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  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Tactics!

    Do you find yourself getting a good position only to spoil it by missing a simple tactic?  How about getting a promising attack but failing to find a forced mate or win of material?  I hope these five simple tips will help to sharpen your tacti... | Read More

  • How To Play The Mar del Plata

    Dear readers: I will be continuing to cover opening variations in my column, but a slight shift will be made. Rather than looking at the historical developments of whole openings, I will be covering specific lines -- and not as much from a histori... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations: Historic Attacks

    This new series is all about attacking chess, combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny bit... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Need For Real-World Chess

    We already know that you can take Chess.com and its mobile app to play chess anywhere, but sometimes there’s nothing like playing on a real board with real pieces. If you’re lucky, you can try your hand at giant bullet chess, but eve... | Read More

  • Beat The Symmetry!

    Last week, we discussed that in good hands a symmetrical position can be a very dangerous weapon. But judging by my own experience, it is more common that chess players try to use symmetry to achieve a draw playing against stronger opponent or whe... | Read More


    • Sicilian Defense Against the Portsmouth Gambit

      Hello Chess Fans, This article is for those who regularly play the Sicilian Defense against 1.e4.  A lesser known sideline of the Sicilian Wing Gambit called The Portsmouth Gambit.  Their website touts "Quick wins for White" and I mean quick.... | Read More

    • Sicilian Defense Against the Wing Gambit

        Hello Chess Fans, SURPRISE!!  If you're a Sicilian Defense player - be prepared to be "Taken Out of Book" when you come across this Anti-Sicilian Opening - The Wing Gambit. It has tricks and traps you may not be aware of that we'll review to... | Read More

    • Staff Profiles: Shaun

      This is the second in a series of posts to help people get to know the Chess.com Team a bit better! Today, we catch up with Shaun McCoy, aka... Shaun! Where do you live? I make my living on the mean streets of South Carolina.  It’s a roug... | Read More

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      • | Apr 27, 2015
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    • Nona Gaprindashvili. A Bow to the Veterans, part 1

      Excerpt from Gaprindashvili's book I Prefer Risk (Предпочитаю риск). A Bow to the Veterans The first woman world champion Vera Menchik was tragically killed on 27th June 1944 during the Nazi bombing of London. After Alexander Ale... | Read More

    • Beginning of chess year

      Most tournaments in our city are concentrated in winter. The first months of the year (January – March) is the only opportunity for me to play a lot of OTB chess. This year the list of tournaments was not so rich. Despite of this I played in mai... | Read More

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      • | Apr 27, 2015
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  • 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 »

  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • Castling

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    Castling is the only time in the game when more than one piece may be moved during a turn.  Castling can only occur if there are no pieces standing between the king and the rook.  Neither king nor rook may have moved from its original position.... Read More »

  • 2 rooks checkmate

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    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • kings cryochaber

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    well, lets continue what we were at- more ways to win. well, the topics kings cryochaber. the topic means, of course, the positive way of attackind and defending kings. So go along wth the moves: e4 e5 ng3 nf6 (the next moves carries your own gam... Read More »