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 chess puzzle I created                                                                           Why Ra4 doesn't work is shown in next diagram:             http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/chess-puzzle-i-createdFri, 19 Jul 2013 11:59:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/chess-puzzle-i-createdNakamura sponsored by Silence TherapeuticsI am very saddened to hear that Nakamura has accepted a sponsorship by Silence Therapeutics.  Silence Therapeutics is a human genome company.  These companies discover different genetic patterns and then place patents on those genes, and genetic...http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/nakamura-sponsored-by-silence-therapeuticsThu, 13 Jun 2013 12:05:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/nakamura-sponsored-by-silence-therapeuticsA Missed Opportunity in a Field Full of Excuses (This diagram is for round two, please read, before going through the game) Ring, Ring, the alarm clock buzzed and rattled in my head, I groggily woke up wondering where I was and what day and time it was, with the sunshine peaking through my ...http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/a-missed-opportunity-in-a-field-full-of-excusesThu, 16 May 2013 11:09:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/a-missed-opportunity-in-a-field-full-of-excusesKalamazoo Mini Swiss  The Kalamazoo mini swiss took place on March 30th, 2013.  It was an all day, three round tournament, with time control of 90 minutes with a 5 second time delay.  It was a beautiful morning with the warmest day of the year thus far after a lo...http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/kalamazoo-mini-swissFri, 05 Apr 2013 12:28:17 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/kalamazoo-mini-swissFollowing David Pruess suggestion for learning Ruy Lopez pt. 2After you have setup the Ruy Lopez position on the board and studied the positional aspects of it, as described in previous articles.  Step two that is suggested by David Pruess for learning a new opening, after you have set it up and studied the...http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/following-david-pruess-suggestion-for-learning-ruy-lopez-pt-2Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:53:35 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/following-david-pruess-suggestion-for-learning-ruy-lopez-pt-2Join Dan Heisman's Learning Center Grouphi all, I will be continueing the Ruy lopez series soon.  I hope that everyone is still on occassion thinking about the basic Ruy Lopez position, and it's different aspects such as key files, diagonals, squares, and piece placement and planning....http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/join-dan-heismans-learning-center-groupThu, 17 Jan 2013 04:23:43 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/join-dan-heismans-learning-center-groupFollowing David Pruess suggestion for learning new openings, The Ruy Lopez aka, the Spanish GameBefore I continue with discussing the positional considerations inherent in the Ruy Lopez.  I really want to encourage everyone to setup the Ruy Lopez position, e4, e5, Nf3, Nc6, Bb5, and to study it, and to consider the position.       ...http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/following-david-pruess-suggestion-for-learning-new-openings-the-ruy-lopez-aka-the-spanish-gameSun, 06 Jan 2013 16:58:22 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/following-david-pruess-suggestion-for-learning-new-openings-the-ruy-lopez-aka-the-spanish-gameRuy Lopez, the Spanish Game, Great things always have more then one name pt. 3Read my articles on the Ruy Lopez to help you follow IM David Pruess study plan. The Ruy Lopez opening is an opening that meets all the requirements of how an opening should be played.  These articles will help you to be able to learn the openi...http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/ruy-lopez-the-spanish-game-great-things-always-have-more-then-one-name-pt-3Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:06:35 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/ruy-lopez-the-spanish-game-great-things-always-have-more-then-one-name-pt-3Ruy Lopez, The Spanish Opening, Great Things come in More Then One Name, pt. 2Hello again everyone.  This is part two on my series of articles concerning the Ruy Lopez opening, also known as the Spanish Opening or Spanish Game.  In part one we talked about the first few moves, e4, e5, Nf3.  Before I continue discussing e...http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/ruy-lopez-the-spanish-opening-great-things-come-in-more-then-one-name-pt-2Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:27:29 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/ruy-lopez-the-spanish-opening-great-things-come-in-more-then-one-name-pt-2Ruy Lopez, The Spanish Game, Great Things Always Have More Then One NameThe Ruy Lopez, also known as the Spanish game, is one of the oldest openings around, dating back many centuries.  Back to the time when the modern rules of chess were being slowly implemented around the world.  Why has the Ruy Lopez been around ...http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/ruy-lopez-the-spanish-game-great-things-always-have-more-then-one-nameWed, 12 Dec 2012 07:10:26 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/archmage81/ruy-lopez-the-spanish-game-great-things-always-have-more-then-one-name