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  • The King's Gambit: A History

    With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come. I now begin a new column co... | Read More

  • Play Magnus App Review

    Review by Christine VanCott Play Magnus is a free chess smartphone app available for Apple iOS (and recently) Android. It includes 99 game levels, training videos, and an interactive tournament feature. The app runs quickly ... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions Finale: Carlsen vs. Anand

    After winning the Mexico City tournament in 2007, Viswanathan Anand had become the world champion. Anand defended his title for a first time by defeating Vladimir Kramnik in the 2008 match held in Bonn, Germany, He again defende... | Read More

  • Can You Mate in 4 or More?

    Professor: Good afternoon, class. A congenial, but less than enthusiastic response was detectable. Professor: The class tournament is coming up, and so I've invited an eighth member to join our group. Lucian: The tournament starts this weekend,... | Read More

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 7

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 year... | Read More


    • Vishy's Brilliancy

      Yesterday, I watched Anand fail to regain his title. I expected Carlsen to win, but I wanted one absolutely brilliant win from Vishy along the way—something to hold Vishy’s head high on the plane home.  Over the board, despite his one win, th... | Read More

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    • chess master v chess amateur

      Chess video presentation of game eight from the book Chess master v chess amateur by former world champion Max Euwe. In this game the Chess Master is able to convert an advantage in space and development into a material advantage and although th... | Read More

    • Wow! It's 4 YEARS Since the Launch of the Chess.com/TV Group!

      [Blog History]      Just last week, on November 11th, was the 4thAnniversary of the genesis of the Official Chess.com/TV Group, with its official “launch” anniversary being Dec. 15th. From its conception, the Group and Chess.com/TV became... | Read More

    • Tournament Preparation, Part 2: Tournament Play

         Hello! My name is Zach Kasiurak. I am a National Master living in Columbus, OH, USA rated 2283 USCF and 2216 FIDE. I am seriously pursuing my chess career and looking to improve rapidly as a player and coach.    I have created my blog to p... | Read More

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    • Interference Theme

      In the following position with about 20 seconds left on the clock, white has to find a rapid checkmate. There is no time to waste picking up the loose knight on c3 since Black can hold the vital e7 square with Re8 and then survive long enough to r... | Read More


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  • Coiled Spring Effect

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    The coiled spring effect in chess is related to how a players pieces will start out from a fairly compact and/or cramped opening position, and how they will "unwind" the spring and start attacking with the dynamic energy pent up in the position. A... Read More »

  • 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 »