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  • The Touch Move Rule

    The touch move rule is the most basic rule of tournament chess.  Even people who don't play chess at all know that when a chess player intentionally touches one of his pieces, he must make a move with this piece (of course if such a legal mov... | Read More

  • You Must Know This Powerful Endgame Pattern

    There are many basic endgame rules you can find in any chess manual: Centralize your king! Create an outside passed pawn!  Rooks should be placed behind passed pawns! ...I bet you've heard them dozens of times.  And yet one very... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #73: Three vs. Two

    Professor: It's good to see you, class.  The kids didn't say much. A few of them even looked sad.  Professor: Why so pale and wan, if I may ask? Rachel: Well, the semester's coming to an end.  Professor: That's true. But you've all learned... | Read More

  • How To Break Fortresses

    Dealing with a fortress — especially when you have a significant material advantage — is an infuriating experience. Indeed, what can be more frustrating than completely outplaying your opponent, only to find that he has con... | Read More

  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

    • One good zwischenzug deserves another

      White just took a knight on c6 (9.Nxc6). The natural answers are 9...dxc6 and 9...bxc6. I hope you saw there is a problem with dxc as the d-pawn is pinned but Black can fix that with an discovered attack. 9...Qe8 is a move to look as is threaten... | Read More

    • Tactics : Counting and a zwischenzug

      Counting again important here. I was very pleased with the good calculation in this game I did, finding an important zwischenzug. White made one mistake in the opening, and then it went downwards. | Read More

      • achja
      • | Feb 23, 2015
    • Chess Notebook, Part 2

      I graduated from college with dozens of notebooks floating in my wake. In my professional career I've always attended meetings with a bound notebook in hand. The process of writing notes helps me process and integrate information. So, it was na... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Feb 8, 2015
    • How to Improve Your Chess!!

      Hi Everyone today i will be sharing some tips on how to improve your chess and rating by about + 50 -100 points i would say as a est 1.Understand your openings and openings used in games Um what does that mean? It means is to get exprienced with... | Read More

      • gluestix
      • | Feb 4, 2015
    • Priorslee lions v Oswestry

      As we continue to lead the chasing pack wins seems to be more difficult and more important. Oswestry were weakened with the top board out in Gibraltar playing chess and on paper this was like lambs to the slaughter without him, but as ever chess ... | Read More

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