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  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 4

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? This series is all about dreams (okay, it’s also about imbalances and patterns), and it’s presented in a question-and-answer format. Some of the positions w... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 3

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? For those that want the full introductory prose, please go to part one of this series. For the busy masses who have things to do and places to go, here’s a nutshe... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 2

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? For those that want the full introductory prose, please go to part one of this series. For the busy masses who have things to do and places to go, here’s a nutshell ex... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success

    In general, most players view imbalances as positional commodities. However, though that’s certainly true, one also has to learn to recognize dynamic and tactical imbalances. To be a good player, you need to learn as many tactical and posi... | 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


    • Lucena Position

      I've been brushing up on my endgame.  These puzzles are courtosy of Silman's "Reassess your chess" Engame 101: Lucena position | Read More

      • flatseven
      • | Mar 22, 2015
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    • Bobby Fischer (Eleventh World Chess Champion) Bio

      Bobby Fischer Eleventh World Chess Champion     Bobby Fischer was the eleventh World Chess Champion. He was born March 9th 1943 in Chicago, Illinois and died January 17, 2008. Fischer was an American chess prodigy and grandmaster. He held ... | Read More

      • Apache15
      • | Mar 14, 2015
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    • February 2015 Training Recap

      USCF Rating: 1658 Year to date: +128 I continued my beginning of the year training momentum into February, following my revised study plan that I put together for the first quarter of the year. In my tracking chart, pictured below, everyt... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Mar 8, 2015
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    • Beware the chess.com bottom feeder: jpeaceman

      It was a pretty good weekend for some chess, or so I thought.  Well, who am I kidding, it's always a good day for chess!  I noticed I had a few people on my friends list that were online at the time I logged on to chess.com.  Well, let's hit '... | Read More

    • Learning to play Chess: Weekly Analysis #2

      I have no idea what book this is from, its just a quote that I like (and seems to be true.)   In my continuing effort to learn chess, I have decided to focus  on some of the more important overarching study topics. Things like tactics, avoi... | Read More


  • Carlsen-Anand: Prediction Time!

    This Saturday the World Championship Match starts in Sochi. Most chess fans think that Magnus Carlsen will keep his title, but what about the experts?  In our first preview we listed the match schedule and basics, and then we gave... | Read More

  • 2012 Holiday Puzzler Answers and Winners

    Many thanks to all the Chess.com members who entered the 2012 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler! There were 18 chess related questions, and a total of 29 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? As always the standard of entries was excelle... | Read More

  • Appreciation

    Dear Chesscom Community -I have some bad news: There is a very good chance that one of our beloved and long-standing Chess.com Columnists will no longer be writing for our site. World renowned chess author, International Master Jeremy Sil... | Read More

  • 2009 Holiday Puzzler Answers And Winners

    So how well did you do in the 2009 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? The standard of entries was extremely high, and Chess.com would like to ... | Read More

  • IM Jeremy Silman Joins Chess.com Columnists

    Chess.com is sorry to see IM Andrew Martin move on. His "Your Questions Answered" columns have been extremely good and well-appreciated here. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We are lucky to welcome another excellent columnist to ... | Read More

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  • 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 »

  • Tactical Devices

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    Hi, this is Chessking47 writing on tactical devices. I guess you know the basic forks, pins, and skewers, but there are more. First of all, the Clearance Sacrifice.  You might love to play a powerful move, but can't because one of your pieces a... Read More »

  • Alekhine's Gun

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    When two rooks are in front of a queen on a file, it is called Alekine's Gun. It is called this because Alekhine used this strategy against Nimzovich in a known game. Idea from "The Complete Book of Chess Strategy" by IM Jeremy Silman Read More »