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  • 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

  • Chess.com: 1 Billion Games Served

    How many games have been played on Chess.com? OK, so maybe Dr. Evil asked for 100 billion, but we're getting there. A billion is a big number. If one game started every second, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly 32 years to get to a billio... | Read More

  • The Four Most Amazing World Championship Blunders

    The chess world gasped when in game six of this year's world championship match, both Carlsen and Anand missed a simple tactical shot 26...Nxe5! (see #10 in the second part of this series). Some reporters even rushed to call it "the bi... | Read More


    • tactics trainer study, #60

      originally found on tactics trainer | Read More

      • biffrod
      • | Dec 12, 2014
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    • Religious comments in Tactics Trainer and other public forums in chess.com

      In general, I have no quarrel with religious people, I think there are lots of bits of wisdom in the bible and other religious texts. However, I feel the public forums, like tactics trainer comments sections in chess.com are no place for promoting... | Read More

      • Forking_A
      • | Dec 10, 2014
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    • tactix trainer analysis board

      So I figured out how to get the moves list scroll on the side of the board in tactics trainer- you zoom out within the window.  Very gratifying to figure that out, but if I didn't, I would still be frustrated by the subtle control which isn't exp... | Read More

      • negotiate
      • | Dec 4, 2014
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    • tactics trainer study, #59

      originally found on tactics trainer full game: | Read More

      • biffrod
      • | Nov 26, 2014
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    • From Patzer to...(2)

      As luck would have it the Virginia Chess Federation's "David Zofchak Memorial Open" would be held in Norfolk over the weekend of November 22,23, 2014. I had played in an open Quad tourney in Virginia Beach back in the spring, a one day thing wher... | 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

    • erik
    • | Apr 1, 2008
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  • Big Release of Features, Bug Fixes, and Upgrades

    We've been cranking away on cool new features, bug fixes, and improvements for the last several weeks and we are adding them all to the site today! Most of the improvements have come from YOUR suggestions and YOUR bug reports! Below is a list ... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Mar 13, 2008
    • | 3251 reads
    • | Misc


  • 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 »