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  • 5 Dumb Things Chess Players Say

    Last week, we had some fun discussing dumb things your non-chess friends say about the game. In chess as in life, turnabout is fair play. It's time to laugh at the silly things chess players themselves say -- and there's certainly no shortage of... | Read More

  • The Evans Gambit: A History

    This week we turn our attention to one of the most swashbuckling of openings: the Evans Gambit. Unlike some other openings whose first use was surrounded by mystery and uncertainty, the origins of the Evans Gambit seem fairly clear. ... | Read More

  • 10 Bad Habits In "Searching For Bobby Fischer"

    It is time for the big national scholastic tournaments here in the U.S., and that means that we are going to witness thousands of kids making similar mistakes on and off the chess board. A clear sign of a person getting older is when he starts c... | Read More

  • Mastering Opposite-Colored Bishops

    As beginners, we are taught a litany of strategic precepts that inform our thought process and shape our general understanding. "Occupy the center," "knights before bishops," "the rook's place is behind the passed pawn" — all of thes... | Read More

  • The Touch Move Rule

    The touch move rule is the most basic rule of tournament chess.  Even people who don't play chess at all know that when a chess player intentionally touches one of his pieces, he must make a move with this piece (of course if such a legal mov... | Read More


    • Long Form Analysis

      This is my plan for long form analysis.   I've developed it from FM CharlyAZ's Hardcore Guide to Analyzing Your Chess Games. Mostly I've paraphrased for clarity and identify for myself a solid timeframe.  Maybe sometime I'll turn it into an a... | Read More

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      • | Apr 16, 2015
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    • Natalia Pogonina: "The race after titles, fame and money is destroying people from the inside&a

      Natalia, my congratulations to you on an inspiring performance! What were your expectations for the Women’s World Chess Championship? The bookmakers didn’t seem to have a lot of confidence in you: one of the companies estimated the odds of y... | Read More

    • An Intro to FM Kostya's Blog

      I've been thinking about starting a consistent blog here on chess.com, but I'm not sure what I should write about..there's a lot about chess that can be explored! I have no concrete reason or incentive, I simply enjoy the process of writing and f... | Read More

    • Ending study

      This is a game played recently I annotated. the egregious blunders aside, it was a very interesting ending/ Queenless Middlegame (R+R+B+N+5 vs R+R+B+N+5).  I follwed some principles incorrectly before looking for alternative moves. My 17 for bl... | Read More

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      • | Apr 13, 2015
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    • Austin Rodney (1170) vs Kevin Rector (1279) 0-1

      This game is from the Urban Knights Classic 2015 played in Little Rock Arkansas March 14, 2015. It was my final round game in my first tournament in 20+ years. Considering that this was my return to tournament chess and I had forgotten almost ev... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Bongcloud Attack

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    The Bongcloud Attack is a dubious opening invented by Graw81, characterised by the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Ke2?!. It aims to either develop the king for an early endgame or get the white king to the other side of the board. It can also be played after o... Read More »

  • Qualities of moves

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    As you can see moves are indicated if good or bad through symbols: These are the symbols: !!- brilliant move !- good move !?- interesting move  ?!- dubious move ?-bad move ??-blunder Many people make blunders like the castling blunder lik... Read More »

  • Impossible!

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    This "Impossible" Checkmate contradicts what many, many chess books say: "You can only checkmate with two knights if you are in the corner and your opponent blunders." It is possible.     You can do it on the side of the board; however, yo... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of Chess.com games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Gunsberg, Isidor Arthur

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    In 1890-1891, Isidor Arthur Gunsberg (1854-1930) played Steinitz for the world’s championship and lost after 4 wins, 9 draws, and 6 losses.  Gunsberg began his chess career as the player inside the chess automaton Mephisto.  H... Read More »