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Tackling Tactics

TigerChess Mar 12, 2016

Having trouble perfecting your study habits? Without a coach, training to perfect your chess game can feel like shooting in the dark. After all, how do you know your identifying every important concept in a position? Your daily tactics are ...

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3 Tips To Attack In Chess

IM hellokostya Mar 12, 2016

The ability to attack successfully is a necessary skill for the ambitious chess player. Here are three tips to help you with launching your attacks: Try to involve as many pieces as possible into the attack. The more pieces you have lined...

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3 Tips To Study Tactics

IM hellokostya Mar 11, 2016

A famous saying goes "chess is 99 percent tactics." Here are three tips for studying tactics: Practice calculation and solve puzzles at least three times per week. Your ability to spot tactics successfully during a game will depend upon patter...

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Candidate Profile: Veselin Topalov

GM RLH2 Mar 10, 2016

By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Before Hikaru Nakamura came along, there was Veselin Topalov. For over two decades, Topalov has been one of the most violent chess players, tearing unwary opponents to shreds. Besides Anand, Topalov is t...

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Candidate Profile: Sergey Karjakin

IM djgwards Mar 9, 2016

By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Sergey Karjakin has unfinished business.  In 2014, he placed second in the Candidates', one point away from a shot at Magnus Carlsen. He’s coming back to finish the job. Karjakin has one title ...

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Visions of Morphy

batgirl Mar 9, 2016

Below are some of the images - photos, paintings, sketches, etchings - of Paul Morphy. Here is the earliest known image of Morphy - from 1854: from "Twice Remembered: Moments in the History of Spring Hill College" by Michael Kenny, S.J. ...

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Candidate Profile: Viswanathan Anand

GM RLH2 Mar 8, 2016

By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Peyton Manning retired yesterday after capturing his second Super Bowl on his last legs. Will Vishy Anand, former world champion and titan of chess for nearly three decades earn the same storybook ending? &...

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Candidate Profile: Peter Svidler

IM djgwards Mar 7, 2016

By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog. GM Peter Svidler enters the Candidates' Tournament as the lowest-rated player, but don’t expect him to r...

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Candidate Profile: Hikaru Nakamura

GM RLH2 Mar 4, 2016

By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Chess.com and the world at large need no introduction to GM Hikaru Nakamura. 2015 was a fantastic year for the four-time United States chess champion. Nakamura, who is well-known for his blitz and bullet ...

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3 King And Pawn Endgame Tips You Must Know

IM hellokostya Mar 4, 2016

King and pawn endings are essential to every chess player's understanding of the game. Here are three practical tips when there are just kings and pawns left on the board: Try to create passed pawns. Without queening a pawn, you wo...

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Candidate Profile: Anish Giri

IM djgwards Mar 3, 2016

By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman If Benjamin Button played chess, his name would be Anish Giri. At 21 years old, Giri is the youngest player in the eight-man field for the Candidates Tournament, yet has a geriatric style of play. His tal...

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Candidate Profile: Levon Aronian

GM RLH2 Mar 2, 2016

By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Two years ago, Levon Aronian was the clear frontrunner to challenge for the world championship. Boasting an astronomical rating of 2830 after demolishing the field at the 2014 Tata Steel event, he rod...

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Candidate Profile: Fabiano Caruana

IM djgwards Mar 1, 2016

By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Just like Rocky Balboa, Fabiano “The Italian Stallion” Caruana is getting his first shot at becoming the world champion. But unlike Rocky, Caruana isn’t a dark horse. Caruana is ra...

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A Straight Flush In Chess

GM Gserper Feb 28, 2016

Last week's article caused a significant response and dispute. It looks like our readers were split into two camps based on their viewpoints of the importance of classical games. Our member kingcobra07 summarized the standpoi...

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3 Ways To Avoid Time Trouble

IM hellokostya Feb 26, 2016

Time trouble can plague even the best players in the world, and often leads to painful blunders and losses on time in winning positions. In order to improve your time management skills, follow these three steps below: Try not to use more ...

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A Squid Plays Chess

IM Silman Feb 25, 2016

Chess.com member Squid22 wrote: “I played 5.Nb5 to be obnoxious. It wouldn’t be hard to make this knight move harmless (5...d6, and then I’ve just wasted a move). However, my opponent played 5...a6. That moves looks natura...

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Fun & Blood

batgirl Feb 24, 2016

    Edward Lasker published his delightful book "Chess of Fun & Chess for Blood" in 1942.  In this book he examined Chess from the different perspectives of various amateurs in juxtaposition to that of serious tourn...

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How To Use A Chess Computer

GM DanielNaroditsky Feb 23, 2016

Whether you are a Luddite or technophile, the importance of being able to successfully collaborate with a chess computer cannot be overstated. In every stage and aspect of the game — opening preparation, endgame theory, game analysis&...

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Are You A Chess Expert? Take Our Quiz

GM Gserper Feb 21, 2016

You definitely like chess. But are you an expert? No, I am not talking about the USCF title you get when your USCF rating is above 2000 but less than 2200 (which is the master title). You can be a USCF expert but not a true expert of chess and v...

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Finding Your Real Weaknesses

IM Silman Feb 18, 2016

I get a lot of letters from Chess.com members, and though their ratings run the gamut, I do my best to address all ratings as best I can. Today I’ll turn my attention to two players below 1500 : Mr. Prashant1994 and Mr. Rrrtttyyyuuuiii. I&...

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How Chess Saved Beethoven

batgirl Feb 17, 2016

A Little Background:      A man named Wolfgang von Kempelen created a supposed chess-playing machine in 1770.  A chess master cleverly concealed inside controlled the exposed turbaned, mustached figure and the moves...

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Even GMs Are Human

GM Ginger_GM Feb 16, 2016

Many a myth has been discussed about the "superhuman" power that a grandmaster holds over the chessboard. Amateur players tend to look at us GMs as untouchable geniuses that cannot put a foot wrong when shuffling our pieces about. I am now going...

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The Opening Boomerang

GM Gserper Feb 14, 2016

Every chess player knows about two inevitable opening catastrophes: scholar's mate and the Fried Liver Attack. I still remember my shock when in one of my first tournaments I played what looked like reasonable moves and yet the resulting position ...

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Fixing Common Errors

IM Silman Feb 11, 2016

Errors. Sometimes we notice them (or think we notice them), and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we learn from our mistakes, and in many cases we are oblivious to them and, as a result, repeat these invisible horrors over and over. Most commo...


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