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 Please helpPlease help IM Timothy Taylor if you can. This guy is a great author and a nice fellow. Thank you,   You can get in touch with Tim through his chess.com account. Even 5$ helps.   edit : I'm also happy to offer a free analyze or coaching se...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/please-helpThu, 24 Oct 2013 09:14:22 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/please-helpYou're so good !Having recently read a funny thread where this topic cropped up, I was wondering how much encouragement one should expect from his chess coach ? We all love to be cheered and admired don't we ? Also, doesn't it feel good when a (much) stronger pl...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/youre-so-goodMon, 22 Jul 2013 12:45:27 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/youre-so-goodSo what are you trying to tell us, Mr. Computer ? - part 2This is the follow-up to my previous blog article. If you haven't read it yet, I recommend you start there to know the full story.Here is the position that I offered as an exercise in the first article. I invited people to play the black side agai...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/so-what-are-you-trying-to-tell-us-mr-computer----part-2Sun, 23 Jun 2013 05:03:54 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/so-what-are-you-trying-to-tell-us-mr-computer----part-2So what are you trying to tell us, Mr. Computer ?DISCLAIMER : this article is not a discussion about the relative chess powers of humans and engines. While listening to the very interesting show of GM Magesh last week, someone asked him why he wasn't using an engine to perform his analysis ? ...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/so-what-are-you-trying-to-tell-us-mr-computerThu, 16 May 2013 02:40:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/so-what-are-you-trying-to-tell-us-mr-computerResources for systematic trainingAs my chess coach says, one book on the table induces work, but 20 create confusion. In our times of 'Too Much (chess) Information' (Soltis), I thought it would be useful for people who can't afford a coach, or want to supplement his teachings, t...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/resources-for-systematic-trainingSun, 17 Mar 2013 15:40:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/resources-for-systematic-trainingToo much opening study ?The question of whether you should spend time studying openings or not is the Nessie of chess improvement forums. Rather than take sides on this dangerous topic (I'm neither an integrist of the "thou shalt not study openings" dogma, nor an openin...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/too-much-opening-studyTue, 12 Mar 2013 13:01:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/too-much-opening-studyChess MaturityWhere do you stand on the chess maturity ladder ?     1.       Not putting pieces en prise 2.       Setting up simple traps 3.       Focusing to avoid simple traps ("what does he want to do ?") 4.       Knowing yo...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/chess-maturityTue, 26 Feb 2013 12:34:20 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/chess-maturityCalculation training...Russian style !When I was younger, I took some correspondence chess classes where the author claimed that Russians used to practice calculation with positions that were just too hard to be fully calculated. The point wasn't to find the truth of the position, but...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/calculation-trainingrussian-styleMon, 17 Dec 2012 10:49:21 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/calculation-trainingrussian-styleCan you help me ?Now for something completely different. Though I'm usually no big fan of chess variants and unorthodox problems, I can't resist sharing the very entertaining and puzzling problem a chess friend has shown us at the club today. Normal chess rules ...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/can-you-help-meSat, 06 Oct 2012 15:00:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/can-you-help-meMoving...GM Nigel Davies kindly invited me to write articles for his blog, the Chess Improver. My first post relates Mamedyarov's fantastic performance at the Istambul Olympiad and includes an annotated game where he shows the power of the passed pawn ! ...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/movingSat, 22 Sep 2012 01:37:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/movingPractical decisionsThis is from an OTB tournament game, where after ~5 hrs. of play I had to make some important decision after my opponent's move 45...Bxf3. I had enough time on my clock and energy left, and I decided quickly enough. What would you have played as ...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/practical-decisionsFri, 03 Aug 2012 04:59:27 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/practical-decisions2000+1 patternsPatterns are extremely important in chess. Knowing them helps us generate candidate moves, dig deeper into the calculations of variations, and create beautiful combinations by literally speaking, combining various basic elements of our chess vocab...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/20001-patternsTue, 06 Mar 2012 13:59:26 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/20001-patternsSpirited Knights 2There are at least 3 Knight forks hidden in this game. Can you find them ?   http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/spirited-knights-2Mon, 13 Feb 2012 15:52:04 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/spirited-knights-2Two steps down the roadBefore reading on, give yourself a few minutes to try and solve this problem :                                   If you found it, congratulations ! I didn't.  And I think this kind of position is extremely cha...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/two-steps-down-the-roadFri, 03 Feb 2012 07:14:10 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/two-steps-down-the-roadSpirited KnightDifficult, but worth a try, if only to appreciate the beauty of the solution http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/spirited-knightWed, 01 Feb 2012 12:07:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/spirited-knightThe Art of StudyingLast week, I was browsing through some chess books in a famous Paris book store, looking for inspiration, when the shop owner offered his help. I politely declined, but when I looked up in his direction, I noticed an unusual position on the wall ...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/the-art-of-studyingMon, 04 Jul 2011 02:53:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/the-art-of-studying"Pawn break in the center, stronger is !"John was a bit nervous today. For the very first time, he was going to play a game against his mentor, a long game, with clocks and all the regular stuff. Of course, it wasn't his first competitive game : since he had decided to take advantage of ...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/ldquoboy-the-central-pawn-break-is-the-strongestrdquoWed, 15 Jun 2011 05:44:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/ldquoboy-the-central-pawn-break-is-the-strongestrdquoGambit world 5 - Beware of the 2nd pawn offerThe first four articles of this series are available in the Learning with Fun group forum. A well-known chess recipe to fight against a gambit is to take the pawn on offer, and give it back sometimes later to complete development. The key idea he...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/gambit-world-5---beware-of-the-2nd-pawn-offerSun, 01 May 2011 08:02:54 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/gambit-world-5---beware-of-the-2nd-pawn-offerClassy or not classy ?Well, you know, sometimes you look at a game with friends, and you stop in front of a move. It's surprising, it's original, but it can't work, can it ? So you try to refute it, but you don't manage to. This is just a great move, a classy move...Go...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/classy-or-not-classyTue, 05 Apr 2011 16:14:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/classy-or-not-classyInteractive learningOne of the recreational past-times we enjoy at my club is to bring along interesting positions and games and analyze them together. It's always funny and instructive, because you can pit your ideas against those of your teammates, and you actually...http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/interactive-learningSun, 03 Apr 2011 10:21:55 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hicetnunc/interactive-learning