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  • Kasparov's Mysterious Move

    The already famous game So vs Kasparov played in the Ultimate Blitz Challenge is both fascinating and puzzling. Not only did GM Wesley So produce a game of unbelievable beauty, he did it against the arguably strongest chess player in the... | Read More

  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • Nakamura vs Vachier-Lagrave: Blitz Battle Feelings vs Facts

    GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are doubtlessly deep in preparation for their upcoming Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship semifinal match on August 24 at 10 a.m. PST. They are surely doing countless ... | Read More

  • Windows Of Chess Opportunity

    In an amateur chess game, opportunities abound. Unfortunately, these opportunities are often missed. Positional gains are snubbed, tactics are missed, a winning endgame is agreed drawn, and mutual fear leads both players into a deep, dark abyss.&n... | Read More

  • Carlsen vs Grischuk: Blitz Battle Facts vs Feelings

    GM Magnus Carlsen has proven himself the world's best in classical, rapid, and blitz. Now it's time to face the bullet. Having won official world championships in three disciplines, there aren't many mountains left to climb, even for a Norwegian... | Read More

  • Lessons From Carlsen: The Draw Problem

    The recent super-tournament in Bilbao is a part of chess history already. It will be remembered for many different things. While Hikaru Nakamura will always cherish the memory of his first win over Magnus Carlsen, many chess enthusiasts will ... | Read More

  • Patterns: Bishop+Rook Mates

         Many naturally talented chess players effortlessly envision mating patterns, applying them or threatening their application with amazing ease.  Other, less talented players such as myself, must keep hammering t... | Read More

  • School Chess Fails PR Test

    Boris Gelfand’s musings in a recent interview on the benefits of children playing chess for its own sake - “Only a fraction will play professionally, but the rest will acquire the skill of strategic planning and the habit of thinking, ... | Read More

  • 5 Reasons Chess Is Better Than Pokémon Go

    Pokémon Go is the fastest-growing smartphone game in history, and it's been dominating the news since its launch in July, at least in the gaming world. But is it a better game than chess? We don't think so. While both games have their f... | Read More

  • Fixing Your Weaknesses

    This week, we’ll take a look at a young Indian player, Sakshi1234567. She had this to say: “I am 13 years old. My father taught me chess when I was 10. I’ve been taking the game seriously from October 2015. I want to become a g... | Read More

  • USA—USSR

         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • The Armenian Chess Secret

    On the free day at the Jermuk Women's Grand Prix tournament way back in 2010, I had a pleasant opportunity to chat with the hosts. My conversation with the chief organizer and famous GM Smbat Lputian inevitably touched on the r... | Read More

  • Carlsen vs Karjakin And Crude Oil

    The world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin is getting closer, and it is time to update our old forecast. This time I will channel my inner Nate Silver and provide you with some numbers.  Let's loo... | Read More

  • Chess Criminals And The Games They Play

    As a man that has many interests (UFOs, martial arts, philosophy, various forms of history [chess and non-chess], literature, art, film, music, and even criminology), I recently began reading an excellent book entitled "Shady Side: The Life and Cr... | Read More

  • The Birth And Development Of The Hillbilly Attack

    People are obsessed with chess openings. Amazon shows 28,265 books listed when you search for "Chess Book", but I expect the number of books written on the game is well over 100,000. If I were to hedge a bet, then I would also guess that... | Read More

  • If The Board Says ATTACK, Then ATTACK!

    The Chess.com member kergnou said: “Can you take a look at my games and give me some advice?” Jeremy Silman: Okay, I’m going to review one game that shows many of your weaknesses. However, this game is actually one of the ... | Read More

  • Picking The Correct Opening Repertoire

    Picking the correct opening repertoire is one of the most important decisions that a chess player makes. There is no point starting the game with a series of moves that will lead you into a situation that you find unc... | Read More

  • The Best Pawn Moves Ever

    This article concludes our exploration of the best moves played by each chess piece throughout history. To my surprise, the tiniest guys in chess provided so much material that I have to agree with the great Philidor that "pawns are... | Read More

  • A Shark In A Rating Tank

    The Chess.com member jyuvaraj asks: "I’m a beginner. I wish to improve my game. I’m currently reading the step-by-step method by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden. Will that help? What else should I do to improve? I’m also ... | Read More

  • Kings On Steroids

    The most sacred of all pieces is the king, a piece we must care for and nurture. Right!? Wrong!  In this article we are going to take a look at kings on steroids. The kings below are drugged up to their eyeballs and ready... | Read More