Chess Articles


  • The Craziest King Moves Ever

    In one of my recent articles, I mentioned a funny story where an illegal king move was played, which made me wonder: what are the craziest king moves in the history of chess? So here I am presenting the games where such moves were made. In order... | Read More

  • 8 Reasons To Watch The Blitz Battle Qualifier

    The Blitz Battle Qualifier is almost upon us. Round one starts Tuesday, May 31st at 10am PT. Here's just a few of the many reasons you should be watching. 1. The winner plays Magnus Carlsen The champion qualifies into the Blitz Battl... | Read More

  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

    The Chess.com member Olaspecial wrote: “I am keen to become Nigeria’s next titled player (I hope this makes you smile) and I believe you can help me get there. I am diligent and I have been working hard at developing my opening repe... | Read More

  • Spotting And Avoiding Tactics

    There are basically three ways a tactic can occur, both for and against you: The opponent makes a threat for a tactic (or a check or capture), which either can't be met, or can be, but is missed. There is no existing threat of a tactic, bu... | Read More

  • The Touch-Move Rule Outbreak

    At the end of last week's article I mentioned that "recently we witnessed a real outbreak of touch-move rule violations." I think we can explain this phenomenon by a huge advance in modern technology and particularly devices... | Read More

  • A Monster Attack And Key Endgames

    I’ll start with a fun game. Black was so taken with his own brilliance that he wrote a blog about it, and he gave his opening a name: "The Magicians’ Attack!" Well, he should be excited since this kind of attack and subsequent m... | Read More

  • Siamese Chess

         In 1826 Johann Mälzel was amazing and mystifying the American public with his exhibition of the chess automation known as the Turk. Just a few years later, that same public would marvel at a living, sometimes chess-... | Read More

  • Play Chess With A Pro Football Player

    Chess.com will host its first pro-am vote-chess event next month, pairing the Baltimore Ravens guard and chess enthusiast John Urschel with International Master Danny Rensch to take on the world over the 64 squares.  Any... | Read More

  • Touch-Move Rule Adventures

    I am probably a lucky guy, because I never had any "touch-move rule" episodes in my whole chess career.  Don't get me wrong, it happened numerous times in my games that either I or my opponent touched a wrong piece at a wrong time, but i... | Read More

  • Chess Patterns Are For Everyone

    I always mention the importance of patterns in chess. Unfortunately, many laugh at the thought, others prefer to ignore a reality (patterns) that demands hard work for those who dream of being a master, and some view patterns as nothi... | Read More

  • How To Watch The Caruana-MVL Blitz Battle

    Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. The three-hour, round-one match between Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. ... | Read More

  • Are Pawns The Soul Of Chess?

    In last week's column we talked about the chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor. While his three endgame positions are truly a cornerstone of the endgame play, Philidor's most quoted saying that pawns are the soul o... | Read More

  • It's Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana May 10: GM Blitz Battle #3

    Who will be the third player to reach the semifinal, Fabiano Caruana or Maxime Vachier-Lagrave? We'll know at the end of Chess.com's third GM Blitz Battle Championship, scheduled for Tuesday, 10 May at 10 a.m. Pacific (GMT-7), ... | Read More

  • The German Morphy

         Most chess enthusiasts are aware that the young Wilhelm Steinitz was sometimes referred to as "the Austrian Morphy."  Some might even know that Cecil de Vere had been called "the English Morphy."  Few, ho... | Read More

  • A Little Mystery

    Let’s take a quick look (no notes) at the following game. We will be looking at a few games by the Chess.com member RevolNoom, a young man (born 2001) from Hanoi, Vietnam (I was there a few years ago and had a very good time). H... | Read More

  • Special Titled Tuesday Offers $4,000 In Prizes

    This week's Titled Tuesday will feature a doubled prize pool and some new prize categories for what is expected to be the largest combined field in the event's history. You can watch Titled Tuesday coverage on May 3 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pa... | Read More

  • Viking Plundering

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  • How To Watch The Nakamura-Harikrishna Blitz Battle

    Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. The three-hour, round-one match between Hikaru Nakamura and Pentala Harikrishna will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eas... | Read More

  • The Three Philidor Positions

    The chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor is enormous. There is an opening named after him (1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6) and three endgame positions all called "the Philidor Position"! The Philidor position in rook endgames is o... | Read More

  • Nakamura vs Harikrishna: 1 Million Scovilles Of Chess On May 4

    GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Pentala Harikrishna are set to face off May 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in the second GM Blitz Battles Match. You may want to bring a cold glass of milk. "Naka" and "Hari" together make an incredibly spicy combo. The "nag... | Read More

  • How To Avoid Hanging Stuff

    The Chess.com member KayOneM asked about the pros and cons of his games and how he can improve his play. He also mentioned that “in some positional games, when I don’t have any tactics or tricky attack, I don’t know how to improv... | Read More

  • Chess.com Weekly Study Master Guide

    Every great chess master agrees that time spent with endgame studies is time well spent! Courtesy of Yochanan Afek, grandmaster for composing endgame studies, Chess.com posts a new puzzle each week for your enjoyment and chess enrichment. ... | Read More

  • Hammer's Rest Day Report: Norway Chess 2016

    Editor's note: In an exclusive to Chess.com, Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer writes his thoughts on what's happened in Norway so far, original analysis of some of the key games, and some fun, behind-the-scenes looks at what the players do ... | Read More

  • Chess Chicken

    © 2016, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • First Brilliancy Prizes

         Throughout the years there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of brilliancy prizes offered.  Some are just games, albeit extremely clever ones, while others have their own stories. Some even have stories that hove... | Read More

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