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 A Potpourri of Traps Why study traps?      There are several good reasons why studying traps might be considered important. First, of course, to avoid becoming a victim of one.  Second is to recognize when the opportunity of gaining a quick victory appears.  B... http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-potpourri-of-traps Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:46:39 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-potpourri-of-traps A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend! Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master. A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-engines-are-not-your-friend Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:55:14 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-engines-are-not-your-friend Review: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5 If you were to ask a hundred grandmasters to name the most difficult chess variation about which to write an opening book, my guess is that the 6 Bg5 Najdorf would be the frontrunner. It is perhaps the most analysed line in chess history, the pi&e... http://www.chess.com/article/view/review-the-sicilian-najdorf-6-bg5 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:22:35 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/review-the-sicilian-najdorf-6-bg5 The Greenwich Village Gambit  Manhattan, early '60s --  a place and a time.       One of the few sources of insight into this particular chess scene comes to us through the pages of the March-April, 1964 issue of Frank Brady's marvelous, though short-lived, magazine... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-greenwich-village-gambit Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:36:34 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-greenwich-village-gambit The Master’s Bulletin, November 2014 SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Gelfand the Great There was one top GM who played the Baku Grand Prix, the Tashkent Grand Prix ánd the Petrosian Memorial (Novemb... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-november-2014 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:19:36 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-november-2014 Chess.com University's Prodigy Program - Final Details and Announcements This is a fully detailed article regarding Chess.com University's Prodigy Program. Please read this post in its entirety whether you have already registered for the Prodigy Program or are reading about it for the first time. Want your child to... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-universitys-prodigy-program---final-details-and-announcements Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:45:41 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-universitys-prodigy-program---final-details-and-announcements How Do I Get That 1800 Into A Fried Liver? "Is the Fried Liver Attack good to play against players rated 1800-2000?" This was one of the questions in this month's Chess.com TV show "Q&A with Coach Heisman. My answer: "Well, yes, but that's not the problem (and I get a similar question... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-do-i-get-that-1800-into-a-fried-liver Sat, 08 Nov 2014 07:45:21 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-do-i-get-that-1800-into-a-fried-liver Chess.com University's College-like Chess Courses Chess.com University's courses offer a college-like chess learning experience. Unlike in Chess.com University seminars, only 10% to 15% of instruction in courses is delivered live. Previously taught courses are available in the independent-study f... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-university Sat, 01 Nov 2014 19:02:43 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-university The Master’s Bulletin, October 2014 SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Fabiabulous Editor Peter Doggers borrowed Dejan Bojkov's term to describe Fabiano Caruana's recent successes. Doggers writes: ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-october-2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:18:30 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-october-2014 277 hours to learn to think like a Chess Master? How much time do you have for chess? What is the best way to study? These are questions I pose in my Video Lesson 001 on YouTube. I created this video right before I became active at chess.com. Since that time, I have nearly 500 public videos avai... http://www.chess.com/article/view/270-hours-to-learn-to-think-like-a-chess-master Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:07:26 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/270-hours-to-learn-to-think-like-a-chess-master Connect with Chess.com University on Social Media and Make Money! Did you know that you can use social media and make money doing it? No? That's because you couldn't until now! 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I want to inform all of you about an excellent chess tournament coming up in Dayton Ohio.With a guranteed prize pool of over 10,000 dollars the Wright Brothers Open promises to be one of the largest and most exciting chess ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/2nd-annual-wright-brothers-open Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:54:47 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/2nd-annual-wright-brothers-open The Master’s Bulletin, September 2014 SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes The chess city that never sleeps “The location of the Olympiad was a special one: Tromsø, a city north of the Arctic C... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-september-2014 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:29:45 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-september-2014 Q&A with Coach Heisman Sep 12, 2014 "When you start a game, how do you get into the mood of concentrating from move 1?" "If you are in a bad mood, how do you prevent this from negatively affecting your play?" Those are good questions, and they are not completely unrelated. It only... http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-sep-12-2014 Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:51:18 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-sep-12-2014 Official 2014 Mind Games Tournament Rules Chess.com's Mind Games Tournament Details & Schedule: Starting September 15th | Round 1 of 2014 Mind Games Begins: Round 1 of the tournament will start on September 15th Must be a member of the Mind Games group here http://www.chess.com... http://www.chess.com/article/view/official-2014-mind-games-tournament-rules Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:05:29 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/official-2014-mind-games-tournament-rules RIP Thomas Elberling This article will be extremely brief yet necessary. I just got news that Thomas Elberling, a very promising young player from New Jersey, was fatally shot by his father. 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