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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 18, 2014

    In life, improvement is usually achieved by proceeding along the triangle "->Learn->Practice->Test->". In chess, this is "->Study->Play->Get Feedback->". Leave something out of the loop and you get diminishing returns. Thi... | Read More

  • Punishing Unsound Openings

    Unsurprisingly, one of my favorite movies of all time is Searching for Bobby Fischer (I know - the things you find out about me!). Hollywood-style dramatizations of chess games aside, the film is extremely well-made, featuring a thoughtful ex... | Read More

  • Introduction to My Friday Columns

    Hello everyone! It is an honor and a pleasure to be the new Friday columnist for Chess.com. Chess and writing are two of my greatest passions, and I am very excited to be able to combine them on a weekly basis. I cannot wait to start analyzing gam... | Read More

  • Modern day analysis – working with the computer

    Modern day analysis – working with the computer  In this article I will expand on some ideas that were presented when I wrote about preparing your opening repertoire. Many chess players have no clue on how to use the machine to their benef... | Read More

  • How to Turbo-Charge Your Game

    Every chess player dreams of improving his game. He might simply want to smash his friends. He might want that 1200 rating to turn into a 1600 rating. Or he might be sick and tired of not knowing why he lost games X, Y, and Z. Study certainly help... | Read More


    • Bird Opening: Wagner-Zwitersch Gambit

      The Bird opening (1.f4) as such is no part of my standard opening repertoire. When my opponent in a TM answered me with the symmetrical 1. ..f5, this gave me the perfect opportunity to give up a pawn (2.e4), and enter the Wagner-Zwitersch Gambit. ... | Read More

      • Ultraman81
      • | Jul 8, 2014
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    • Winning Tips

      Style of play Play for king attacks! The opponents king is the most vulnerable piece to attack. You could be down on material, and have your position blown apart, but if you mate your opponent's king you will have won the game. The opponent ... | Read More

      • PRINCESTER
      • | Jul 3, 2014
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    • New trends in chess according to Dubai World rapid and blitz championship. First part.

      Magnus Carlsen won both championships. He was lucky, but the strongest players have usually more luck anyway. This tournament was unique, because in short time of period it provided so many games between top players. In circumstances where player... | Read More

      • Malev212
      • | Jun 25, 2014
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    • How to develop an opening repertoire

      Introduction: There are many posts that go about creating an opening repertoire. But mostly it's suggesting what opening one should play. But how to develop and record your opening repertoire? I have looked at multiple sources and I will describ... | Read More

      • MonkeyH
      • | Jun 21, 2014
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    • Chess.com University's Chess 024 Course Now Available in Independent Study Format

      Chess.com University's Chess 024: Opening Repertoire for 1500-1800 ELO Players Part 1, Black vs. 1.e4 course is now available in independent-study format! The live course, which ended recently, taught students a "dragonish" opening repertoire vs.... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Jun 21, 2014
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  • Nakamura Atop Sinquefield Quartet

    Hometown GM Hikaru Nakamura is protecting his turf perfectly so far at the first Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, but today he wrestled for the win instead of unwrapping any gifts. A game of swings with fellow American GM Gata Kamsky ended with the ... | Read More

  • Zurich Chess Challenge Round 3

    Vladimir Kramnik continued his strategy of avoiding his normal opening repertoire in dramatic fashion in round 3 of the Zurich Chess Challenge. Kramnik surprised the audience, commentators and his opponent Fabiano Caruana by playing the dynamic B... | Read More

  • 2010 Holiday Puzzler Answers and Winners

    How well did you do in the 2010 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler? There were 20 chess related questions, and a total of 32 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? Despite the questions being harder this year, the standard of entries was ... | Read More

  • Kasparov's Interview!

    One of the most anticipated publishing events of the year is the release of the new book by Garry Kasparov. Published by Everyman Chess, it is the second volume in the series entitled Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess. On Monday, September 29, 2008,... | Read More

  • Topalov Leads At Halfway Point In Bilbao

    After another day of tense struggles in Bilbao, all games in round 5 were drawn to leave Veselin Topalov (pictured) top of the standings at the halfway point of this ultra-powerful tournament. The pick of the day's games again featured young Mag... | Read More



  • King's Gambit

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    The King's Gambit is a chess opening characterised by very lively and aggresive play which is the case for most gambits. It has been very popular in the 19th century, the era of romatic chess, where attacking chess was at his peak. Nowdays it is ... 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. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

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    King's Indian Defense belongs to the Indian Defense family of openings and is characterised by the early fianchetoeing of the black dark-squared bishop on g7. It is a sharp opening and it has always been a very popular choice for black ever ... Read More »

  • scholar's mate on f7,f2

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    Scholar's mate is easy to remember-1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qxf7#. Is it easy to defend? Yes! Come back on 'More Ways To Win'. This is a bad opening, don't play it. It's only for beginners. Read More »