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 Temporary Blog http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/temporary-blogTue, 25 Mar 2014 08:30:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/temporary-blogFavorite QuotesThere's nothing more boring or dangerous than a fanatic -- of any pursuasion. [Bo Lozoff]If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates', then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny. [Dee Hock, Founder/CEO V...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/favorite-quotesThu, 09 Jan 2014 21:43:05 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/favorite-quotesWhat Tournament Directors Can and Can't Do Hello! If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below and I'll get them answered. http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/what-tournament-directors-can-and-cant-doSat, 05 Oct 2013 19:22:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/what-tournament-directors-can-and-cant-doEnough Conspiracy Theories (Part 2) http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/enough-conspiracy-theories-part-2Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:12:07 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/enough-conspiracy-theories-part-2Mental Health Helpline http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/mental-health-helplineFri, 16 Aug 2013 19:06:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/mental-health-helplineHow To Create Vote Chess Games Creating, Starting Vote Chess Games You can click the link in the lower right-hand corner that says "New Vote Chess". This will take you to a page where vote chess open seeks are listed. Each of these open seeks, when you click, will show the vo...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/how-to-create-vote-chess-gamesThu, 13 Jun 2013 18:49:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/how-to-create-vote-chess-gamesI'm sorry for my absence.As I am sure many have noticed (and commented on), my attention to chess.com (and my games, groups, etc) has wanned as of late. My sincere apologies for my inattentiveness. As a super-admin of many groups and (in theory) involved in many projects...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/im-sorry-for-my-absenceMon, 15 Apr 2013 09:50:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/im-sorry-for-my-absenceHow To Create TournamentsCreating tournaments is a real joy; at any given time, I typically have about 50 tournaments going at one time. You must be a premium member to create tournaments. Here is how it is done:     Go to Home and choose Tournaments.     Â...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/how-to-create-tournamentsThu, 14 Mar 2013 11:27:14 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/how-to-create-tournamentsHow To Post A GameFirst, find the game you wish to post and put it on screen. Next, click "Get PGN". A dialogue box will appear. Click "OK".   A NotePad document will appear with some "funny" writing in it. This notepad document contains the information you...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/post-a-gameSat, 09 Feb 2013 09:52:00 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/post-a-gameCreate Team MatchThis post will describe the mechanics of creating team matches, but does not address the strategies behind the team matches. Creating winnable team matches requires a good deal of strategy in its own right, and a strategy that works for one group ...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/create-team-matchSat, 09 Feb 2013 09:14:35 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/create-team-matchFIDE TitlesCandidate Master (CM) The most usual way for a player to qualify for the Candidate Master title is by achieving an Elo rating of 2200 or more. Candidate master ranks below other FIDE titles. FIDE Master (FM) FM ranks below the title of Internatio...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/fide-titlesFri, 01 Feb 2013 18:39:53 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/fide-titlesOf Kings and PawnsHere are a few more notes I ran accross from my former coach. Assuming White has the pawn: If the White King is behind the pawn, the Black King in front, the game can not be won. The key for Black is to keep his King in front of the pawn, and wh...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/of-kings-and-pawnsWed, 16 Jan 2013 14:49:34 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/of-kings-and-pawnsPawnsPawns are the first line of defense -- Nobody wants to trade a piece for a pawn. Defend them. Against equal or stronger players, the winning or losing of a pawn often means the winning or losing of a game. A bad pawn move is a terminal error. You ...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/pawnsTue, 01 Jan 2013 22:15:00 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/pawnsNo More Conspiracy Theories, Please! Are we through with fantasy? Ready to live in a world of reality where, sometimes, things really are as they appear to be? http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/no-more-conspiracy-theories-pleaseSat, 29 Dec 2012 13:00:27 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/no-more-conspiracy-theories-pleaseKnights v. BishopsThese are notes I found while cleaning out my papers that I had forgotten I owned! I decided there was good information here, worth further study as I have forgotten much of this and the "why's" of most of this! Please feel free to comment! Bisho...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/knights-v-bishopsFri, 28 Dec 2012 17:42:15 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/knights-v-bishopsRules Of ThumbWhile cleaning out excess papers the other day, I ran accross this list. I do not know the source, but it all seems very good advice. It is worth further study to me, thus I feel it is worth passing on. Use the center pawns to gain space in the o...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/rules-of-thumbFri, 28 Dec 2012 14:59:27 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/rules-of-thumb30 Tips To Forgive When It's Hard  "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." ~Mahatma Gandhi I remember them as a child and it's much easier! -Joy Thompson I remind myself that I forgive not for them but for me and that it's easier to forgive th...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/30-tips-to-forgive-when-its-hardMon, 24 Dec 2012 20:28:58 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/30-tips-to-forgive-when-its-hardChess Annotation Punctuation?? (Blunder) The double question mark "??" indicates a blunder, a very bad mistake. Typical moves which receive double question marks are those that overlook that the queen is under attack or overlook a checkmate. Whether a single or double questi...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/chess-annotation-punctuationSat, 08 Dec 2012 21:20:57 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/chess-annotation-punctuationGuico Piano/Italian (C50-C54)Italian (C50-C54) [1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc5 3. Bc4 Bc5] (Note: 4. d3 becomes "Guico Piano") The beginning is always a good place to start. The Guico Piano is the first recorded opening according to the Gottingen manuscript (1490) In looking at any ...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/guico-piano-c50-c54Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:09:55 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/guico-piano-c50-c54Opening Theory 101When we learn any given thing, we have to start at the beginning. In reading, it's A-B-C. In math, it's 1-2-3. In singing, it's Do - Ra - Mi. And before we launch into a showtune, well, you get the picture. Chess is no different. We have to start...http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/opening-theory-101Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:14:50 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/CaptainPike/opening-theory-101