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 The toughest challengeThere's a standard moment in most feel-good movies: At some point everything works out, and all your dreams come true. I kinda had that moment recently, when I was told the organizers of the NorwayChess tournament wanted me in it. In December, I ...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/the-toughest-challengeTue, 05 Feb 2013 12:06:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/the-toughest-challengeStaying sharpMy life changed drastically the fall of last year. I got accepted to Oslo City College - their bachelor's degree in journalism. All of a sudden, going to tournaments had to become rare - so I got a problem: How would I get to play as much chess as...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/staying-sharpFri, 17 Aug 2012 12:34:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/staying-sharpElusive secrets of successPeople often ask me how they can become better chess players. I tell them it's important to play a lot (for instance on chess.com's live server!) and read chess books - simply enjoy working on your chess.But I find my answer to be very superficial...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/elusive-secrets-of-successTue, 07 Aug 2012 01:46:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/elusive-secrets-of-successA queenside sacrifice to beat the King’s Indian The King's Indian is one of the most complicated openings in chess. White focuses his attention on the queenside, trying to advance his pawns and create dangerous outposts for his pieces. Black on the other hand tries the exactly same thing - but...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/a-queenside-sacrifice-to-beat-the-kingrsquos-indianSun, 01 Jul 2012 03:42:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/a-queenside-sacrifice-to-beat-the-kingrsquos-indianThe Importance of Swift RedemptionIn the recently concluded World Championship match, there was one moment more important than the others: Game number 8, in which the eventual winner Anand won a quick victory. In post-match interviews, Anand credited that game as the most importa...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/the-importance-of-swift-redemptionWed, 13 Jun 2012 12:33:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/the-importance-of-swift-redemptionWork and PlayFor many people, chess is work. It's what they do. There's pressure to perform your very best - always. Otherwise you'd be letting yourself down. And there's no tougher judge than yourself. At least I know I'm really hard on myself for losses.But ...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/work-and-playSun, 06 May 2012 06:41:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/work-and-playRocking live chessYou sit there with tension in your shoulders, an intense glare and focus on what you are doing. Your opponent made an unexpected series of moves, and you realize you're lost. You'd love to get a break - take a timeout, but your opponent strikes yo...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/rocking-live-chessSat, 31 Mar 2012 15:05:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/rocking-live-chessVisiting St. LouisRead this and other entertaining stories at my blog, www.gmhammer.wordpress.com/blog. Right after I had attended an event in Dubai, I got on a plane headed for London Heathrow. My ultimate goal was St. Louis, Missouri, and the US Chess Championsh...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/visiting-st-louisSun, 28 Aug 2011 08:19:07 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/visiting-st-louisThe Truth About Magnus: MC2460!Though nothing disappoints me more than to reveal the devastating, and perhaps career threatening, secrets of my fellow countryman Magnus Carlsen, the time has come to clean out my closets. When Magnus Carlsen told me last week that he plans to ...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/the-truth-finally-comes-outFri, 01 Apr 2011 12:08:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/the-truth-finally-comes-outArctic Securities Chess Stars  This blog post can also be read directly at my website. There you'll also find game annotations for all my games in this top level rapid tournament! You can find the tournament website at http://kskno.blogspot.com There's even a picture of t...http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/arctic-securities-chess-starsFri, 03 Sep 2010 11:10:25 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SultanOfKings/arctic-securities-chess-stars