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 "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 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 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 NEW: Chess Informant 119 Viking Drakkar boat sails through waves upwind... It's about Chess Informant 119 Viking, largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion Magnus Carlsen. The book and the CD are just published and let me present you short intro about it. The... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-informant-119-viking Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:29:47 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-informant-119-viking Expertise in Chess Players Learning and mastery of a skill is a complicated process, especially when the endeavor involves the mind. For reasons along this line, psychologists have studied how expert chess players excel. The famous psychologist Alfred Binet once stated, "Co... http://www.chess.com/article/view/expertise-in-chess-players Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:56:15 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/expertise-in-chess-players How two Icelandic DJ's saved my life For the second time in two years I decided to visit the Reykjavik Open tournament in Iceland - not to play chess, but to watch it, and enjoy the country's hospitality and natural wonders. Last year, I didn't have enough time to see any glaciers o... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-two-icelandic-djs-saved-my-life Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:59:44 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-two-icelandic-djs-saved-my-life Q&A with Coach Heisman Mar 21, 2014 "How can I tell if a chess book is too advanced for me?" Excellent question. Often you can't! Even books' suggested reading levels (eg by rating) are often misleading, partly because the publisher wants to sell books, not exclude readers who migh... http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-mar-21-2014 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:44:25 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-mar-21-2014 The Master's Bulletin, March 2014 SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Witnessing a historic moment “For the third year in a row I was lucky enough to work at the Reykjavik Open. In the first (lon... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-march-2014 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:37:51 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-masters-bulletin-march-2014 Riding the Winds of Fashion, Part 2 In Part One of Riding The Winds Of Fashion, I talked about the Hübner Variation of the Nimzo-Indian and how, at one time, it was one of the most fashionable openings in the world. In the main example (Bruce Leverett – Silman, National O... http://www.chess.com/article/view/riding-the-winds-of-fashion-part-2 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:49:18 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/riding-the-winds-of-fashion-part-2 Queen: The Supporting Actress About a year and a half ago, I had the honor of working with GM Yasser Seirawan for two days during his visit to the Bay Area. Yasser is a four-time U.S. Champion whose storied professional career spans more than 30 years, and he also possesses th... http://www.chess.com/article/view/queen-the-supporting-actress Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:16:00 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/queen-the-supporting-actress Riding the Winds of Fashion, Part 1 When choosing an opening system, it’s important to pick something that is within your skill set, suits your style, and makes you feel excited whenever it appears on the board. You can pick an all-gambit repertoire (it might not be completely... http://www.chess.com/article/view/riding-the-winds-of-fashion Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:41:56 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/riding-the-winds-of-fashion Q&A with Coach Heisman Mar 7, 2014 "If I play for a legal trap and it doesn't work, can I still have a good game?" Sounds like you might be a lawyer (or need to consult one)!  This is also a good example of how I need to "interpret" questions on my Q&A show. Since the questi... http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-mar-7-2014 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:45:59 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/qampa-with-coach-heisman-mar-7-2014 Alexander Alekhine (Part 6): His Worst âCombinationâ â Age + Booze As we saw, Alekhine reached his ultimate prime in 1930 and 1931. For a few years after that, he was still clearly the world’s best player, but the march of time and the wrath of alcohol took more and more out of him - though everyone still v... http://www.chess.com/article/view/alexander-alekhine-part-6-his-worst-ldquocombinationrdquo-ndash-age--booze Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:43:46 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/alexander-alekhine-part-6-his-worst-ldquocombinationrdquo-ndash-age--booze Ask a Chess Openings Expert! Dear Ask-a-Chess-Openings-Expert, My husband and I were planning on taking a trip next month to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary, but my mother refuses to watch the kids ever since Timmy put her cat in the refrigerator.  Bill, my husban... http://www.chess.com/article/view/ask-a-chess-openings-expert Tue, 04 Mar 2014 07:57:24 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/ask-a-chess-openings-expert SCID + Stockfish I was interested in finding open-source chess tools for analysis, study and preparation. Last time I checked, I wasn't too excited, but this time I am happy to find about SCID. SCID is an open-source chess database that has a lot of the options a... http://www.chess.com/article/view/scid--stockfish Sat, 01 Mar 2014 21:44:15 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/scid--stockfish Alexander Alekhine (Part 5): Singing the Middle-aged Blues Before we leap into Part 5 of this 7-part series, I’m going to make one last effort to help the “Alekhine was afraid of Capablanca” people grasp a handful of reality. After you read this, feel free to misquote me (and other sourc... http://www.chess.com/article/view/alexander-alekhine-part-5-singing-the-middle-aged-blues Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:01:55 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/alexander-alekhine-part-5-singing-the-middle-aged-blues The Rock Scrapbook Scrapbook Prologue:      The U.S. Open chess tournament has been around since 1900 when it was called the Western Chess Association Championship and first won by Louis Uedemann, the creator of the Uedemann Code which was used to send chess m... http://www.chess.com/article/view/like-a-rock Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:48:49 -0800 http://www.chess.com/article/view/like-a-rock