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 General Treatise on ChessRecently a Spanish language set of four chess books by the name of el Tratado General de Ajedrez by Argentinian Chess Master Roberto Grau was recommended to me. The book has been called the Bible of Latin American Chess, and it is highly regarded...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/general-treatise-on-chessFri, 25 Jan 2013 13:48:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/general-treatise-on-chessThe Advantage of An Outside Passed PawnThe following game shows the how to capitalize on the advantage of an outside passed pawn. http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/the-advantage-of-a-passed-pawnWed, 26 Dec 2012 06:46:19 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/the-advantage-of-a-passed-pawn12 Endgame Principles1. The King is a fighting piece and it should be centralized and used actively. 2. Material advantage wins in the endgame. Hold on to your material! 3. Be wary of sacrificing pawns for development. Only in rook and pawn endgames is an active pie...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/12-endgame-principlesTue, 25 Dec 2012 15:57:48 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/12-endgame-principlesThe Rest Is A Matter of TechniqueWhen reviewing master games, the expert annotator usually does not cover the last few moves of the game and attributes the remaining moves to "The rest is a matter of technique." Well, I came across the following explanation by Mednis in his excel...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/the-rest-is-a-matter-of-techniqueMon, 24 Dec 2012 07:25:56 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/the-rest-is-a-matter-of-techniqueThe Road to Chess Improvement in Ten Steps1. Eliminate blunders. 2. Become proficient at finding offensive and defensive tactics. 3. Stop playing "hope chess". Analyze at least 4 ply deep, and make sure that your move improves your position and does not lead to #1 & 2 above. 4. Be ...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/the-road-to-chess-improvement-in-ten-stepsSat, 07 Jan 2012 16:54:10 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/the-road-to-chess-improvement-in-ten-stepsWhen You See A Tactic...You see a tactical combination on the board and you have the opportunity to play it...you become excited, after all this is your moment to play like Tal, but chances are that you do not play  like Tal. While you have spotted a tactical opport...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/when-you-see-a-tacticSat, 10 Sep 2011 14:01:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/when-you-see-a-tacticCommon Chess ErrorsIn his classic Novice Nook The Theory of Chess Improvement Dan Heisman points out the following common chess errors, which I keep running up against. Playing too fast or too slow. Having bad thought processes - such as playing "Hope Chess"(making...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/common-chess-errors2Sat, 13 Aug 2011 19:52:47 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/common-chess-errors2The (Long) Road to Chess Mastery According to experts it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in any field. So the following is my attempt to gauge my chess progress based on the 10,000 hour rule. Assumptions 10,000 hours of practice = expert A che...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/the-long-road-to-chess-masteryWed, 08 Jun 2011 18:19:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/the-long-road-to-chess-masteryFinding the Master WithinThere is no doubt that reviewing master games is one of the best methods to improve your chess. The question for me has always been which master's games do I study first? There are schools of thought that answer this by stating that you should rev...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/finding-the-master-withinMon, 21 Mar 2011 05:25:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/finding-the-master-withinThreats in Chess Pt. 2I wasn't planning on making this a series of posts on threats, but I feel I'm on to something. My chess has improved since I have restructured my thought process to incorporate threat analysis . Threat Based Evaluation Process1. What are my oppon...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/threats-in-chess-pt-2Sat, 04 Dec 2010 07:42:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/threats-in-chess-pt-2Threats in ChessI have been away for a few months, in which time I have been through a long plateau and a bout of chess related self-doubt. The reason for the self-doubt is that I feel that I should be at a different playing level than that which I am (1300 USCF)...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/threats-in-chessSat, 27 Nov 2010 12:23:18 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/threats-in-chessPsychology of Chess Weaknesses The path to chess improvement lies in finding your weakest area of knowledge and placing all of your effort into converting it into a strength. My greatest weakness is an apprehension, bordering on fear, of delving into deep calculations and anal...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/psychology-of-chess-weaknessesMon, 11 Oct 2010 14:24:15 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/psychology-of-chess-weaknessesThink Like a Chess EngineIn Kotov's great book "Think Like a Grandmaster" he taught the average chess player the inner workings of how a chess master thinks about a position by creating a tree of candidates and then proceeding along the tree. While there is much to learn ...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/think-like-a-chess-engineSun, 15 Aug 2010 08:05:12 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/think-like-a-chess-enginePositional Evaluation ChecklistI have created a PDF document that is based on Karpov and Mazukevich's thought process guidelines, and includes Herman Grooten's modifications. You can download it here. The idea is to use it when going over annotated games, or when performing Sto...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/positional-evaluation-checklistFri, 16 Jul 2010 19:17:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/positional-evaluation-checklistWebsite Dedicated to C.J.S PurdyI have read a lot of chess books, but no author and no content has ever been clearer and more revalating than the books and words of C.J.S Purdy. So, I have created a site dedicated to Purdy's chess wisdom. Some of the things you'll find are exce...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/website-dedicated-to-cjs-purdySun, 11 Jul 2010 05:56:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/website-dedicated-to-cjs-purdyConnecting the Dots in ChessI have made an observation while solving puzzles, that I feel will improve my tactical puzzle solving skills, and might have direct application during actual games. When solving a tactical puzzle of intermediate to advanced level I either: 1. ...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/connecting-the-dots-in-chessSun, 06 Jun 2010 06:57:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/connecting-the-dots-in-chessSecrets of Zen ChessDuring my most recent chess break, I ran into a friend of mine who loves chess and who had been in Japan doing a 4 week Seshin at a Japanese Zen Monestary.I asked him if he had time to practice his chess while at the monastery, and he told me tha...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/secrets-of-zen-chessTue, 27 Apr 2010 07:27:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/secrets-of-zen-chessAttack against f7The following classic by Alekhine shows how he focuses his attack against Black's weakness at f7, brought about by the exchange of Black's dark squared bishop. http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/attack-against-f7Sun, 27 Dec 2009 19:44:38 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/attack-against-f7Simple Chess TrainingMaking it Difficult After several years of working on my chess improvement and from talking to both amateurs and masters it appears that adult amateurs tend to complicate their chess improvement by reading books and tackling concepts that are far...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/simple-chess-trainingSat, 05 Dec 2009 04:46:47 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/simple-chess-trainingChoosing a Chess MoveKarpov & Mazukevich's Chess Thought Process (adapted by Herman Grooten) The following thought process which is recommended by Karpov and Mazukevich is used to detect the important features of an arbitrary position in order to devise a plan t...http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/choosing-a-chess-moveSat, 22 Aug 2009 08:54:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/chessbuzz/choosing-a-chess-move