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  • How To Play The Chinese Dragon

    In the early 21st century, a new permutation of the evergreen Sicilian Dragon appeared: rather than place the queen's rook, obviously, on the open c-file, to put it instead on the closed b-file, supporting an advance of the b-pawn: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3... | Read More

  • The World Champions' Favorite Sacrifice

    There is a positional sacrifice that is quite popular in the games of top players, particularly world champions. It works like this: you have your rook on an open file and you have an outpost there. (I hope most of our readers remember that an o... | Read More

  • The 7 Best Upcoming Chess.com Events

    Chess fans have a lot to look forward to at Chess.com. If you like big-time chess events, you're going to love this spring.  Yesterday, a charity fundraising simul hosted by world-number-nine GM Anish Giri online on Chess.com's ... | Read More

  • Max and Dorothea

      Le Roi jouant avec La Reine(Max Ernst, 1944) called "The King of Chess" in "Chess Review's" coverage of theImagery of Chess  "The King Playing With the Queen" was originally a wire-reinforced plaster sculpture  painted a homogenous blue.... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Think When Playing A Grandmaster

    [UPDATE: You can play GM Anish Giri and support the Nepal earthquake recovery effort. Details here.] My first game of online chess was against a grandmaster. Decades ago, I had signed up for a now-defunct website, and logged in to play for my ... | Read More


    • Cry Havoc and Loose the War Chickens!!! Team Chess.com Scores big in the World Open

      We warned them, but they didn’t tie down their chickens.  Reeling from the heavy losses on day 2, Team Chess.com was looking for blood with the same tenacity as an angry Left Shark.    Chess.com’s amateur team, M... | Read More

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      • | Jul 3, 2015
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    • A R Rahman

      A. R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist. Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, his works are notable for integrating Eastern c... | Read More

      • soniyaa
      • | Jul 2, 2015
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    • The WO Strikes Back!!! Chess.com Invades the World Open!!!

      In a day of replete and utter ignominy, Team Chess.com went 0-4.  Believe me, there was some teeth gnashing, some crying in the hotel lobby, some talk of a kickstarter campaign to pay for a memorial to our World Open tournament hopes and drea... | Read More

      • shaun
      • | Jul 2, 2015
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    • Creating and Exploiting Targets - Part 2

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome back to part 2 where we'll continue training your Nose to Sniff-Out TARGETS to use as Focal Points of attack.  It's Your Mission in chess to find Exploitable Weaknesses, either a pawn or a piece, that can be attacked mu... | Read More

    • Tie Down Your Chickens!!! Chess.com’s Support Team Invades the World Open

      With my skills sharpened in the vicious chatrooms of the Melik and Me Show and my head brimming with new knowledge from the Official Tutor of Chess.com himself, GM Melikset Khachiyan, I'm ready to take on the world (open)—and I'm not al... | Read More

      • shaun
      • | Jul 1, 2015
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Video Lessons



  • Modern Benoni

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    The Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns... Read More »

  • Minor Pieces Checkmates

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    MINOR Pieces Are Rarely used for mate  It sometimes only used for support mate Im gonna serve you with some puzzle in a position where king is in the Corner/Edge of the board and , we got a few minor pieces(Bishop, Knight, and maybe a Pawn) I thi... 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 »

  • Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

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    The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 whe... Read More »

  • Krylenko, Nikolai

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    Nikolai Krylenko (1885-1938) was a chess enthusiast responsible for persuading the Soviet government to support chess.  He was Commissar for War in the first Bolshevik government, then Commander-in-Chief of the Russian armed forces, chief pro... Read More »