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 10 Chess Players Who Have Saved The World From Gigantic Meteorites Hello chess.com readers!  I'm absolutely thrilled to share with you some groundbreaking research on the little understood link between world chess champions and intergalactic debris avoidance.  You see, ever since there have been chessplayers t... http://www.chess.com/article/view/10-chess-players-who-have-saved-the-world-from-gigantic-meteorites Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:45:27 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/10-chess-players-who-have-saved-the-world-from-gigantic-meteorites Parting With the Lady: Hanken's Ghost Today we’ll enjoy a lighthearted (with a tad of “morbid” tossed in) look at the time-honored queen sacrifice. I’m calling it “Parting With the Lady” in honor of the late Jerry Hanken, who wrote a number of excel... http://www.chess.com/article/view/parting-with-the-lady Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:53:56 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/parting-with-the-lady First Saturday Budapest GM tmt 6th-16th Sept We have GM-IM-ELO rated round robin chess tournaments in Budapest, who is interested to get more info about them?  www.firstsaturday.hu http://www.chess.com/article/view/first-saturday-budapest-gm-tmt-6th-16th-sept Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:49:39 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/first-saturday-budapest-gm-tmt-6th-16th-sept Chess.com University's Online Youth and Novice Chess Camp After organizing the world's first online chess camp, which was aimed at intermediate and advanced adult tournament players, Chess.com University is back with another online chess camp, this time for youth and novice chess players!   Chess.com ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-universitys-online-youth-and-novice-chess-camp Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:11:53 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-universitys-online-youth-and-novice-chess-camp 6 Things You Should Always Do in Blitz Playing live online chess can be great fun, but sometimes you just want to play another person over the board. As we all know, playing over-the-board chess has its own set of rules and guidelines that must be followed in tournament play. Breac... http://www.chess.com/article/view/6-things-you-should-always-do-in-live-blitz Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:57:52 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/6-things-you-should-always-do-in-live-blitz Sam Shankland at the Chess Informant Rapid&Blitz in Belgrade American GM Sam Shankland has been welcomed in Serbia as a new world chess star on a horizon, following his exceptional result from recent Tromso Olympiad - 7.0/7 at the beginning and best percentage on the event overall 9.0/10.  Shankland cam... http://www.chess.com/article/view/sam-shankland-at-the-tournament-in-belgrade Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:45:55 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/sam-shankland-at-the-tournament-in-belgrade Hikaru Nakamura: Rise of the Machines, the Conclusion In the first part of this article, we left our Chess Terminator playing countless blitz and bullet games during the last free day of the championship. In the following seventh round, Nakamura had a very tough opponent. By the way, this is a good... http://www.chess.com/article/view/hikaru-nakamura-rise-of-the-machines-part-two Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:26:41 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/hikaru-nakamura-rise-of-the-machines-part-two America's First Women's Championship Match      American women had been playing chess long before establishment of the USCF in the late 1930s.  In fact, as early as the mid 1890s, an officially conducted match was played between two highly considered lady chess players to determine t... http://www.chess.com/article/view/americas-first-womens-championship-match Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:42:06 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/americas-first-womens-championship-match Q&A with Coach Heisman Aug 22, 2014 When Fabiano Caruano was about 12, he and his father Lou, whom I knew casually, approached the TD booth to ask for a bye in one of the Continental Chess Association's big Philadelphia-based open events. I was the fill-in TD and, although I knew h... http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-aug-22-2014 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:45:14 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-aug-22-2014 5 Quick Ways to Write Better on Chess.com 1. Paragraphs Do make paragraphs clear, focused, readable, and short. Every paragraph should have its own identifiable point. If you can’t explain (to yourself) the point of a paragraph, it needs to be rewritten. Do start a ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/5-quick-ways-to-write-better-on-chesscom2 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:47:44 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/5-quick-ways-to-write-better-on-chesscom2 The Greatest Chess Upsets, Part 1 The Chess Olympiad is one of my favorite events. In the words of the Romanian GM Mihail Marin, "the champions themselves do not mind rubbing shoulders with mere mortals, even though this may look risky for their ratings." Most lopsided matchups,... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-greatest-chess-upsets-part-1 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:52:34 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-greatest-chess-upsets-part-1 Pandolfini's Puzzler #56: Outflanking and Outranking Professor: Welcome, everyone. In its typical blasé manner, the class offered a communal smile back.  Professor: How unusual for this class, Thomas. You have your hand up. What is it? Thomas: I saw a position in Washington Square ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-56-outflanking-and-outranking Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:55:55 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-56-outflanking-and-outranking Q&A with Sam Shankland in Belgrade It was a live chat over Facebook at the Chess Informant's community page. These days, GM Sam Shankland, Tromso Olympiad star, is in Belgrade, Serbia, and tomorrow he would play promotional rapid tournament with all the members of the Serbian Olymp... http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-sam-shankland-in-belgrade Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:16:51 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-sam-shankland-in-belgrade Clash of Champions: Smyslov vs. Botvinnik After Alekhine's death and the subsequent 1948 world championship tournament (covered in my article last week), the chess world began the three-year world championship cycle, which would continue in relatively orderly fashion until Kasparov and Sh... http://www.chess.com/article/view/clash-of-champions-smyslov-vs-botvinnik Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:56:24 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/clash-of-champions-smyslov-vs-botvinnik Live chat with Sam Shankland Right now - live chat with Sam Shankland on Facebook!!! www.facebook.com/ChessInformant The USA Golden Boy from the Tromso Olympiad, GM Sam Shankland, has come to Belgrade as a guest of Chess Informant. Playing as a reserve player for the US te... http://www.chess.com/article/view/live-chat-with-sam-shankland Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:15:25 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/live-chat-with-sam-shankland Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2 In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends concerning the length of time they prepared/analyzed/pondered ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/monster-opening-preparation-pt-2 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:57:46 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/monster-opening-preparation-pt-2 The Masterâs Bulletin, August 2014 SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Dubai Heights “In July I was on holidays for most of the month, and so I missed a lot of chess, for instance the annual tourn... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-august-2014 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:25:04 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-august-2014 How to win a lot of games exploiting a serious common opening mistake I can speak easier than I can explain, so I made a short video. In essence, the common opening mistake being made in amateur chess is pushing rook pawns (a and h files) up one square to keep Bishops and Knights from giving pins or threatening fork... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-win-a-lot-of-games-exploiting-a-serious-common-opening-mistake Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:18:27 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-win-a-lot-of-games-exploiting-a-serious-common-opening-mistake How Bobby Fischer Saved Game of Thrones You might know that Bobby Fischer was responsible for creating unprecedented excitement in the United States chess community when he defeated Boris Spassky to win the 1972 world championship over the Soviet Union. Fischer's victory inspired mill... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-bobby-fischer-saved-game-of-thrones Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:01:19 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-bobby-fischer-saved-game-of-thrones Review: My Junior Years in 20 Games One of the first chess books I bought myself was a red little volume in German called Garrik Kasparow - Idol der Jugend by T.Lais. Published in 1983 - when Kasparov was just 20 years old - it contained 60 lightly annotated games played by the late... http://www.chess.com/article/view/review-my-junior-years-in-20-games Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:18:35 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/review-my-junior-years-in-20-games