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  • The Amazing Chess Illusion

    Most people are fascinated by optical illusions. Indeed it is a very strange feeling that what you see with your own eyes is not exactly what it is. This reminds me of the punchline to the old joke that I already mentioned in this article: "who ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #73: Three vs. Two

    Professor: It's good to see you, class.  The kids didn't say much. A few of them even looked sad.  Professor: Why so pale and wan, if I may ask? Rachel: Well, the semester's coming to an end.  Professor: That's true. But you've all learned... | Read More

  • Overprotection, Decoded

    The concept of overprotection, invented and verbalized by Nimzowitsch in My System, is defined by IM Jeremy Silman as "a strategically important pawn or square that is given more protection than it seemingly needs. Essentially a prophylactic ... | Read More

  • The Paulsen Sicilian: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.  Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Read More

  • A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend!

    Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master. A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More


    • How to beat experts

      So it will probably be misleading if I don't talk about beating experts in different time controls so first of all the key to beating an expert are TACTICS! You probably have heard about them a lot but one can never study enough tactics. I know of... | Read More

      • snsdsace
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    • corin62 vs. lebesgue72: The Polish(Sokolsky) opening: 12/19/14

      Hi! This is a game I played today. My opponent played the Sokolsky opening, which I had only seen once or twice before. Out of the opening, white's b-pawn seemed too advanced for black to tolerate, but somehow, black wasn't able to muster enough a... | Read More

      • lebesgue72
      • | Dec 19, 2014
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    • Here we go again

      I want to thank Jason Oliphant ( at http://www.thegreatpatzer.blogspot.com/) for helping to chisel me out of some sticky amber with his question on whether there is still anyone out there keeping tabs on Adult chess improvement seekers (ACIS) or l... | Read More

    • Prodigy Program - January 2015 Registration Open!

      This is a fully updated article regarding Chess.com University's Prodigy Program. Please read this post in its entirety whether you have already registered for the Prodigy Program or are reading about it for the first time. Most importantly, regis... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Dec 19, 2014
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    • JVQZLUIS vs. lebesgue72: French defense: 12/17/14

      Hi! This is a game I recently played here, live. It's been a while since I've played or posted. There's a deployment of the white bishop in the beginning that I'm unsure of. I wonder if I should have considered queen checks on the e-file more than... | Read More

      • lebesgue72
      • | Dec 17, 2014
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  • decoy

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    Chess games many times are won and lost because of a single tactical move. One of the most common tactics that you will see in any chess game is the decoy. The decoy in chess is finding a poisoned square that your opponent would never want to g... Read More »

  • What You Need to Know Well as a Beginner

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    The Tactics! If you are directed to the wrong page from my profile,please go back. Forks A fork is basically when one piece attacks two. Skewer When one piece attacks a more valuable piece and then a less valuable piece behind it. Pawns can't... Read More »

  • Underpromotion tactics

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    In 90% of the cases pawns are promoted to queens. Sometimes though, it would be better to promote to something else other than a queen, like in the following examples: Here is one that involves promoting to a rook: If you think your skills at ... Read More »

  • Queen's Gambit

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    The Queen's Gambit is the starting position of many respectable chess opening such as the Queen's Gambit Accepted, the Queen's Gambit Declined and the Slav Defence. Black in most cases prefers not to capture the pawn as he cannot keep it without ... Read More »

  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... Read More »