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 Tips to Improve Your Calculation Many of my friends who lost control in their calculation, once said: "I can't calculate for next eight moves forward, all i can do is only five moves forward" So, in this short article i will give some tips to improve your calculation technique. ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/tips-to-improve-your-calculation Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:55:32 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/tips-to-improve-your-calculation Mamedyarov-Nakamura: Tactical considerations overpowering strategic factors. I find the position above in yesterday's Mamedyarov-Nakamura game very interesting. I have started writing  Everyman's Move by Move books for intermediate players (and above...hopefully) and one major component of the job is to ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/mamedyrov-nakamura-tactical-considerations-overpowering-strategic-factors Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:33:23 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/mamedyrov-nakamura-tactical-considerations-overpowering-strategic-factors 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 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 Coiled Spring Openings like the Réti and Reversed King's Indian became popular in the 1920s when the hyper-modern players like Réti, Nimzowitch, Breyer, and Grünfeld came into the limelight. They introduced a revelation: central control need ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/coiled-spring Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:56:46 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/coiled-spring The Pearl of Gibraltar Recently I was fortunate enough to watch the live transmission and analyze one fantastic game from the Gibraltar Masters beetween my countryman Alexandr Fier and Top GM Michael Adams. I analyzed the game trying to guess the moves (by the way, this... http://www.chess.com/article/view/two-fantastic-games Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:30:06 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/two-fantastic-games Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, The End Today's article is the last in series of positional methods from Magnus Carlsen's games. Being aware of the World Champion's style it is no surprise that the topic of piece exchanges wraps up this theme. Carlsen is extremely good in this area - he... http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-the-end Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:43:23 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-the-end Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 6 One of the first principles that an early, intermediate-level chess player learns is that rooks on the seventh rank are powerful. In Russian we call the seventh (or second) rank “obzhornyi” (обжоÑнÑй ), roughly translating... http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-52 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:33:42 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-52 Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 5 When talking about the topic of positional play we cannot omit the theme of Exchange sacrifice. This positional idea was especially popular with World Champion Tigran Petrosian. In modern practice I've seen many Exchange sacrifices in Kramnik... http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-5 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:41:44 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-5 Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 4 Today's article is inspired by a trend in media posts - calling Carlsen's play in the World Championship match “nettlesome” - his opponents tend to make more mistakes when playing him compared to their play vs. the other opponents... http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-4 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:48:11 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-4 Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 3 Today's article is a continuation of my series on positional play from the current World Champion's practice. Carlsen is a brilliant chess player and uses diverse positional weapons to win his games. In the first installment we saw his master... http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-3 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 09:50:15 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-3 Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 2 Carlsen's ability to improve pieces is exceptional. In last week's article we explored some of the diagonal piece maneuvers from the new world champion's practice. Either a queen or a bishop moved to a more active position, so that another piece c... http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-2 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:50:28 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-2 Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 1 This article introduces new series of articles dedicated to the magnificent play of our current world champion - Magnus Carlsen. A series of five or more articles will span different positional and tactical ideas that Carlsen effectively uses in h... http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-1 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:52:41 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/positional-methods-from-carlsens-play-part-1 Heritage in Modern Play, End We will wrap-up this series about heritage in modern play by looking at one more position with a typical pawn structure. This position can arise from many different Queen's Gambit openings after massive pawn exchanges in the center where both side... http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-end Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:24:39 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-end Heritage in Modern Play, Part 8 Last week we studied how to fight against hanging pawns. Particularly, we looked at games where White, playing against hanging pawns, tries to first undermine them with e4- or/and b4-breaks and then attack or blockade these hanging pawns. Thi... http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-part-8 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:00:15 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-part-8 Heritage in Modern Play, Part 7 The topic of how to play against hanging pawns have been examined  in numerous books. There are plenty of classical examples from the past showing the effective methods of exploiting the weaknesses of the hanging pawns. These pawns are weak b... http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-part-52 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:35:27 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-part-52 Heritage in Modern Play, Part 6 In chess, like in life, there are common beliefs that are not necessarily true or based on solid evidence but nevertheless survive the passage of time and continue to be widely accepted as true. Growing up in a "chess country" like Ukraine, I hear... http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-part-5 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:08:44 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-part-5 The Michigan Fall International, Part 2 I left you last week in Dearborn, Michigan, where I was playing in the Third Fall Festival, a strong international tournament. After five rounds I had 3.5 points, having faced three grandmasters. I had won in the second round as Black against the ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-michigan-fall-international-part-2 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:12:05 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-michigan-fall-international-part-2 Heritage in Modern Play, Part 5 World Champion Tigran Petrosian is well known for his positional exchange sacrifices. A less known strategic idea that appeared in several of his games is the bishop exchange for the c3 knight in the King's Indian Defense (KID). In the KID, the da... http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-part-42 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:28:18 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-part-42 The Michigan Fall International, Part 1 For the past few years, since the fall of 2011, I had a really bad period in chess. I was really having trouble concentrating, not enjoying playing chess, and making many blunders. My nerves were shot and I couldn't calculate variations. In a shor... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-michigan-fall-international-part-1 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:59:39 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-michigan-fall-international-part-1