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  • Play Chess Online With Your Pets

    Are you tired of the same old game of fetch? Running low on filthy, chewed-up tennis balls? Wouldn’t it be nice to play something a bit more intellectually challenging with your pets? Thanks to groundbreaking new technology invented by C... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 4

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? This series is all about dreams (okay, it’s also about imbalances and patterns), and it’s presented in a question-and-answer format. Some of the positions w... | Read More

  • What’s The Best Place To Play Chess?

    There are a lot of options for the best place to play chess. Perhaps it’s in a large tournament, or even the world championship match, with millions of dollars on the line, and your opponent just blundered.  Maybe it’s ju... | Read More

  • Using The Chess Saw

    "We have to play by the !@#$ rules!" -- Amanda Young, Saw II. In last week's article, we discussed a dangerous strategic concept, the saw. So, what should you do if your opponent turns it against you? Well, as Amanda put it, you should ... | Read More

  • The King Hunt, Revealed

    To me, the term king hunt invariably conjures up an image of a bygone era, when chess was played over coffee and cigars at the Café de la Régence. With defensive tenacity largely considered a hindrance to the game's beauty, spec... | Read More


    • Tactics Trainer Well Drunk

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    • Very hard chess puzzle

      Hey! This is a cool chess puzzle. I showed my friend insanityfiler, and now I would like to show you guys. It is hard though: No using the hint button. If you get it wrong, treat it like the tactics trainer: No do overs. See if you can do this. ... | Read More

      • logozar
      • | Mar 30, 2015
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    • Can you handle this hard chess puzzle?

      Do you think you are good at chess?   You can not become level master unless you solve this puzzle No using the hint button. If you get it wrong, treat it like the tactics trainer: No do overs. See if you can do this. This puzzle was sh... | Read More

    • Why Tactic Trainer's rating system needs fixing

      Apart from letting me play for free on their site ;), I have one real grudge with chess.com, and that's the Tactics Trainer rating system. I have voiced my discontent before, and proposed an easy solution to the problem. Recently I've entered in... | Read More

      • cailleach
      • | Mar 21, 2015
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    • Tactics Trainer 2

      This is another great puzzle! What a checkmate... The tactic: http://www.chess.com/tactics/?id=33057 | Read More


  • Second Straight 3-Way Tie At Titled Tuesday

    NEXT TITLED TUESDAY ON APRIL 7TH! TITLED PLAYERS SIGNUP IN LIVE CHESS ON THE DAY OF TOURNAMENT (REGISTRATION OPENS 1 HOUR BEFORE ROUND 1) The more things change at Chess.com's Titled Tuesday, the more they stay the same. Despite swit... | 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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  • 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 »