-not-retreat Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:50:19 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/bishops-do-not-retreat The Rubinstein Maneuver "A master cogitates carefully, perhaps a half-hour on a move. Finally, he chooses the correct square for the correct piece and places it there. A grand master is much more skillful. He hardly thinks at all; he throws the piece into the air and it ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-rubinstein-maneuver Fri, 21 Aug 2015 02:07:44 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-rubinstein-maneuver Capablanca's Nimzo-Indian: World Champion Openings Like Emanuel Lasker, his successor, Jose Raul Capablanca, was less of a theoretician and more of a keen practical player. Lasker utilized his great psychological understanding and clever trickiness, while Capablanca's skill rested in his innate un... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-openings-of-world-champions-capablanca-and-the-nimzo-indian Thu, 20 Aug 2015 03:30:49 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-openings-of-world-champions-capablanca-and-the-nimzo-indian The Killer Instinct      There are many definitions for the concept, "killer instinct."  One of the better ones I found, from Dictionary.com, tell us it's "an aggressive and ruthless determination to win or attain a goal."       Maybe it was an eventual p... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-killer-instinct Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:29:56 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-killer-instinct Chess Tactics And The Hookah A Superior Tactician Chess.com member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-agenda-tactics-and-the-brotherhood-of-the-hookah Tue, 18 Aug 2015 03:37:27 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-agenda-tactics-and-the-brotherhood-of-the-hookah What is Hikaru Nakamura's Favorite Food? Chess.com recently sent an e-mail survey to its titled players to find out their preferences on a wide variety of subjects, including blitz chess, music, television, schedules, food, and drinks. Some 71 chess masters filled out th... http://www.chess.com/article/view/what-is-hikaru-nakamura-s-favorite-food Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:57:29 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/what-is-hikaru-nakamura-s-favorite-food The NeverEnding Chess Story © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-neverending-chess-story Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:21:42 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-neverending-chess-story How To Save Chess In 1920s, the world chess champion Jose Raul Capablanca was at the height of his career. He was so much better than anyone else that he was called "the chess machine" due to the merciless precision of his play. So when Capablanca ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-save-chess Sat, 15 Aug 2015 03:25:20 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-save-chess The Modern Immortal By Wei Yi On March 1, 2013, at the age of 13 years and 8 months, Chinese super-talent Wei Yi earned his final grandmaster norm at the Reykjavik Open. I was deeply impressed by his games from the event, especially by his 33-move victory against Maxime Vachie... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-modern-immortal Fri, 14 Aug 2015 03:08:37 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-modern-immortal Lasker's Queen's Gambit Declined The second world champion, Emanuel Lasker, is a difficult one to include in this series, but it must be done. There is hardly any opening to which he is closely attached. He played a wide variety of solid, "common-sense" openings, w... http://www.chess.com/article/view/lasker-s-queen-s-gambit-declined Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:07:48 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/lasker-s-queen-s-gambit-declined Buckle If Buckle had entered the Tournament list [in 1851], and been pitted against Staunton, I think he would have proved victor, as the fine edge of Staunton's play was then taken off, a fact amply demonstrated in his matches with Anderssen and Willia... http://www.chess.com/article/view/buckle Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:39:16 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/buckle How To Learn An Opening And More Chess.com member Mahilewetsll asked: "Hello. I'm almost 17 years old. What can I reach in chess? How long will I need to do it?" Dear Mr. Mahilewetsll, I get this kind of question a lot (from people 10 to 60). Think about this in a logical manner... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-learn-an-opening-and-more Tue, 11 Aug 2015 02:40:20 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-learn-an-opening-and-more 10 Tips To Stream Your Chess Games Streaming competitive gaming has exploded in popularity the past few years, and many of the biggest chess celebrities on the Internet are not super-GMs but super streamers. Chess.com is hosting a $3,000-prize pool streamers tournament on Se... http://www.chess.com/article/view/tips-to-stream-your-chess-games Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:23:01 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/tips-to-stream-your-chess-games The Best Kasparov Combinations You've Never Seen Garry Kasparov is definitely one of the best players in the history of chess. His games have been analyzed over and over in hundreds of books and thousands of articles and videos. Then how can I be so sure that you somehow missed some of his bri... http://www.chess.com/article/view/kasparovs-combination-you-never-saw Fri, 07 Aug 2015 22:09:39 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/kasparovs-combination-you-never-saw Opening Or Endgame? You Decide In studying chess, which of the two phases should students focus on most? Or should they concentrate on another aspect of chess altogether? It reminds us of other eternal questions, like what is the meaning of life, why is there something rather... http://www.chess.com/article/view/opening-or-endgame Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:36:27 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/opening-or-endgame