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 March Madness G.O.A.T. (Championship)The polling is over!   Capablanca won in an upset! He had a 42% chance to beat Kasparov! Thanks for voting!   March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can he...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-goat-championshipSun, 30 Mar 2014 00:01:26 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-goat-championshipMarch Madness G.O.A.T. (Final 4)Championship has started March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit of a luck compone...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-goat-final-4Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:07:34 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-goat-final-4March Madness G.O.A.T. (Elite 8)FINAL 4 has begun!   March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit of a luck componen...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-goat-elite-8Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:05:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-goat-elite-8March Madness G.O.A.T. (Sweet 16)VOTING CLOSED.  HEAD TO THE ELITE 8.   March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit ...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-goat-sweet-16Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:03:57 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-goat-sweet-16March Madness G.O.A.T. (Round of 32)Voting has ended for this round. Sweet 16 March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-chess-goatWed, 19 Mar 2014 20:11:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/march-madness-chess-goatHow to be a Polite SpectatorA friend and I were recently discussing chess spectator etiquette and how they differ from the arena of Magic The Gathering tournaments.  In Magic tournaments it is considered rude to spectate for a brief period and then leave the table.  Leavin...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/how-to-be-a-polite-spectatorTue, 18 Mar 2014 14:25:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/how-to-be-a-polite-spectatorComp4-ImpossiblyLucky!I know there's no luck in chess and my play was responsible for this loss.  I'd still like to petition a name change to Comp4-ImpossiblyLucky because I was crushing it!  Please take a look at the game and suggest some alternative lines or missed...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/comp4-impossiblyluckyMon, 10 Feb 2014 10:22:20 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/comp4-impossiblyluckyHumbled by IM RendleDropped a piece on more 4, missed a simple mate in 1, lost the game, but had fun.  Enjoy and don't laugh!   Website - Coaching information Twitter - Chess-related tweets http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/humbled-by-im-rendleMon, 03 Feb 2014 20:54:09 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/humbled-by-im-rendleBishop + Rook Pawn EndingBishop and rook-pawn endgames can be difficult to win when your bishop is on the opposite color of the pawn's promotion square.  The position below is a theoretical draw.  If you haven't seen it before try finding a way for White to win if Black...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/bishop--rook-pawn-endingSun, 26 Jan 2014 08:50:26 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/bishop--rook-pawn-endingExchange Sacrifice in the CaroThis is a game from the local chess club, and possibly the most exciting of the round!  The time control was G/60 + 30inc and the pairings are made in advance.  The game was a back-n-forth struggle with an exchange sacrifice towards the end.  I...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/exchange-sacrifice-in-the-caroThu, 23 Jan 2014 18:08:29 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/exchange-sacrifice-in-the-caroCandidates Tournament 2014 OddsOdds of winning the Candidates Tournament 2014.  Who do you think will win?  Who would you bet on with these odds? Aronian (3.25) Kramnik (4) Topalov (6) Anand (7.5) Karjakin (9) Mamedyarov (10) Andreikin (15) Svidler (15) http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/candidates-tournament-2014-oddsTue, 07 Jan 2014 06:15:25 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/candidates-tournament-2014-oddsBest zugzwang ever!This is a game played by a quickly improving Maor Locker on chess.com.  Maor reached a position with many paths to win, but when we analyzed the position below we realized White is actually in zugzwang!  After going through a few variations with...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/best-zugzwang-everSat, 26 Oct 2013 20:19:56 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/best-zugzwang-everGame Analysis #2 - Symmetrical EnglishHere is the 2nd analyzed game of the free game analysis series played by Warrior2000.  Gourav plays a nice game on the Black side of a symmetrical english.  The game gets very dicey and White sacrifices an exchange in an attempt to checkmate the...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/game-analysis-2---symmetrical-englishTue, 15 Oct 2013 15:27:14 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/game-analysis-2---symmetrical-englishGame Analysis #1 - Caro Attacks!In the first installment of the free game analysis series we look at Marcelo's game on the Black side of a caro-kann.  He neutralizes White's slight advantage out of the opening and castles queenside (!!) in an attempt to pawn storm his opponent'...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/game-analysis-1---caro-attacksSun, 13 Oct 2013 08:10:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/game-analysis-1---caro-attacksFree Game Analysis IntroductionHi chess.com members, I have some exciting news about some a free game analysis promotion I will be starting this month.  In an effort to gain momentum on my coaching website and twitter account I will be offering the first of hopefully many fre...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/free-game-analysis-introductionFri, 11 Oct 2013 22:45:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/free-game-analysis-introductionChess Comeback - Minnesota OpenThe first tournament wasn't an impressive result but it prepared me for the biggest tournament in the state, the Minnesota Open.  This year's MN Open had 260 players including about 15 masters!  I decided to play in the 2-day schedule since I wa...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/chess-comeback---minnesota-openSun, 26 Aug 2012 11:33:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/chess-comeback---minnesota-openStarting a Chess Comeback!My grandfather taught me to play chess when I was five during a camping trip.  He thought I was too young to play, but on a rainy day I was able to convince him to teach me the "king game" as I liked to call it.  I started playing in local tourn...http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/starting-a-chess-comeback2Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:39:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smarterchess/starting-a-chess-comeback2