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  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game

    Chess.com member Nietsoj wrote: “I read your recent post where you answered a question about aiming for a 2000 rating. Just as so many other amateur players, I have the same goal, and I am wondering what a realistic training program would look ... | Read More

  • Alekhine's Defense: World Champion Openings

    Alexander Alekhine won the title from Jose Raul Capablanca in their 1927 match. The Franco-Russian master had an unusually wide opening repertoire compared to the earlier champions, and he loved to experiment with different openings. So while A... | Read More

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician Chess.com member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

  • The Modern Immortal By Wei Yi

    On March 1, 2013, at the age of 13 years and 8 months, Chinese super-talent Wei Yi earned his final grandmaster norm at the Reykjavik Open. I was deeply impressed by his games from the event, especially by his 33-move victory against Maxime Vachie... | Read More

  • Steinitz Defense: World Champion Openings

    Opening choice is a very complicated subject, bound up not just in questions of chess theory and principles, but also in individual personality and style, and even the current state of society. When picking an opening today you need to consider ... | Read More


    • Fischer Destroys Fischer

      This article is a continuation of a a previous one (Fischer Destroys the Najdorf) so If you didn't read it I recommend you to see it to better understand this new one. The biggest problem that every chess player face in creating an opening repert... | Read More

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    • Levon Aronian Wins the 3rd Annual Sinquefield Cup

      The 2015 inaugural Grand Chess Tour features three tournaments including Norway Chess, Sinquefield Cup and London Chess Classic. The Grand Chess Tour has quickly established itself as the premier chess circuit in the world, featuring 10 of the top... | Read More

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    • Looking for a partner

      Hello to all chess friends here on chess.com. I’m an Italian player, around 2050 FIDE ELO, 51 years old, living with my family in Padova and enjoying chess in my limited spare time. I’m looking for one or two chess partners/pals (male or fem... | Read More

    • Fischer Destroys the Najdorf

      Bobby Fischer is a LEGEND, nobody denies it. But, why? I guess it's a mixture of his great play on the board and his eccentricity outside it. As a coach, his great play is what most interests me. One of his unquesti... | Read More

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      • | Aug 18, 2015
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    • Live 960 implemented in v.3 of web client

      Chess960 took a step toward full acceptance when the largest Internet chess server — chess dot com, with 11 million members — implemented real-time chess960 in version 3 of its web and Android clients. Until v.3, 960 play a... | Read More




  • Mark's Opening

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    Mark's Opening is a chess opening characterized by the moves 1   d4  Nf6 2 Nc3   d5 3 Bf4   This position can also be reached by transposition (the move order isn't important). The advantages of the opening include fast piece develo... Read More »

  • The Four Knights Opening

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    The Four Knights is one of the most popular openings in the world. It has been used millions of times by amateurs and grandmasters alike. The Four Knights opening is fairly simple, starting with 1. e4 e5, then bringing the four knights out onto th... Read More »

  • Black Knight's Tango

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    The Black Knights' Tango (also known as the Mexican Defense or Kevitz–Trajkovic Defense) is a chess opening beginning with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 Nc6This position can also be reached by transposition, for example 1.c4 Nf6, 1.d4 ... Read More »

  • Modern Benoni

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    The Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns... Read More »

  • Old Indian Defense

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    The Old Indian Defense is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 d6This opening is distinguished from the King's Indian Defense by Black developing his king's bishop on e7 rather than the fianchetto at g7. Mikhail Chigo... Read More »