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  • 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

  • The Top 6 Titled Tuesday Tactics

    Six Titled Tuesday tournaments are in the books, and the seventh is scheduled for today as the event moves to the first Tuesday of the month.  After thousands of master games, tightly packed leaderboards, and thrilling finishes, these event... | Read More

  • The Illegal Move That Wrecked A Chess Career

    The summer of 1992 was the most memorable time of my chess career. Our team just took silver medal at the 30th Chess Olympiad in Manila and I felt like I was on the top of the world. That Olympiad deserves a separate article, since I am absolutely... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen's Best Endgame Wins

    Last week, we dissected Magnus Carlsen's positional mastery by examining two of his finest strategic victories. However, modern chess demands universality, and it is impossible to become world champion and attain the highest rating in history thro... | Read More

  • How To Play The Najdorf Against The Adams Attack

    In Playing Against The Najdorf: The Adams Attack, we saw how an obscure small move (6.h3) was developed as an answer to another small move (5...a6 -- the Najdorf), which had, paradoxically, become the most popular opening in chess. The so-called... | Read More


    • Another Great Puzzle!

      This is another amazing puzzle on Tactics Trainer that I liked (but also failed). | Read More

    • Learning to Play Chess: First USCF Rated Event

      This weekend I was able to compete in my first ever USCF Rated Event. It was called the Quad 45, and was 3 rounds of 45/5 games. I was excited to see what competitive chess was all about, and it was fun to get to play in a serious environment. My... | Read More

    • Sacrifice...or Die

      A game in which I tried an experiment (avoiding castling in order to use the half-open h-file), got in trouble (deservedly, O-O was better than Kf1 objectively), but when my opponent failed to make a sacrifice at a pivotal point the tables turned.... | Read More

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      • | Feb 21, 2015
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    • I am excited for Chess.com V3!

      Hey Guys! I've seen many of you posting about Chess.com Version 3 (v3) in the official blog post! Some of you are not big fans of what v3 will look like, about some features being removed and also about the idea of re-learning chess.com all over... | Read More

      • ChessKingT
      • | Feb 12, 2015
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    • Interlude

      Having spent 4 training sessions with my IM trainer, I already can feel a slight improvement in the way that I play. I understand my openings a bit better, and my evaluation of middle game positions are more sound. Granted, I may not have the time... | Read More


  • Second Straight 3-Way Tie At Titled Tuesday

    The more things change at Chess.com's Titled Tuesday, the more they stay the same. Despite switching to the first Tuesday of the month, three players ended with 7.5/9 for the second straight week to again share first place in Chess.com's mo... | Read More

  • Nation's Top Chess Kids to Battle in Online Invitational

    16 of the U.S.A.'s top young chess talents will be participating in two new invitational competitions June 8-10: the Chesskid.com U.S. under-12 Invitational and the Chesskid.com U.S. under-8 Invitational. The matches will be covered via internet s... | Read More

  • Computer Workout 2.0

    Today I'd like to unveil what will be an extremely valuable training tool for those who choose to make use of it: Computer Workout. What? You've seen it before? Tried it before? No way! This is a 90% "completely" new Computer Workout, redesigned ... | Read More

  • Chess.com iPhone App - Available Now!

    Chess.com has finally released it’s iPhone app! Featuring player vs. player games, play vs. computer, and chess training tools, this free app will allow more than 1 million Chess.com members access to free online play, and will allow all use... | Read More

  • Building Chess.com: Part 11 - Reaching Out

    When we started Chess.com about 2 year ago we began with one simple idea: make this a website for the MEMBERS. Have the members tell us what they want, and then create the best possible online experience. And we have been running hard at that idea... | Read More

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    • | Apr 1, 2008
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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 »

  • Aagaard, Jacob

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    Jacob Aagaard Madsen, born July 31, 1973, is a Grandmaster (2005) originally from Denmark, but now living in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is usually referred to simply as Jacob Aagaard. He finished 2nd in the 111th Scottish Championship in 2004.  He... 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 »