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 Vive la Egalite! © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website http://www.chess.com/article/view/vive-la-egalite Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:37:15 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/vive-la-egalite Surprise Your Opponent! The Benko Gambit is one of the most popular openings among club players. It is indeed very appealing to grab the initiative early in the game playing Black against your opponent who likes to play positional chess. Why do I assume that your oppon... http://www.chess.com/article/view/surprise-your-opponent Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:29:12 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/surprise-your-opponent 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Tactics! Do you find yourself getting a good position only to spoil it by missing a simple tactic?  How about getting a promising attack but failing to find a forced mate or win of material?  I hope these five simple tips will help to sharpen y... http://www.chess.com/article/view/5-grandmaster-tips-to-improve-your-tactics Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:54:06 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/5-grandmaster-tips-to-improve-your-tactics Beware Of Alekhine's Gun The 1930 San Remo International was a rather one-sided affair. World Champion Alexander Alekhine stormed through the field, winning 13 games and conceding only two draws. Yet this tournament is remembered not for Alekhine's magisterial performance... http://www.chess.com/article/view/alekhines-gun2 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:48:14 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/alekhines-gun2 How To Play The Mar del Plata Dear readers: I will be continuing to cover opening variations in my column, but a slight shift will be made. Rather than looking at the historical developments of whole openings, I will be covering specific lines -- and not as much from a histori... http://www.chess.com/article/view/an-examination-of-the-mar-del-plata-with-9ne8 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:57:44 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/an-examination-of-the-mar-del-plata-with-9ne8 Classic Combinations: Historic Attacks This new series is all about attacking chess, 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 bit... http://www.chess.com/article/view/classic-combinations-part-2 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:57:19 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/classic-combinations-part-2 5 Things You Need For Real-World Chess We already know that you can take Chess.com and its mobile app to play chess anywhere, but sometimes there’s nothing like playing on a real board with real pieces. If you’re lucky, you can try your hand at giant bullet chess, but eve... http://www.chess.com/article/view/enjoy-chess-in-the-real-world Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:57:53 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/enjoy-chess-in-the-real-world Nellie 1892 "BCM"      In 1894 Nellie Love Marshall Showalter, the wife of then U.S. Chess Champion, Jackson Whipps Showalter, played Mrs. Harriet Worrell, the wife of the renowned chess player who had died in 1878, Thomas Herbert Worrall, also... http://www.chess.com/article/view/nellie Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:45:42 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/nellie Beat The Symmetry! Last week, we discussed that in good hands a symmetrical position can be a very dangerous weapon. But judging by my own experience, it is more common that chess players try to use symmetry to achieve a draw playing against stronger opponent or whe... http://www.chess.com/article/view/beat-the-symmetry Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:01:56 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/beat-the-symmetry Pawn Endgames: A Practical Guide Let us begin with a small challenge. Take a look at the following diagram: It is the starting position, stripped of all pieces except kings. If you managed to examine it without a yawn, eye roll, or grimace, you have passed the test . ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/pawn-endgames-a-practical-guide Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:52:38 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/pawn-endgames-a-practical-guide The Evans Gambit: Modern Play Last week, we looked at the origins of the exciting Evans Gambit. Today, let's find out how the opening has journeyed through history to modern day.  While in keeping with his style, Wilhelm Steinitz's torturous defensive method against t... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-evans-gambit-modern-play Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:01:32 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-evans-gambit-modern-play Classic Combinations This new series is all about attacking chess, 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 bit ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/classic-combinations-part-1 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:52:11 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/classic-combinations-part-1 5 Dumb Things Chess Players Say Last week, we had some fun discussing dumb things your non-chess friends say about the game. In chess as in life, turnabout is fair play. It's time to laugh at the silly things chess players themselves say -- and there's certainly no shortage of... http://www.chess.com/article/view/dumb-things-chess-players-say Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:48:28 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/dumb-things-chess-players-say The Deadly Chess Symmetry There is a popular misconception amongst amateur players that a symmetrical position in chess inevitably leads to a draw. We already discussed here why playing a "copycat chess" can be extremely dangerous for your own position. Yet, there is a g... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-deadly-symmetry Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:41:42 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-deadly-symmetry Lionel Kieseritzky       The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... http://www.chess.com/article/view/lionel-kieseritzky Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:44:55 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/lionel-kieseritzky Rent-A-Crown © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website http://www.chess.com/article/view/rent-a-crown Sun, 12 Apr 2015 01:15:58 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/rent-a-crown How To Play A Brilliancy Every serious chess player dreams of creating his own Mona Lisa — a game so beautiful and memorable that he will look back on it for the rest of his career.  Unfortunately, many players tend to equate the word brilliancy with fou... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-play-a-brilliancy Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:01:00 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-play-a-brilliancy The Evans Gambit: A History This week we turn our attention to one of the most swashbuckling of openings: the Evans Gambit. Unlike some other openings whose first use was surrounded by mystery and uncertainty, the origins of the Evans Gambit seem fairly clear. ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-evans-gambit-a-history Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:51:13 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-evans-gambit-a-history Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 5 What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? This series is all about dreams (okay, it's also about imbalances and patterns), and it's presented in a question-and-answer format. Some of the positions will be hard t... http://www.chess.com/article/view/dreams-the-secret-formula-for-chess-success-part-5 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:09:56 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/dreams-the-secret-formula-for-chess-success-part-5 5 Dumb Things Your Non-Chess Friends Say GM Serper recently performed an in-depth criticism of the popular chess movie “Searching For Bobby Fischer,” pointing out bad habits you could pick up if the film were your only source of chess education. Serper also mentions that th... http://www.chess.com/article/view/stupid-things-your-non-chess-friends-think-about-chess Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:51:05 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/stupid-things-your-non-chess-friends-think-about-chess