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  • How To Survive A Chess Disaster

    Everyone gets tired from time to time, stress kills, and the periodic brain melt is pretty much impossible to prevent.  — IM Jeremy Silman, Why Do Grandmasters Blunder?  No matter how hard he works, or how strong h... | Read More

  • Light Squares And Black's Magical a-Pawn

    I’ve written several articles that discuss the dynamics of chess teacher and student, and the kinds of things a student should expect from lessons. Though the teacher will give his charge a study program, there is nothing more useful and ins... | Read More

  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game 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

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician 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

  • Chess Lessons Exposed: Never Say 'I Have To'

    This series is about chess lessons and how a chess teacher tries to push key points home. If you are looking for a chess teacher, don’t grab anyone that comes along! Take your time, take a lesson or two from various teachers so you can get... | Read More

    • Silman's challenge: Light-Squares And Black's Magical a-Pawn

      In, Silman suggests we analyse his game before looking at this notes! So here goes... Here's my personal 15 minute analysis. Given a blitz rating of around 1400 that ... | Read More

      • kevintam
      • | Sep 8, 2015
    • Removing the Defender

      Hello Chess Fans,   Welcome back to another episode of Chess Tactics, to develop and challenge your Tactical Vision. In previous articles we covered Pins, Forks, Double Attacks, Discovered Attacks, Clearance, X-Ray, Interference and Trappi... | Read More

    • How To Get Good at Chess Fast How to Get Good at Chess, Fast By How to Get Good at Chess, Fast Edit: This article was unexpectedly popular, reaching #2 on Hacker News and being linked to on LifeHacker. I plan on returning to competitive chess in the nex... | Read More

      • 1Chessdoc
      • | Sep 6, 2015
    • Should Beginners Play an Opening System?

      "Besides the Colle System, are there other opening systems that you would recommend a beginner to learn?" First, let me differentiate between a regular opening and an opening system. An opening system is one where it doesn't matter what the oppon... | Read More

      • danheisman
      • | Sep 5, 2015
    • Open Ciutat de Badalona (dummies group, not the good one)

      Recently I played my second slow OTB tournament. Instead of having a post for every game, I'll put them all in a single post. This is more for my own reference than to publish them, as there's few interesting in them. You're warned, if you contin... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | Sep 5, 2015

  • 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 »