The Tactical Detector

The Tactical Detector

GM DanielNaroditsky
|
Aug 31, 2016

Tactics. After thousands of books written on this concept, after the development of several excellent tactical training tools (such as Chess.com's own Tactics Trainer), after the release of countless free engines that serve as paragons of tactical...

How To Get A Free Chess.com T-Shirt

How To Get A Free Chess.com T-Shirt

News
|
Aug 30, 2016

Want to show off your love of chess? Do you need some new supplies for your favorite hobby? How about a free Chess.com t-shirt with a qualifying purchase?  WholesaleChess.com is running a special you won't want to miss.  ...

Kasparov's Mysterious Move

Kasparov's Mysterious Move

GM Gserper
|
Aug 28, 2016

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...

A Rare And Brutal Rook Configuration

A Rare And Brutal Rook Configuration

IM Silman
|
Aug 25, 2016

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...

In Whitney's Shadow

In Whitney's Shadow

batgirl
|
Aug 24, 2016

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...

How To Watch Hikaru Nakamura vs MVL

How To Watch Hikaru Nakamura vs MVL

pete
|
Aug 23, 2016

Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship semifinal. The three-hour blitz and bullet match between Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific ti...

How To Watch Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Grischuk

How To Watch Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Grischuk

pete
|
Aug 23, 2016

Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship semifinal. The three-hour blitz and bullet match between Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time&nb...

The Deadliest Chess Pattern

The Deadliest Chess Pattern

GM Gserper
|
Aug 21, 2016

There are many patterns in chess which you should know if you want to become strong. I have discussed many of them in this column through the years. Today, I'll talk about the deadliest chess pattern, the one that usually ...

Windows Of Chess Opportunity

Windows Of Chess Opportunity

IM Silman
|
Aug 18, 2016

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...

Carlsen vs Grischuk: Blitz Battle Facts vs Feelings

Carlsen vs Grischuk: Blitz Battle Facts vs Feelings

FM MikeKlein
|
Aug 17, 2016

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...

Which Olympic Sport Is Most Like Chess?

Which Olympic Sport Is Most Like Chess?

pete
|
Aug 16, 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics are underway right now in Brazil as 207 national delegations compete for medals in 28 sports, 41 different disciplines, and 306 total events. Unfortunately for chess fans, the royal game is not among them. And don’...

Lessons From Carlsen: The Draw Problem

Lessons From Carlsen: The Draw Problem

GM Gserper
|
Aug 14, 2016

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 ...

Minority Attack: Turn Your Pawns Into Weapons

Minority Attack: Turn Your Pawns Into Weapons

IM Silman
|
Aug 11, 2016

ih8sens (real name: Matt Nicholson) is a national master rated 2329. He asked the following: “I have a position that I’m curious about. The majority of players I’ve asked believe that Black should not play 18…Bxg3.&...

Patterns: Bishop+Rook Mates

Patterns: Bishop+Rook Mates

batgirl
|
Aug 10, 2016

     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...

How To Play When You're Winning Easily

How To Play When You're Winning Easily

NM danheisman
|
Aug 10, 2016

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...

Chess.com Interviews Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein

Chess.com Interviews Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein

News
|
Aug 9, 2016

Chess.com 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...

Are You A Giant Of Positional Chess?

Are You A Giant Of Positional Chess?

GM Gserper
|
Aug 7, 2016

In our article last year, we talked about how to improve your positional chess. Today, I want to give you an opportunity to test your strategic skills. The game we'll use for our quiz is quite remarkable. Anatoly Karpov is...

Who Was The Greatest Chess Theorist?

Who Was The Greatest Chess Theorist?

IM Silman
|
Aug 4, 2016

Axorcist wrote: “My question is this: Who do you consider to be the greatest chess theorist of all time? I have never read a good review on who really had the most influence on the development of knowledge in our beautiful game. Was i...

School Chess Fails PR Test

School Chess Fails PR Test

GM GMIanRogers
|
Aug 4, 2016

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, ...

5 Reasons Chess Is Better Than Pokémon Go

5 Reasons Chess Is Better Than Pokémon Go

pete
|
Aug 2, 2016

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...

Wanna Buy The Brooklyn Bridge?

Wanna Buy The Brooklyn Bridge?

GM Gserper
|
Jul 31, 2016

George C. Parker was a famous con man.  Here is what Wikipedia says about him: "He made his living conducting illegal sales of property he did not own, often New York's public landmarks, to unwary immigrants. The Brooklyn Bridge was th...

Fixing Your Weaknesses

Fixing Your Weaknesses

IM Silman
|
Jul 28, 2016

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...