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 A Lost Half PointDraws are 1 of the 3 results of a game. Some draws, though, are made by blunders, and it doesn't happen only by beginners. Even amateurs fall into this "trap" and so it's not foolproof! I played Black in the following OTB game and I had only 1 se...http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/a-lost-half-pointSun, 28 Apr 2013 13:42:19 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/a-lost-half-pointStrange(but easy) Mate in 2Post the answer on this blog! http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/strangebut-easy-mate-in-2Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:02:41 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/strangebut-easy-mate-in-2Puzzles...?                                             http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/puzzlesThu, 17 Jan 2013 13:01:17 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/puzzlesHow to stalemate yourselfHi, guys!  Today, let's see what happens when you are in a losing position. The best you could possibly get is a draw(yes, I know there are exceptions). But how to get one? Either playing 50 consecutive moves that are not pawn moves or taking a ...http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/how-to-stalemate-yourselfMon, 17 Dec 2012 13:35:31 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/how-to-stalemate-yourselfCheckmate Tips #3: Pawn StructureHi again! Today we are going to see what happens if you're pawns are "messed up". The pawn structure is important  no matter if you are in the opening, middlegame or endgame. The opponent can easily attack if you're pawn structure is ruined. Tak...http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/checkmate-tips-3-pawn-structureWed, 21 Mar 2012 13:41:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/checkmate-tips-3-pawn-structureCheckmate Tips #2: Team BishopsHi again! So, today we'll look at what team bishops can (and will) do. Take note of this position below. Your goal is to mate the Black King.               Now that you have done that, did you look at 1.Rxc6+? After the only move ...http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/checkmate-tips-2-team-bishopsTue, 20 Mar 2012 17:20:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/checkmate-tips-2-team-bishopsCheckmate Tips #1: Doubled RooksHi guys! Today let's look at a checkmate that might help with similar positions. Here it is:             The answer is 1.Bg5+ Kg8 2.Rh8+! Nxh8 3.Bh7#. Just looking at that diagram, which piece and which square is making it impossi...http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/checkmate-tips-1-doubled-rooksSun, 18 Mar 2012 11:43:12 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/checkmate-tips-1-doubled-rooksMore Puzzles!                             http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/more-puzzles3Thu, 15 Mar 2012 08:47:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/more-puzzles3Puzzles                                                       http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/puzzles27Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:13:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/puzzles27An awful trapHi, guys! I've just found a trap in the Ruy Lopez opening and it starts off with , 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.Nxe5 Qd4 6. f4!? Qxe4+ 7.Qe2 Qxf4?? and now 8.Nd3+ or 8.Ng6+ wins the queen. Bye! http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/an-awful-trap2Mon, 05 Mar 2012 17:11:34 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/an-awful-trap2The Stalemate BombIn a won endgame, you want to WIN the game. However, blunders can draw it. Here's an example...             Did you find the answer? 1.Qf3+!! either draws or wins, 1. ... Qxf3 is stalemate. It's unfortunate for Black because he mispl...http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/the-stalemate-bombWed, 29 Feb 2012 14:24:22 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/the-stalemate-bombFirst win against 1800 Recently, I won a game against a 1800 and here it is .....   Bye! http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/first-win-against-1800Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:45:43 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/first-win-against-1800Horwitz bishops on K-sideAs you might have heard of, the Horwitz Bishops are usually used on the queenside. (An example of Horwitz Bishops is right here:)                 True, but there are Horwitz Bishops on the Kingside too. Here is a basic example: ...http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/horwitz-bishops-on-k-sideSun, 26 Feb 2012 14:25:00 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/coolthing/horwitz-bishops-on-k-side