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 Readersâ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 3 Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment, alluding to my article, You Have It He Doesn’t! Part 1, which was all about... http://www.chess.com/article/view/readersrsquo-games-questions-and-comments-part-3 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:02:28 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/readersrsquo-games-questions-and-comments-part-3 The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Four In parts one, two, and three of this article, I described the unusual concept of "doing nothing." In this article we'll discuss when it is appropriate to use this idea. Once upon a time, I showed my game vs. Nakamura as an example of "doing noth... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-doing-nothing-part-four Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:33:05 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-doing-nothing-part-four Great Start! © 2014, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website http://www.chess.com/article/view/great-start Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:03:02 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/great-start "Final Answer": Determining When To Make Your Move On the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" the contestant lets it be known that he wants to stick with his answer by stating "Final answer!" Similarly, an over-the-board chess player commits when he intentionally touches a piece (have to move... http://www.chess.com/article/view/quotfinal-answerquot-determining-when-to-make-your-move Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:05:50 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/quotfinal-answerquot-determining-when-to-make-your-move The Art of Setting Traps Most tournament players scoff at the notion of Coffeehouse Chess. Even so, some of the most famous brilliancies in chess history were produced under dubious, non-tournament circumstances: The Immortal Game (Anderssen-Kieseritzky) was played at the... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-setting-traps Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:28:37 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-setting-traps A Week in Chicago, Part 2 In last week's article, A Week in Chicago, Part 1, we saw a very strange and interesting game I played against the young FM Eric Rosen in a Chicago international tournament. Now let's look at what happened later in the tournament. As I said befo... http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-week-in-chicago-part-2 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:10:57 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-week-in-chicago-part-2 Best of Three Sets: Tennis Players Ju and Esserman in Death Match In the 1990s, when Pete Sampras dominated Wimbledon, he would sometimes win entire matches without a rally longer than a few hits. Expect the same this Saturday, as two energetic blitz specialists (and talented tennis players) lace up for Death Ma... http://www.chess.com/article/view/best-of-three-sets-tennis-players-ju-and-esserman-in-death-match Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:20:35 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/best-of-three-sets-tennis-players-ju-and-esserman-in-death-match You Have It, He Doesn’t! Part 1 Quite a few amateurs become a bit confused when game annotations talk about the enormous importance of the dark squares in one position or another. Yes, everyone knows what the dark squares are, but in most cases, one is left wondering why they ar... http://www.chess.com/article/view/you-have-it-he-doesnrsquot-part-1 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:09:39 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/you-have-it-he-doesnrsquot-part-1 Pandolfini's Puzzler #37 - Which Piece Are You? Professor: Good afternoon, class. Just seeing your smiling faces makes my day. Zephyr: It makes your day? That sounds like a quote from an old Dirty Harry movie. Lucian: Why? Does Clint Eastwood play chess in those movies? Professor: I d... http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-37---which-piece-are-you Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:13:51 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-37---which-piece-are-you The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Three In part two of this article, I described how I came up with a weird looking, but nevertheless efficient, plan of treating an unpleasant middlegame in my game vs. Hikaru Nakamura. For in-depth analyzation of the study-like endgame in this encounter... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-doing-nothing-part-three Sun, 06 Apr 2014 12:58:01 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-doing-nothing-part-three Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 4, 2014 "What's the going rate for selling 100 rating points?" Let's start with "It's illegal and I wouldn't do it, and neither should you or anyone else!" Now that we got that out of the way, I can then state "Interesting question! I've never had that ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-apr-4-2014 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 08:20:23 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-apr-4-2014 How Chess.com can become the internet leader for slow time control games Let's summarize: 1) Every titled player in the world earned the honor by playing games averaging over 5 hours in length. 2) Playing long games on the internet is great practice for real in-person events. 3) Online chess servers do run automated... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-chesscom-can-become-the-internet-leader-for-slow-time-control-games Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:49:17 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-chesscom-can-become-the-internet-leader-for-slow-time-control-games Punishing Unsound Openings Unsurprisingly, one of my favorite movies of all time is Searching for Bobby Fischer (I know - the things you find out about me!). Hollywood-style dramatizations of chess games aside, the film is extremely well-made, featuring a thoughtful ex... http://www.chess.com/article/view/punishing-unsound-openings Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:04:52 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/punishing-unsound-openings A Week in Chicago, Part 1 I recently participated in an IM norm tournament in Chicago. This was an unusual kind of tournament for me - and you might find it strange that a tournament for international master norms would have grandmasters. Most of the tournaments in which I... http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-week-in-chicago-part-1 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:39:11 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-week-in-chicago-part-1 Major Rule Changes by FIDE At the recent FIDE Congress, delegates from the 103 countries represented made some rule changes that had been debated for the past few years. Here are the highlights- 1. Changes for title requriements: a. By a margin of 100-4, it was voted for ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/major-rule-changes-by-fide Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:38:43 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/major-rule-changes-by-fide Alexander Alekhine (Part 7): The Dark Years In Part Six of this seven-part series, we saw Alekhine lose the World Championship to Max Euwe in 1935, only to win it back in 1937.  After shocking the world (and Euwe, who was sure he would finish Alekhine off once and for all) with that ep... http://www.chess.com/article/view/alexander-alekhine-part-7-the-dark-years Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:34:12 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/alexander-alekhine-part-7-the-dark-years Pandolfini's Puzzler #36 - April Fool's Day: Queen vs. Pawn Professor: Hello, Class. Happy April Fool's Day! Lucian: Professor, April Fool's Day has come and gone. It was three days ago. Zephyr: I prefer to think of April 1 as being Rachmaninoff's birthday. Lucian: I don't know if I'd play ches... http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-36---april-fools-day-queen-vs-pawn Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:02:46 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/pandolfinis-puzzler-36---april-fools-day-queen-vs-pawn How to Prepare My Openings? (The Fictional History of the Chelyabinsk) Many students ask me "how can I prepare my repertoire?" The secret is simple: such, in fact, that I can illustrate it humorously. Take the following scenario:  In the source game Zhigaly Kononenko - Markus Wersten, Zhigaly got hyper and lost. ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-prepare-my-openings-the-fictional-history-of-the-chelyabinsk Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:51:34 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-prepare-my-openings-the-fictional-history-of-the-chelyabinsk The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Two In last week's article, we started an analysis of a bizarre game I played ten years ago in the U.S. Championship. The key moment happened around move 15 when, quoting the ChessBase article, Serper "started moving his bishop back and forth between ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-doing-nothing-part-two Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:53:58 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-doing-nothing-part-two Paul Morphy's Chess Strength Paul Morphy, Spring Hill College, 1854      This is a highly unusual article for me.  I have no love for chess engines.  Additionally, I have severe reservations about trying to compare modern players with 19th cenutry players.  It h... http://www.chess.com/article/view/paul-morphys-chess-strength Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:57:43 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/paul-morphys-chess-strength