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 Combating the bishop pair, Romanovsky - Smorodsky, USSR Ch 1924In this game Romanovsky plays the exchange variation of the Spanish, trading a bishop for one of black's knights, and then proceeds to prove the superiority of his knights over black's bishops. Romanovsky was a player that did well in the early S...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/combating-the-bishop-pair-romanovsky---smorodsky-ussr-ch-1924Sun, 24 Nov 2013 00:58:54 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/combating-the-bishop-pair-romanovsky---smorodsky-ussr-ch-1924Gligoric - Larsen, Manila 1973Another nice game showing the power of the bishop pair when a position is opened up. A nice attack brings the game to an end. Game 9 - 50 Essential Chess Lessons http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/gligoric---larsen-manila-1973Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:20:40 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/gligoric---larsen-manila-1973The power of bishops, Makogonov - Keres, Moscow 1939In this game, Makogonov displays the power of the bishop pair against one of the all time great players Paul Keres. Game #8 in 50 Essential Chess Lessons. http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/the-power-of-bishops-makogonov---keres-moscow-1939Mon, 18 Nov 2013 01:47:52 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/the-power-of-bishops-makogonov---keres-moscow-1939More games from 50 Essential Chess LessonsI finished playing through the section on defense this evening. All 3 games were entertaining, but I really like Spassky's counter attack in the center against Tal's flank attack in game 11 of the 1965 Candidate Finals. Here are the games.   ...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/more-games-from-50-essential-chess-lessonsSun, 17 Nov 2013 01:20:02 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/more-games-from-50-essential-chess-lessonsPadevsky - Kholmov, Dresden 1956An interesting game I played through this evening while reading Steve Giddins's book 50 Essential Chess Lessons.  In this game it looks like white has a promising attack, but black defends well, and white eventually falters while in time troubl...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/padevsky---kholmov-dresden-1956Sun, 03 Nov 2013 01:45:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/padevsky---kholmov-dresden-1956Attack on an uncastled King, Polgar - Mamedyarov Ol. 2002Continuing to play through Giddin's 50 Essential Chess Lessons this evening I was treated to this following attack by Judit Polgar. http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/attack-on-an-uncastled-king-polgar---mamedyarov-ol-2002Tue, 23 Apr 2013 02:29:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/attack-on-an-uncastled-king-polgar---mamedyarov-ol-2002Geller - Kotov, USSR Ch 1955Another game from Steve Giddin's 50 Essential Chess Lessons. In this game they have both castled kingside, and White builds up a nice attack. Particularly nice is B:g7, which leads to mate. I was looking at Rh3 instead which is winning, but not f...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/geller---kotov-ussr-ch-1955Thu, 18 Apr 2013 01:02:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/geller---kotov-ussr-ch-1955Averbakh - Sarvarov, USSR chT 1959Taking a break from Tarrasch this evening, I decided to start working through Steve Giddin's 50 Essential Chess Lessons. This is billed as a modern version of Chernev's Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played.  This first game features opp...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/averbakh---sarvarov-ussr-cht-1959Tue, 16 Apr 2013 23:58:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/averbakh---sarvarov-ussr-cht-1959Guess the Move training with Chess HeroA short video showing how to use Chess Hero to play through games using guess the move.   Chess Hero http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/guess-the-move-training-with-chess-heroFri, 12 Apr 2013 12:21:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/guess-the-move-training-with-chess-heroMackenzie - Tarrasch, Frankfurt 1887Tarrasch continues his poor start to the Frankfurt tournament, missing both 13.e6! and the fork that brings the game to a conclusion. Game #73 from 300 Games. http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/mackenzie---tarrasch-frankfurt-1887Tue, 09 Apr 2013 03:50:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/mackenzie---tarrasch-frankfurt-1887Knowledge vs SkillThis has come up in a few places recently. I have been revisiting GM Andrew Soltis's Studying Chess Made Easy, to refresh my memory of the various exercises he recommends for studying. I have also been reading GM Jonathan Rowson's Chess For Zebr...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/knowledge-vs-skillMon, 08 Apr 2013 02:28:17 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/knowledge-vs-skillTarrasch - Schallop, 1887Continuing to work my way through Tarrasch's 300 Games. Tonight was game #72, Tarrasch - Schallop, 1887. Tarrasch get his bishop pinned after a questionable trade of queens, and loses in the endgame. Cute finish by Schallop. http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/tarrasch---schallop-1887Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:08:39 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/tarrasch---schallop-1887GM Norm Tournament KickstarterI saw this on Sean Marsh's blog this morning. GM Norm Tournament It is a kickstarter for a GM norm generating tournament for young British masters. Hopefully they will meet their goal. http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/gm-norm-tournament-kickstarterTue, 02 Apr 2013 11:42:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/gm-norm-tournament-kickstarterJacob Aagaard's 3 QuestionsI recently received 1st 3 books of Aagaard's latest series Grandmaster Preparation in the mail this weekend. I'm at not at a point where I will be able derive the full benefit of these books, but I did look through the introductory parts to see wh...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/jacob-aagaards-3-questionsMon, 01 Apr 2013 01:36:40 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/jacob-aagaards-3-questionsBeautiful example of attack being carried out against an open centerI am working through Kotov's article on various pawn positions in the center and in the section on open centers he used the following game between Alekhine and Lasker at Zurich 1934 as an example of an attack being successfully carried out. Enjoy....http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/beautiful-example-of-attack-being-carried-out-against-an-open-centerSat, 07 May 2011 23:53:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/beautiful-example-of-attack-being-carried-out-against-an-open-centerVladimir Zak on annotating gamesThe following is from Vladimir Zak's book Improve Your Chess Results. Zak was a famous trainer in Leningrad, who counted Spassky and Korchnoi among his pupils. "Annotating a game takes 12-16 hours on average. For convenience, the whole task may b...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/vladimir-zak-on-annotating-gamesWed, 24 Nov 2010 18:43:43 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/vladimir-zak-on-annotating-gamesTactics Trainer as a tool for ImprovementSo how do other people use the tactics trainer for improvement? Obviously it helps with pattern recognition. On chess.com I do the timed problems, so it is mainly exercising chess intuition. On chesstempo.com I do the non-timed where I am focused ...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/tactics-trainer-as-a-tool-for-improvementWed, 28 Apr 2010 11:40:05 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/tactics-trainer-as-a-tool-for-improvementSecret of the Russian Chess SchoolIn the book Developing Chess Talent there is an interview with David Bronstein where he states many interesting things, one of which is "The secret of the Russian Chess School is that we studied a position until it's very end". Other quotes and ...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/secret-of-the-russian-chess-schoolSat, 10 Apr 2010 14:18:00 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/secret-of-the-russian-chess-schoolYet another suggested method for studying annotated gamesThis method is suggested in the book Developing Chess Talent. The website for the book is http://www.chesstalent.com/.  1. Play through the game and try to understand the comments. Write down moves and comments that you don't understand and pre...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/yet-another-suggested-method-for-studying-annotated-gamesThu, 08 Apr 2010 00:44:26 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/yet-another-suggested-method-for-studying-annotated-gamesVarious Pawn Positions in the CenterI have been working through this chapter of the Keres & Kotov book The Art of the Middle Game. Having just started the section on mobile centers, we are greeted with a position from the game Konstantinopolsky - Kotov.            ...http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/various-pawn-positions-in-the-centerMon, 05 Apr 2010 00:37:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/snits/various-pawn-positions-in-the-center