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How To Win A Game With The Black Pieces?

How To Win A Game With The Black Pieces?

GM Gserper
| 10 hrs ago

Any experienced tournament player knows that playing for a win with the black pieces can be quite challenging, especially against a well-prepared opponent. Indeed, in most openings, White gets some initiative right from the start of the game due t...

Coach Of The Month: CM Ilija Stanojevic

Coach Of The Month: CM Ilija Stanojevic

Mick
| 1 day ago

CM Ilija Stanojevic is a popular online chess coach with significant experience in teaching beginners as well as more advanced players. His lessons are customized to his students' skill levels and playing styles, with a particular focus on middleg...

Can Adults Improve At Chess?

Can Adults Improve At Chess?

NM ToddBryant
| 14 days ago

In 2018, Perpetual Podcast host Ben Johnson interviewed CM Andrzej Krzywda, a Polish chess player in his late 30s who, after decades stuck at a FIDE rating in the 2100s, had a remarkable breakthrough. Over the course of a year, Krzywda gained 150 ...

Do You Know This Tactical Trick?

Do You Know This Tactical Trick?

GM Gserper
| 21 days ago

Many people who just started playing chess ask what games they should study in order to improve their skills. It is tempting to study games played by the highest-rated player in history, GM Magnus Carlsen, but this can be really counterproductive,...

Why More Moms Should Play Chess

Why More Moms Should Play Chess

MomOnaBreak
| 28 days ago

Ask any mom what she wants the most at the end of the day, and you will most likely hear: “Quiet time, please!” Adding chess to a mother’s full plate might not sound sensible, but, if at all possible, some amazing benefits can be...

Which Chess Legend Do You Play Like?

Which Chess Legend Do You Play Like?

lularobs
| Oct 26, 2023

Whether you're a fearless attacker or a calm defender, I promise there's a chess legend who shares similarities to your playing style. That is unless your playing style is memorizing 10 moves of theory and then blundering your queen. But I'm sure ...

Coach Of The Month: IM Szidonia Vajda

Coach Of The Month: IM Szidonia Vajda

Mick
| Oct 25, 2023

IM Szidonia Vajda is an accomplished player and coach, holding the international master and woman grandmaster titles as well as two Hungarian women's championships. She has represented Hungary at multiple Olympiads and is now sharing her knowledge...

Variants Community Series: All The Information

Variants Community Series: All The Information

CHESScom
| Oct 30, 2023

The Variants Community Series (VCS) is a series of events for streamers and the chess variants community. Starting September 7 at 12 p.m. ET/18:00 CEST/21:30 IST, the series will feature a different variant every two months and $3,750 plus 610 Twi...

ChessPunks Coach Advice

ChessPunks Coach Advice

CHESScom
| Oct 24, 2023

Eight of the top instructors at Chessable recently offered their coaching expertise to the players of the ChessPunks Tournament Finals on October 22. These eight masters—IM Yuriy Krykun, IM Christof Sielecki, GM Arturs Neiksans, IM Andras To...

Were Carlsen, Fischer, And Capablanca Wrong?

Were Carlsen, Fischer, And Capablanca Wrong?

GM Gserper
| Oct 23, 2023

Some chess games played by legendary players featured such impressive new concepts that they instantly became iconic. As time passed, these concepts turned into chess axioms. According to Wikipedia, "In classic philosophy, an axiom is a statement ...

New Records, New Champions, New Bots

New Records, New Champions, New Bots

CHESScom
| Oct 23, 2023

The 2023 Speed Chess Championship ran its course, the Chess Clash event concluded after some spectacular battles, and Billie Joe Armstrong has awoken from his slumber—September has ended. Enjoy a recap of everything that happened over the ...

Chess.com Awards: Everything You Need To Know

Chess.com Awards: Everything You Need To Know

CHESScom
| 2 days ago

The Chess.com Awards is our yearly celebration of the best of the chess world. At the end of every year, we invite the chess community to vote on the best games, moves, creators, and everything else involving the game we love. The awards are a per...

Patterns, Patterns Everywhere!

Patterns, Patterns Everywhere!

GM Gserper
| 27 days ago

I have no doubt that you've heard the saying, "Chess is 90% tactics" many times. It is so overused that it is impossible to trace who said it first. While in general I agree with this statement, I would still slightly modify it. So, channeling my ...

Learning And The Art Of Chess Tennis

Learning And The Art Of Chess Tennis

Mick
| Sep 28, 2023

KDlearns' first introduction to chess was the same as it was for many other people: he was mercilessly destroyed by his older family members and didn't play for years after that. His reintroduction to chess follows another familiar pattern: he sta...

Coach Of The Month: GM Avetik Grigoryan

Coach Of The Month: GM Avetik Grigoryan

Mick
| Sep 26, 2023

GM Avetik Grigoryan is an Armenian chess coach and content creator with an extensive range of experiences to draw from. Having coached individual students as well as national teams, his focus goes substantially beyond simply improving the Elo rati...

A Chess Player's Guide To Clash Royale

A Chess Player's Guide To Clash Royale

CM chika-lily
| Sep 19, 2023

As many of you know by now, the collaboration between Chess.com and Supercell this month has brought us the delightful and interesting crossover between two strategy games, chess and Clash Royale. I’m Joseph Wan, a FIDE candidate master and ...

Top Chess Colleges

Top Chess Colleges

NathanielGreen
| Oct 15, 2023

The Collegiate Chess League (CCL) began in 2020 and allowed top college chess teams to compete while over-the-board chess was inactive during the pandemic. It has quickly become a premier event in the space, joining the much longer-standing Pan Am...