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  • The New #ChessMonday Marathon

    You might have noticed a big change to the Chess.com TV schedule the last few weeks. To bring you the best-possible chess viewing experience, Chess.com launched the #ChessMonday marathon last month, packing each Monday with back-to-back chess show... | Read More

  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More

  • Botvinnik And The Winawer

    After World War Two, the chess world (and the world in general) was abruptly changed. It is very clear that a demarcation line can be placed at 1945 between the old classical chess and modern chess. There were many changes in the chess world aro... | Read More

  • The Anti-Sicilian Without A Name

    Among the less-trodden paths White can follow against the Sicilian Defense is the system with the seemingly paradoxical combination of Nc3 and Bb5. To my knowledge, this variation, unlike most of the other anti-Sicilians, has no name.... | Read More

  • Karpov vs Kasparov: King's Indian Defense

    Garry Kasparov, the 13th world champion, is closely connected to the King's Indian Defense. Indeed, he has created much of the foundation of what the opening is today. Yet, early on in his epic rivalry with Anatoly Karpov, Kasparov restricted hi... | Read More

    • GM Simon Williams Channels Hamlet

      Where are your jokes now? The chess party AND the jokes are on ChessTV, that´s www.chess.com/tv! Get over there NOW for today´s     ChessTV is full of delights for those who crave chess entertainment, and I wanted to draw your attention ... | Read More

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    • Opening Systems

      For chess players who hates memorising opening lines, I recommend you to study some systems. I will give 10 examples of systems here, 5 with Black and 5 with White. 1. The Hedgehog This system is usually used against the Open Variation in the Si... | Read More

      • williamn27
      • | Oct 3, 2015
    • Strategic King's Indian Lessons from So-Nakamura Saint Louis 2015

      I explored the tactical themes from So-Nakamura, Saint Louis 2015 in my blog post.   http://www.chess.com/blog/blohmoremoney/tactical-kings-indian-lessons-from-so-nakamura-saint-louis-2015   I felt it very important to highlight three strategic ... | Read More

    • Tactical King's Indian Lessons from So-Nakamura, Saint Louis 2015

      If you want to play the Black side of the King's Indian then you want to be familiar with the tactical themes illustrated in the King Hunt from So-Nakamura Sinquefield Cup, Saint Louis 2015.   I discovered this game after taking advantage of th... | Read More

    • Finding the balance between passive and active learning

      When we first start learning chess, it feels like there is just so much we need to know. And once we learn one, another comes. Like: develop pieces in the opening, opposition in king and pawn endgames. Then we might even learn some patterns, lik... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | Sep 29, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Yusupov

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    Artur Mayakovich Yusupov (Jussupow in German) was born on February 13, 1960 in Moscow.  He learned the game of chess in 1966 at the age of 6 and trained at the Moscow Young Pioneers’ Palace. In 1977, at the age of 17, he won the World Ju... Read More »

  • Opposition

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    Opposition is a common theme in end-games.Following is an example of opposition: Read More »

  • Ballet

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    The first ballet with a chess theme was Ballet des Echecs, performed for Louis XIV (1638-1715) of France.  A ballet called Checkmate, composed by Sir Arthur Bliss and choreographed by Ninette de Valois in 1937, was performed at the Paris World Ex... Read More »

  • Philately

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    The first philatelic item, a chess cancellation, appeared on a German envelope in 1923.  The first postage stamp depicting a chess motif was issued in Bulgaria in 1947 on the occasion of the Balkan games.  Over 140 countries have issued ... Read More »

  • Art

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    There are at least 20 paintings called "Checkmate."  The first known painting depicting a chess game is kept at the Cappella Palatina in Palermo, Sicily.  It is dated before 1200.  It shows two Arabs seated on the ground w... Read More »