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  • Chess At Baba Olga's Cafe

    How is chess meant to be played? If you are a serious tournament player -- especially in the U.S.-- when you think of a tournament you might picture sterile, brightly lit ballrooms in hotels. You might picture cramped spaces and crowding. Is th... | 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

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

  • How To Play The Najdorf Against The Adams Attack

    In Playing Against The Najdorf: The Adams Attack, we saw how an obscure small move (6.h3) was developed as an answer to another small move (5...a6 -- the Najdorf), which had, paradoxically, become the most popular opening in chess. The so-called... | Read More

  • Mastering Squares, Part 6

    In our study of squares we’ve looked mainly at amateur games and how a “tiny” thing like a square is often ignored, while tactics, threats and attacks are always part of the amateur’s mind. This brings up an interesting q... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 03.06.2015 - day 86

      Woman World Champion Susan Polgar beat World Champion Anatoly Karpov in a blitz game in Roquebrune in 1992: White to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Garry Kasparov won against Alfredo Rosich Valles in a simul in Barcelona in 1988: Bl... | Read More

    • Chess960 SP563

      This game was analysed with the newest Stockfish engine. More details about the game can be found in my main blog at http://chessdrifter.blogspot.fi/. There you can find 475 analysed chess games and over 800 puzzles, please go check that out. The ... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 03.05.2015 - day 85

      World Champion Anatoly Karpov beat Grandmaster Rainer Knaak in Berlin in 1988: White to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Magnus Carlsen won against Hans Krogh Harestad in Copenhagen in the 25th Politiken Cup in 2003: White to move and... | Read More

    • Another puzzle

      I know I make a lot of puzzles but, I like making them so heres another | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 03.04.2015 - day 84

      World Champion Anatoly Karpov beat Damien Marty in a simul in Zurich in 1988: White to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Garry Kasparov won against John Van der Wiel in Brussels in 1987: Black to move and checkmates in 4: Our reader ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Mating Net

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    This article is in relation to Mating Patterns Parts 1 and 2. If you didn't read those yet, please do so before reading this. When you are attacking your opponent's king, the normal reaction is to check as much as possible. It gives you a feeling... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »

  • Puzzles

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    some good puzzles   oh and for the one above there are other variations some including interesting mates Read More »

  • Polgar, Susan

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    Susan Polgar, born Zsuzsanna Polgar in Budapest, Hungary, was the oldest of three sisters, Judit and Sophia Polgar. She discovered the game purely by accident when she was not quite four years old. She had been rummaging around in a closet looking... Read More »

  • Loyd, Sam

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    Sam Loyd (1841-1911) was the most famous American chess composer.  He was 14 when his first chess problem was published by a New York newspaper.  As a 16 year old, he served with Paul Morphy as a contributor to Chess Monthly.  When ... Read More »