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 ThanksI like to thank my opponent when a game ends, especially a live game. And while chess.com is an English-language website managed in the USA, we all know that the chess players on here are an international community. This is one of the many things ...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/thanksFri, 28 Feb 2014 17:17:44 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/thanksVictoryIn today's Sterling Chess event, I took first place in the U1000 section. It's nice to win, though the best part of claiming a trophy is that my sons get more excited about chess when dad comes home with something shiny. Some thoughts: 1) I espe...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/victorySat, 27 Jul 2013 19:10:35 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/victoryFood for thoughtFrom Susan Polgar's website... http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/food-for-thoughtThu, 18 Jul 2013 12:14:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/food-for-thoughtTourneyToday I took second place in the Sterling Chess May Open in the U1000 section. First tourney I've been in for months -- how I've missed the highs & lows of OTB tournament play! Kudos to all who participated, and many thanks to TDs Caijun Luo a...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/tourneySat, 25 May 2013 17:41:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/tourneyFrom hopelessness to hopeMy opponent had a strong start thanks to my bungling, but things turned around, probably much to the surprise of both players (certainly to white!). Black was rather unsportsmanlike about the final outcome. http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/from-hopelessness-to-hopeSat, 09 Feb 2013 14:20:01 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/from-hopelessness-to-hopeAn oddityI've posted on here in the past about my habit of adding quitters to my list of blocked chess.com members. I also will block anyone who's rude. (E.g., one guy made some remarks in his native tongue, a language unknown to me; let's just say that Go...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/an-odditySun, 09 Sep 2012 18:39:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/an-oddityProgress (slowly but surely)Yesterday I took home 2nd place in the Sterling Chess June Open in the U900 section. This was my first medal in an OTB tourney, and also the first OTB tourney in which I lost no games (I had 2 wins and 2 draws). Okay, I'm not a NM yet (nor am I li...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/progress-slowly-but-surelySun, 24 Jun 2012 10:02:40 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/progress-slowly-but-surelyReal bad, and not so badI play a lot of ten-minute blitzes on here. Very often I play quite badly, as in this game: I did a bit better here, despite a rough start... perhaps my opponent, seeing how badly I was playing, got a bit careless? http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/real-bad-and-not-so-badSun, 10 Jun 2012 14:50:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/real-bad-and-not-so-bad318,979,564,000?I have often heard it said that the total number of possible combinations in the first four moves of a chess game (that is, each player making four moves) is 318,979,564,000. I don't find this implausible, but I'm curious how this is calculated. D...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/318979564000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:10:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/318979564000New York Times chess videoHere's a link to a cool vid from the New York Times about our favorite game: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/11/17/arts/design/100000001178611/from-elephants-to-bishops.html http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/new-york-times-chess-videoFri, 18 Nov 2011 19:51:46 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/new-york-times-chess-videoDown with quitters!Probably all of us have had the experience in Live Chess of facing an opponent who, recognizing his/her situation as hopeless, just lets the clock run out rather than acting honorably (fighting till the end or resigning). I move that we who are o...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/down-with-quittersSun, 06 Nov 2011 15:53:08 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/down-with-quittersO death, where is thy fianchetto? A little nod to Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. http://waynocartoons.blogspot.com/2011/08/these-cards-are-marked.html http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/o-death-where-is-thy-fianchettoFri, 04 Nov 2011 12:06:15 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/o-death-where-is-thy-fianchettoMaterial gains vs. positionFor what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36   Here's a kind of mistake I myself make very frequently. It was interesting for me to be on the other side of the equation of a player getting...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/material-gains-vs-positionFri, 04 Nov 2011 11:45:35 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/material-gains-vs-positionAn interesting mateIn a recent 10-minute blitz, I was on the receiving end of one of the more interesting checkmates I've seen in a while. Kudos, jonathan297. http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/an-interesting-mate2Fri, 26 Aug 2011 18:07:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/an-interesting-mate2My first OTB tourneyI learned to play chess here on chess.com not quite three years ago, and probably 99 ½ % of my chess experience has been on this wonderful website. So it was a real treat for me this past weekend to play in my very first OTB tournament - a Rated ...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/my-first-otb-tourneyMon, 28 Mar 2011 20:45:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/my-first-otb-tourneyThe webYes, sometimes technology can deepen our isolation and create new problems. But my own experience with the internet is that it can be an extraordinary means of fostering deeper human interconnection on a global scale. This wonderful video illustr...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/the-webWed, 13 May 2009 06:21:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/the-webBeing a Stoic good sportIn the six months that I've been a member of chess.com, I've played innumerable games, both live and correspondence, with people all over the world. Not only is this site a great place to learn about chess, it's also a wonderful venue to meet some...http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/being-a-stoic-good-sportFri, 17 Apr 2009 09:30:07 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/evanvwk/being-a-stoic-good-sport