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  • Old Times

         The style of journalistic writing from over a half century ago is somewhat different than that of today, in some ways perhaps a bit harder to read but in other ways more enjoyable. Looking through old "Time" magazines is also enjoyable a... | Read More

  • Insane, Surprising, or Beautiful Finishes, Part 3

    My last article didn’t have any chess puzzles, which I know Chess.com readers enjoy. To make up for that, we’ll have a simple article this week composed entirely of puzzles. And, as I did in Part 2 of this series, all examples will be ... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 7

    The topic of how to play against hanging pawns have been examined  in numerous books. There are plenty of classical examples from the past showing the effective methods of exploiting the weaknesses of the hanging pawns. These pawns are weak b... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: Semi-Smothered Mate

    The combination we are going to discuss today happens mostly in openings. The key features of the pattern are: The opponent's king is surrounded by his own pieces that block all the escape squares except two. Your bishop covers two remaining ... | Read More

  • My Bookshelf: "Larsen's Selected Games of Chess"

    A reader commented on my last article asking to review Larsen’s Selected Games of Chess, and I thought it would be a good idea, because this is one of my favorite books. Bent Larsen was a Danish grandmaster and – being a few years ... | Read More

    • i love you in many language

      English - I love you Afrikaans - Ek het jou lief Albanian - Te dua Arabic - Ana behibak (to male) Arabic - Ana behibek (to female) Armenian - Yes kez sirumen Bambara - M'bi fe Bangla - Aamee tuma ke bhalo aashi Belarusian - Ya tabe kahayu Bisaya -... | Read More

      • koorjani
      • | Apr 16, 2014
    • This is why i HATE TIMETROUBLE

      Here 30 min. ago I played a small danish tournament. I played a higher seedet and had a winning position, than threw it away. Then i got it again in the endgame, but i were too low on time   | Read More

    • Danish Gambit 101 - Part 2

      The Danish Gambit Schlechter Defense cont. In the first part we looked at the Danish Gambit declined, the main ideas of this opening and some things from the Schlechter Defense. Now we're going to finish with it. The position we reached was: ... | Read More

      • Seagull87
      • | Mar 4, 2014
    • Danish Gambit 101 - Part 1

      The Danish Gambit Introduction   If you are rated below 1500 and like to play positionally, chances are you haven't heard about the Danish Gambit. This is a hyperaggresive opening and that means it doesn't suit everybody's style. Why? Because ... | Read More

      • Seagull87
      • | Mar 3, 2014
    • Thanks

      I like to thank my opponent when a game ends, especially a live game. And while chess.com is an English-language website managed in the USA, we all know that the chess players on here are an international community. This is one of the many things ... | Read More

      • evanvwk
      • | Feb 28, 2014

Video Lessons

  • Harwitz bishops

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    Harrwitz bishops (named after Daniel Harrwitz (1823-1884)) are bishops that occupy ajacent diagonals. For example, White has Harrwitz bishops in the Danish Gambit. They can be very good attackers, especially in the middlegame. They are also know... Read More »

  • 1935 in chess

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    In 1935, the magazine CHESS was founded by B.H. Wood in Sutton Coldfield. In January 1935, Isaac Kashdan and A. Kupchik tied for 1st in the Manhattan Chess Club championship.  After dividing the prize money, they played one game to decide the Cl... Read More »

  • Larsen, Bent

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    Bent Jorgen Larsen, born March 4, 1935, is a Danish Grandmaster (1956) who now lives in Buenos Aires with his Argentinean wife. In 1954 at the age of 19, he won the Danish championship and became an International Master.  Larsen won the Danis... Read More »

  • Zukertort, Johannes

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    Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888) was a chess master, physician, pianist, magazine editor, music critic, linguist, swordsman and marksman.  He was fluent in   English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Sa... Read More »

  • Fiske, Daniel Willard

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    Daniel Willard Fiske was born in New York in 1831.  From 1852 to 1859, he was the librarian to the Astor Library in Manhattan.  In 1857, he was the champion of the New York Chess Club.  He organized the First American Congress in 18... Read More »