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  • Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

    [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More

  • Your Holiday Chess Buying Guide

    Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits, including better memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and more. (10 Big Benefits of P... | Read More

  • Blunders: A Grandmaster's Perspective

    A few months ago, IM Jeremy Silman wrote an entertaining and highly informative article on why grandmasters blunder. I was particularly impressed with his opening remark: "Over the years I’ve noticed that whenever a grandmaster hang... | Read More

  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales: Polgar vs Silman

    I didn’t intend to write a 4th Cracked Grandmaster Tales article, but so many members asked me to do another that I decided to share a few more (true) stories. I hope you enjoy these as much as you did the others. Be warned: there mig... | Read More

  • The Last Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    This is my third and final Cracked Grandmaster Tales article. Click the links if you haven’t seen Cracked Grandmaster Tales and More Cracked Grandmaster Tales. We’ll start with Najdorf again since some people felt that he wouldn’t resort t... | Read More

    • What makes a game winning Part 1

      I often play games and all I am doing is just developing pieces and trading when it suits me.  I purchased a book by Jeremy Silman called the Amateurs mind and it talks about how you are suppose to win the game by gaining a bunch of small pluses ... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Nov 25, 2015
    • October Training Recap

      USCF Rating: 1661 Year to date: +131 Coming into the final quarter of the year and my chess tournament schedule will be slowing way down, given the relative dearth of slow time control tournaments in my area.  In October I travelled to Dayton ... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Nov 22, 2015
    • The Nerd Club - Introductory Strategy

      This is the blog for the CMT-group chess club. The idea is to teach a bunch of theoretical phycisists how to play chess.Hi guys, and thanks for a good session this thursday! Here I am going to summarize the points that were made last time so that... | Read More

      • Bjarkoff
      • | Nov 22, 2015
    • Influenced by Silman: the tale of a Queen in a pin and a rampaging Knight

      I was never a particularly good player to begin with, but those instructive articles by Silman seem to be paying off. I'm not quite an epitome of an analyst either: aside from a couple variants, I didn't even move the pieces on the board during t... | Read More

    • Blog jetzt mal in Deutsch ist eine tolle Plattform. Selbstverständlich dominiert das englischsprachige, was ich meistens auch gut verstehe, aber nicht immer wirklich gut schreiben kann. Auch im deutschen mache ich sicherlich Rechtschreib- und Grammatikfehler, di... | 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 members who entered the 2012 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 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 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 would like to ... | Read More

  • IM Jeremy Silman Joins Columnists 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

Video Lessons

  • 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 »