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 Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game Chess.com member Nietsoj wrote: "I read your recent post where you answered a question about aiming for a 2000 rating. Just as so many other amateur players, I have the same goal, and I am wondering what a realistic training program would look li... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-improve-your-game Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:15:31 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-improve-your-game Saving Chess With The a-Pawn The first part of this article has brought a great response and many reader suggestions. But I have a confession to make. It was a totally tongue-in-cheek article and I am surprised that the majority of our readers took it for face ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-save-chess-part-two Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:47:35 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-save-chess-part-two Why Do Grandmasters Blunder? Over the years I've noticed that whenever a grandmaster hangs his face, the masses of fake names go berserk and not only berate the unfortunate player but toss sick (and completely ignorant) accusations his way: "He lost on purpose! It's a fix!" ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/why-do-grandmasters-blunder Tue, 25 Aug 2015 01:01:13 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/why-do-grandmasters-blunder The Killer Instinct      There are many definitions for the concept, "killer instinct."  One of the better ones I found, from Dictionary.com, tell us it's "an aggressive and ruthless determination to win or attain a goal."       Maybe it was an eventual p... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-killer-instinct Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:29:56 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-killer-instinct Chess Tactics And The Hookah A Superior Tactician Chess.com member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-agenda-tactics-and-the-brotherhood-of-the-hookah Tue, 18 Aug 2015 03:37:27 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-chess-agenda-tactics-and-the-brotherhood-of-the-hookah How To Save Chess In 1920s, the world chess champion Jose Raul Capablanca was at the height of his career. He was so much better than anyone else that he was called "the chess machine" due to the merciless precision of his play. So when Capablanca predicted ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-save-chess Sat, 15 Aug 2015 03:25:20 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-save-chess How To Learn An Opening And More Chess.com member Mahilewetsll asked: "Hello. I'm almost 17 years old. What can I reach in chess? How long will I need to do it?" Dear Mr. Mahilewetsll, I get this kind of question a lot (from people 10 to 60). Think about this in a logical manner... http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-learn-an-opening-and-more Tue, 11 Aug 2015 02:40:20 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-learn-an-opening-and-more Reaching GM Potential And Compensation Reaching One’s GM Chess Potential Chess.com member Philippe Silex777 asked: I have been reading your articles for a while now and have a question that I can’t find a satisfying answer to. It’s pretty simple: You wrote books a... http://www.chess.com/article/view/reader-questions-reaching-ones-gm-potential-and-compensation Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:49:23 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/reader-questions-reaching-ones-gm-potential-and-compensation Chess Lessons Exposed: Never Say 'I Have To' This series is about chess lessons and how a chess teacher tries to push key points home. If you are looking for a chess teacher, don’t grab anyone that comes along! Take your time, take a lesson or two from various teachers so you can get... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-lessons-exposed-never-say-ldquoi-have-tordquo Tue, 21 Jul 2015 02:31:51 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-lessons-exposed-never-say-ldquoi-have-tordquo Chess Lessons Exposed: A Lesson Learned? This series is about chess lessons and how a chess teacher tries to push key points home. If you are looking for a chess teacher, don’t grab anyone that comes along! Take your time, take a lesson or two from various teachers so you can get a... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-lessons-exposed-an-important-lesson-learned Tue, 14 Jul 2015 02:52:00 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-lessons-exposed-an-important-lesson-learned Chess Lessons Exposed Many players dream of getting chess lessons, though they aren’t quite sure what it would be like. The fact is, the experience (for both the student and teacher) depends on several factors: Question: Does the student want to learn or does h... http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-lessons-exposed-part-one Mon, 06 Jul 2015 23:30:58 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-lessons-exposed-part-one Giving Up On Chess? -- The Zalakaros Open After six rounds of the Zalakaros Open in Hungary, I had four points -- which was not a bad score, since the average of my opponents' ratings was high. Earlier in the tournament, I was sure that it was time for me to give up chess, or at... http://www.chess.com/article/view/zalakaros-open-part-3 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:37:20 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/zalakaros-open-part-3 What Is The Greatest Brilliancy Ever? From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on Chess.com. I try to give a good mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of so... http://www.chess.com/article/view/reader-questions---what-is-the-greatest-brilliancy-of-all-time Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:24:31 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/reader-questions---what-is-the-greatest-brilliancy-of-all-time The Little Chess Village, Part II  n 1616 Augustus of BrunswickâLüneburg, writing as Gustavus Selenus in his work, "Das Schach- oder König-Spiel," tells of his visit to Ströbeck where he encountered three types of chess being played.  One was the Mediæval Chess, which ... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-little-chess-village-part-ii Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:40:13 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-little-chess-village-part-ii Mastering Your Psychological Intuition For my victory over Capablanca I am indebted primarily to my superiority in the field of psychology. Capablanca played, relying almost exclusively on his rich intuitive talent. But for the chess struggle nowadays one needs a subtle knowledge of hu... http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-your-psychological-intuition Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:43:49 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/mastering-your-psychological-intuition Marathon Games In The Zalakaros Open In part one of my series on the Zalakaros Open, I described coming to Hungary and showed the first three games I played in the tournament. Honestly, the tournament didn't have a good start. Not only did I lose with the white pieces against GM Ga... http://www.chess.com/article/view/zalakaros-open-part-2 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:56:22 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/zalakaros-open-part-2 Reader Questions: French Defense And A 2000 Rating Goal I’m still going through some (sadly) neglected games, comments, and lectures. This time I’ll look at a game of one of the site’s best chess historians, Spektrowski, and I’ll also answer a question or two. The most p... http://www.chess.com/article/view/reader-questions---french-defense-and-a-2000-rating-goal Tue, 23 Jun 2015 02:37:03 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/reader-questions---french-defense-and-a-2000-rating-goal The Little Chess Village, Part I This image comes from "The Book of Games" comissioned by Alphonso X, 1283 Prologue      The most significant event to occur in the history of chess was the transformation of the game from its Medieval form into its Modern form.  This metam... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-little-chess-village Sun, 21 Jun 2015 05:47:23 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-little-chess-village GM Serper's Chess Video Quiz This is the time of the year when kids are passing their final exams in school, so I decided to offer a quiz for our readers too. We did regular chess tests before (for example, here and here), so today I decided to try something new. You... http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-video-quiz Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:54:02 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-video-quiz Ups And Downs In Life And Chess: Zalakaros Open It has been some time since I wrote about my own tournaments or annotated my own games. In general, it seems more legitimate and honest to annotate one's own games. You know precisely what was going on in your head, you remember your emotions, wha... http://www.chess.com/article/view/ups-and-downs-in-life-and-chess-zalakaros-open Thu, 18 Jun 2015 02:02:14 -0700 http://www.chess.com/article/view/ups-and-downs-in-life-and-chess-zalakaros-open