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 Cool queen sacrificeIt feels good to find a position out from a chess tactics puzzle book in your own game and realize that the variation which forces checkmate starts with a queen sacrifice. It probably helps that somehow recently I looked at lots of queen sacrifice...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/cool-queen-sacrificeWed, 03 Apr 2013 20:26:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/cool-queen-sacrificeI now offer chess classes in the NYC area.I have been giving classes for few years and I am now looking to broaden my student base. I have experience working both with groups and individual students of all ages and skill levels. I offer a comprehensive program of study aimed at universal ...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/i-now-offer-chess-classes-in-the-nyc-areaSun, 03 Feb 2013 11:17:27 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/i-now-offer-chess-classes-in-the-nyc-areaCheck my new blog post at brooklyn64.comIf you're interested, I am now a contributor to brooklyn64.com , a chess blog that for a long time has been one of my favorites to read on the net, so I'm even happier to be a part of it now. I'm going to post there regularly (will post here from ...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/check-my-new-blog-post-at-brooklyn64comThu, 20 Dec 2012 16:59:18 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/check-my-new-blog-post-at-brooklyn64comWin against a master yesterdayPlayed in a rapid game at the Marshall chess club yesterday. Sometimes I can play a good game and actually not mess it up. Obviously by allowing the fork Black made a mistake, but I didn't...that's chess. I've had many games against 2200+ rated pe...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/win-against-a-master-yesterdayFri, 30 Mar 2012 15:44:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/win-against-a-master-yesterdayMy most recent game..Just felt like I needed to post this...2012 has sucked for me so far on many fronts, and generally my chess performance is badly influenced by the non-chess stuff....so all my games in January were horrible. But this one from Feb 1st played in the...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/my-most-recent-gameFri, 03 Feb 2012 22:33:40 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/my-most-recent-gameBlunder of the day- the puzzleThis just in from today's game in the Manhattan Open- White, GM Kacheishvili of Georgia, had a clear win in his last move, he should have played 49.b7, but for reasons known only to himself, chose 49.f4 ??? and Black must have felt like he had jus...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/blunder-of-the-day--the-puzzleSat, 20 Aug 2011 16:16:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/blunder-of-the-day--the-puzzlePositional squeeze in a Moscow SicilianSo this is what I do after playing blitz all night- come home at 1AM, turn the computer on and play slow games with people in Europe, who are already awake. Maybe I should drink more while playing blitz so I would be going straight to bed. Anyway,...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/positional-squeeze-in-a-moscow-sicilianSat, 13 Aug 2011 00:23:47 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/positional-squeeze-in-a-moscow-sicilianWhite to play and win:)Cute little move from today's game Czarnota- Staniszewski played at Najdorf Memorial. http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/white-to-play-and-win3Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:13:22 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/white-to-play-and-win3Following the plan and inflexible thinking.The title of this post could as well be "making decisions in the rapid game" or, more vaguely "missing out on the best moves (again)". It's inspired by the short middlegame sequence which occurred in my game yesterday at the Marshall Chess Club ra...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/following-the-plan-and-inflexible-thinkingFri, 27 May 2011 22:03:26 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/following-the-plan-and-inflexible-thinking2400+ player destroyed in the 6th moveI have just been looking at random games played in the last week (it's my new habit- download them from TWIC every week and look at them) and I came across this one, played at Bosna Open a week ago. Black, a 2433 player, chose to play a Philidor D...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/2400-player-destroyed-in-the-6th-moveWed, 11 May 2011 17:19:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/2400-player-destroyed-in-the-6th-moveMy first game ever with a grandmaster.Yesterday I went to the Marshall Chess Club for their G30 (actually this is 25min with 5sec delay) tournament, which they always have on Thursdays and I started to play in these once a month this year. They run them in the Swiss system, which mean...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/my-first-game-ever-with-a-grandmasterFri, 18 Mar 2011 11:53:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/my-first-game-ever-with-a-grandmasterNYPD cracks down on chess players!Stupid cops. 7 people were arrested for playing chess, can you believe??? http://gothamist.com/2010/11/17/nypd_cracking_down_on_rogue_chess_p.php http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/nypd-cracks-down-on-chess-playersWed, 17 Nov 2010 13:11:09 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/nypd-cracks-down-on-chess-playersCan anyone clearly explain to me why Gelfand resigned this game?Ok all of you endgame experts, please tell me how white wins here...played earlier today at Tal Memorial, Gelfand resigned in this position...what's the winning procedure for Wang Hao ? Black was to move and resigned... http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/can-anyone-clearly-explain-to-me-why-gelfand-resigned-this-gameFri, 12 Nov 2010 11:22:04 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/can-anyone-clearly-explain-to-me-why-gelfand-resigned-this-gameTal Memorial coverage- outstanding!The homepage of this year's Tal Memorial is of the highest quality, with many cameras in the playing hall bringing the action on the boards to the screen, you really feel like you were standing next to the tables. I hope other tournament organizer...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/tal-memorial-coverage--outstandingFri, 12 Nov 2010 10:38:12 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/tal-memorial-coverage--outstandingTwo Knights/ Traxler funI know, I know, I shouldn't play all this stupid blitz, it's a waste of time. I'm very good at wasting time...but sometimes you need exactly just that. And it feels good to play a good game and win it! Two Knights with 4.Ng5 is a sharp opening in ...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/two-knights-traxler-funThu, 07 Oct 2010 08:13:32 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/two-knights-traxler-funGood bishop/ badbishopNot that I know anything about endgames....but I just wanted to show this game I finished online  5 minutes ago (the time control was 16 minutes). I like to surprise my opponents by gambiting a pawn in the French Defense in order to get the stron...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/good-bishop-badbishopTue, 01 Jun 2010 20:22:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/good-bishop-badbishopAnand-TopalovJust wondering what kind of dirty tactics are Bulgarians going to start to use when Topalov is 0-2..... http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/anand-topalovThu, 22 Apr 2010 21:18:19 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/anand-topalovWhat is this???Half an hour past midnight, I'm eating late dinner in front of the computer, just checking out chess games ...normal stuff...but then I see this- V.Bologan playing 1..a5 against d4 and losing the game in 7 moves! Does anybody know what was this ab...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/what-is-thisSat, 13 Feb 2010 21:39:35 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/what-is-thisCorus after 8 roundsI wasn't right in my report after 4 rounds when I said that Kramnik is out of the race- he is already just half a point behind Shirov! Who's got the best chances now ? Well, it's still Shirov, because he's still in the first place. But Carlsen and...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/corus-after-8-roundsMon, 25 Jan 2010 22:23:28 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/corus-after-8-roundsCorus after 4 roundsToo early to call him the winner yet of course, but still, winning all of the 4 games is an amazing start for Shirov. He's in the first place, followed by Nakamura, Carlsen, Ivanchuk , all with 2 wins and two draws (3 points total). The winning pa...http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/corus-after-4-roundsTue, 19 Jan 2010 20:44:12 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mis3u/corus-after-4-rounds