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  • Tactics Or Positional Play? The Ladies Return!

    I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... | Read More

  • Tactics Or Positional Play? The Ladies Teach Chess

    I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... | Read More

  • Mastering Squares, Part 7

    As I’ve often said, when mastering a new concept it’s important to first study the concept’s basic nuts and bolts, look at all variations of that concept, and finally go over hundreds (even better is thousands) of games featuring... | Read More

  • The Top 6 Titled Tuesday Tactics

    Six Titled Tuesday tournaments are in the books, and the seventh is scheduled for today as the event moves to the first Tuesday of the month.  After thousands of master games, tightly packed leaderboards, and thrilling finishes, these event... | Read More

  • A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend!

    Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master. A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More


    • Disagreeing with Silman: The argument against studying master games

      Before I say anything, I want to start by saying that I deeply respect IM Jeremy Silman as he was instrumental to my chess development very early. His works How to Reassess your Chess and Reassess your Chess workbook helped to make me think critic... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | May 27, 2015
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    • How to stop thinking too hard about your chess mistakes?

      Normally it is important to learn from your mistakes.Mistakes serve too much learning process that may waste your time and thus your life.Therefore,learning how to study hard firstly if you are a beginner is much important than listening to your m... | Read More

    • How I came to play chess (Part 2)

      On the whole six year olds "back in the day" were a lot more hardy than they are today.  We had no computers, no 24 hour childrens tv channels, no mobile phones,  indeed at that age in the 1970's to use the house phone (if you were lucky enough ... | Read More

    • Studying Masters Leads to a Bullet Win

      So, why study Master games? They give us ideas into how to play the game of chess. I think this is especially true of the old Masters, the ones from the turn of the century and before. The ideas were clearer, theory not as developed and the game w... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | May 16, 2015
      • | 257 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Typical mistake: studying the opening wrong (and too much!)

      When we play a game and we find ourselves lost for plans, we often try to solve this problem by studying the opening of that game.   This is not the best way to study this!   By "study", see if you can relate to any of the following: You st... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | May 10, 2015
      • | 2097 views
      • | 9 comments

  • Tata Steel 2013 Round 1

    The 2013 Tata Steel Chess is taking place from 12-27 January in Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. This famous annual tournament has three separate single round-robin competitions, the A, B, and C Groups, each featuring 14 players. The strongest t... | Read More

  • Acropolis 2008: Fire On Board!

    Want to see some EXCITING (that is, NOT BORING) grandmaster games? Check out live coverage of the Acropolis 2008 tournament in Athens, Greece  >>Here<< (Tournament continues until Sunday, August 17, 2008)I've been following Chess.... | Read More

  • Building Chess.com: Part 9 - Opening to Middlegame

    It was three years ago that I first thought that the world needed a global chess community and set my eyes on Chess.com as the home for that community. Then in June 2007, after more than 2 years of work, Chess.com was opened to the public. It was ... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Jan 20, 2008
    • | 5002 reads
    • | Misc
  • Inside Interview w/ CHESSMASTER Development Team!

    With the release of the new CHESSMASTER less than a week away, we wanted to get some insights into the new program and the thought that went into it. We were lucky enough to interview two managers of the development team about the upcoming release... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Oct 19, 2007
    • | 2944 reads
    • | Misc

Video Lessons



  • Dake, Arthur

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    Arthur W. Dake (1910-2000) became a bridge toll collector, then a highway auto controller, and finally an automobile inspector for the state of Oregon after serving in the merchant marines when he was 16.  He learned how to play chess at age 17 ... Read More »

  • Acers, Jude Frazer

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    Jude Acers was born in Long Beach on April 6, 1944.  He is a U.S. senior chess master living in New Orleans who has set several world record simultaneous exhibition records.  He learned to play chess at age 7 and was a master at age 17.  In 1... Read More »

  • Najdorf, Miguel

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    Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) was a Polish-born player who stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of World War II and became a naturalized citizen of Argentina five years later.  Najdorf escaped the Holocaust, but he lost his wife, child, parents an... Read More »

  • Saemisch, Friedrich

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    Friedrich Saemisch (1896-1975) was born in Berlin, he was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1950.  In 1921, he won the first Austrian chess championship.  Loser of more games of chess on time than any other master.  In 1959 at L... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »