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 Live Lesson: Tiger plays Blitz - Part IIIIn today's blog post, I have taken time for a little different approach to chess training and preparation and decided to try and record a lecture for you commenting on my online blitz games at the time of playing them. That way, I am showing many ...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/live-lesson-tiger-plays-blitz---part-iiiThu, 10 Apr 2014 01:58:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/live-lesson-tiger-plays-blitz---part-iiiTiger Lilov's Chess Secrets: Candidate MovesToday's post is reserved for the very special topic for every beginner player and that is namely the candidate moves. How do we calculate long variations with certain accuracy, so that we can commit to brave sacrifices and complicated exchanges fo...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/tiger-lilovs-chess-secrets-candidate-movesSun, 30 Mar 2014 07:31:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/tiger-lilovs-chess-secrets-candidate-movesThe Easy Openings: Play vs 1.d4 and 1.Nf3In today's post, I would like to present a video that will interest many chess players who struggle with their opening repertoire as black or just need an easier and simple to follow setup to get a good position out of the opening. In my latest po...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/the-easy-openings-play-vs-1d4-and-1nf3Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:24:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/the-easy-openings-play-vs-1d4-and-1nf3Fight the Ruy Lopez with Moeller System!In today's post, I would like to present you a video lecture on one of my most favorite systems against Ruy Lopez for black. The unique feature of this line is that it lets black to avoid the conventional and rather dry lines of the classical vari...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/fight-the-ruy-lopez-with-moeller-systemMon, 10 Mar 2014 10:22:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/fight-the-ruy-lopez-with-moeller-systemBrilliant Games - Morphy's MasterpieceHi everyone! Today, I want to share with you a video I recorded back in 2010, but it examines an amazing game played by the great champion Paul Morphy in a blindfold simultaneous! It's always amazing to see chess masters attacking, though Morphy w...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/morphys-masterpieceSat, 01 Mar 2014 00:46:16 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/morphys-masterpieceLive Lesson: Evaluation and PlanningHi everyone! In today's post, I would like to share with you a very instructive fragment of a lesson I had with one of my students back in 2012. His level was approximately 2000 USCF (Expert). The topics we covered are positional evaluation and ho...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/live-lesson-evaluation-and-planningThu, 20 Feb 2014 08:07:10 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/live-lesson-evaluation-and-planningImprove Your Middlegame PlanningIn today's blog post, you will learn more about systematic planning in chess. This is the most important skill every chess player needs to master in order to progress and succeed in the ancient game. But how could one handle the complex nature of...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/improve-your-middlegame-planningMon, 10 Feb 2014 00:30:29 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/improve-your-middlegame-planningImprove Your Tactics and CalculationToday's post is reserved for two very special topics for every chess player and they are: Tactics and Calculation. How do we calculate long variations with certain accuracy, so that we can commit to brave sacrifices and complicated exchanges and s...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/improve-your-tactics-and-calculationSun, 02 Feb 2014 07:26:19 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/improve-your-tactics-and-calculationImprove Your Endgame StrategyThe endgame is considered the most complex stage of the game and being good at endgames often helps players improve their performance in other stages of the game, too. Nowadays, the endgames are some of the most instructive training tools that are...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/improve-your-endgame-strategyMon, 20 Jan 2014 06:45:32 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/improve-your-endgame-strategyAttacking Chess: The Uncastled KingHappy New Year! We begin the new 2014 with a lesson on a topic that many beginner and intermediate players want to learn. How do we exploit an opponent's king that is stranded in the middle? How do we punish the opponent for delaying his developme...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/attacking-chess-the-uncastled-kingFri, 10 Jan 2014 01:28:10 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/attacking-chess-the-uncastled-kingTOP 10 Brilliant Combinations of 2013In today's New Year's Eve edition of my blog post, I would like to present you with some of the most beautiful tactical combinations which occurred in 2013. These examples are special in a way that we can see the build up and how torecognize simi...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/top-10-brilliant-combinations-of-2013Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:24:07 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/top-10-brilliant-combinations-of-2013The Beginner's Guide: ExchangesIn today's post, I want to talk about the exchanges and more specifically on how to know or decide whether to commit an exchange or not. The importance of making exchanges is a valuable topic that requires specific concepts to be remembered when ...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/the-beginners-guide-exchangesTue, 24 Dec 2013 02:54:35 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/the-beginners-guide-exchangesLearn to Exploit Pawn WeaknessesHello chess friends! In my December post for Chess.com this week, I would like to present you with an interesting video I recorded about a year ago. In this instructive lecture, I teach the most optimal way for players of all levels to create pawn...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/learn-to-exploit-pawn-weaknessesTue, 03 Dec 2013 07:25:02 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/learn-to-exploit-pawn-weaknessesWorld Championship Match: First Blood LessonHello chess friends! It's been nearly two weeks since my latest post and today, I wanted to share with you a valuable lesson on the 5th game of the World Championship match between World number 1 rated player GM Magnus Carlsen and the reigning Wor...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/world-championship-match-first-blood-lessonFri, 15 Nov 2013 09:37:56 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/world-championship-match-first-blood-lessonHow to Excel at ProphylaxisToday's post is devoted to prophylaxis in chess! Every now and then, we ordinary players, face positions in which we need to prevent the opponent's threats and do that effectively. In that kind of positions, no counter attack or active play would ...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/how-to-excel-at-prophylaxisSat, 02 Nov 2013 10:58:20 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/how-to-excel-at-prophylaxisHow to Play the MiddlegameToday's post is going to cover a very important special topic that spans across all level of play, from a complete beginner or a master: "How to Play the Middlegamе". In this unreleased video recorded in 2012, I analysed an exemplary master gam...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/how-to-play-middlegame-betterSun, 27 Oct 2013 01:51:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/how-to-play-middlegame-betterHow I became an International MasterMost of you are surely accustomed to this opening line - "Hello this is FIDE Master Valeri Lilov..." Guess what, that is no more. I am now officially an International Master and would like to thank you all for the great support in my chess career....http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/how-i-became-an-international-masterSat, 12 Oct 2013 23:26:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/how-i-became-an-international-masterThe Beginner's Guide: Learn the TacticsToday I would like to share with you a lecture I prepared for all beginner and intermediate chess players. Many beginners often ask how they should approach tactics and get better at them. This question is always a tricky one as there are many fac...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/the-beginners-guide-learn-the-tacticsMon, 07 Oct 2013 10:13:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/the-beginners-guide-learn-the-tacticsPositional vs. Tactical PlayIn today's blog post, I would like to share with you my views on a very commonly discussed topic: Positional versus Tactical Play - which one is better? The truth is that there is never an absolute answer to this question, as the positional play p...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/positional-vs-tactical-playSun, 29 Sep 2013 11:08:47 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/positional-vs-tactical-playSurprise your opponents with the Stonewall!I recently had a chance to spend some time working on one of my favourite openings - The Stonewall. This opening has always been one of my favourite choices for black against 1.d4, mainly because of it's solidity and strong potential. I even had t...http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/surprise-your-opponents-with-the-stonewallSat, 21 Sep 2013 22:40:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/TigerLilov/surprise-your-opponents-with-the-stonewall