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  • Charles de Maurian: Problemist

         Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4 school year at Spring Hill College ... | Read More

  • The Fastest Way To Improve Your Chess

    I bet most of our readers have heard the overused cliche, "Chess is 99% tactics." This catchy phrase underlines the importance of calculation in chess, but is chess really 99% tactics? Well, it depends. The chess competition betwe... | Read More

  • Is A Knight On The Rim Always Grim?

    SkladakoV’s question is about this position. He asked: “What if White doesn’t take by 16.Bxa5? Doesn’t that leave the knight on a5 stuck on the side of the board?” Jeremy Silman: I think most people wou... | Read More

  • How To Think Critically In Chess

    Chess is a thinking game. Thought processes and time management are intertwined and are two of the most important skills. I break down time management into two sub-skills: Macro Time Management: The ability to use almost all of your time eve... | Read More

  • 7 Bullet Chess Tips By Hikaru Nakamura

    Editor’s note: Hikaru Nakamura is widely considered the best speed chess player in history. A vote by titled players confirmed this last year. Nakamura will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the three-hour GM Blitz Ba... | Read More

  • Botvinnik's Winning Chess Method

    The Botvinnik-Kasparov school that I had privilege to attend was an unbelievable experience. The sheer fact that two legends were sitting just about five feet from you was very exciting! One of the strongest memories from the school was the w... | Read More

  • Can You Understand These Positions?

    This article is about four interesting positions. Much of this is moderately advanced to very advanced, so hold onto your hats and see if you can meet the storm head-on! I've also discovered some incredible tactical possibilities in one of ... | Read More

  • The Euphoria Of A Queen Sacrifice

    “Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.” ― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn Magic does happen on the chess board; that is one of the... | Read More

  • 3-Check Chess Tips For Beginners

    Looking for a new, exciting chess variant? Maybe you watched my games vs GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave here and you're anxious to give it a try? Or perhaps you've always just been good at following the age old chess rule "always check, because it... | Read More

  • How To Play Variants On

    There's much more to play on than just... chess! Fun "chess variants" can be a great way to mix things up and apply your chess skills in different and exciting ways. You can play Bughouse, Crazyhouse, 3-Check, King of the Hill&nbs... | Read More

  • Bughouse Chess Tips For Beginners

    Tired of playing chess alone?! Bughouse is for you! Tired of not having someone to talk to about your decisions on the board (at least not legally)? Bughouse is for you! Tired of not having someone else (your teammate) to blame for your loses... | Read More

  • The Sparkling Bishop Combo

    Back rank checkmates are very common in chess. As a matter of fact, many tactical textbooks start with exactly this kind of combination due to their simplicity. The vast majority have one thing in common: You need to deflect your opponent's b... | Read More

  • 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

  • A Rare And Brutal Rook Configuration

    Once in a while, a game grabs my attention due to some amazing positional concept or, less often (I say “less often” since most tactics are rather repetitive), due to a really interesting tactical battle. Usually you’ll see these... | 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • How To Play When You're Winning Easily

    In all sports, you play much differently when you are winning easily. In baseball, if you are leading 8-0 in the 8th inning, you would not pull your fresh relief pitcher out of the game to pinch hit and try to get another run. In soccer, if y... | 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

  • Interviews Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein was able to sit down with each of the four major presidential candidates last week as they turned their attention to courting the ever-important chess demographic. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein w... | Read More