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  • Morphy and Music

    Mrs. Morphy is renowned in the salons of New Orleans as a brilliant pianiste and musician; and her son, without ever having studied music, has a similar aptitude for it, and he believes he would have become as famous therein as in chess, had he ... | Read More

  • New Contest: Chess In World Landmarks

    Have you ever seen a beautiful landmark or an interesting building and thought, "hey, this place could use more chess?" It's time for another photo manipulation contest on Chess.com.  [Update, June 30: results are below.] Use ... | Read More

  • Korchnoi The Chess Psychologist

    The death of GM Viktor Korchnoi is a huge loss for chess. I am not going to repeat the obvious facts that he was the strongest chess player who never became the world champion or tell you about his enormous chess heritage. There are thousands... | Read More

  • Longer Time Controls Are More Instructive

    The Chess.com member JerryPapada wrote: “My name is Jerry, I’m 15 years old, from Greece, and I’m trying to find a way to bump up my rating. I need to find what is missing from my games.” Jeremy Silman: Playing 3-0 games ... | Read More

  • Garry Kasparov On Viktor Korchnoi

    The great Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi died Tuesday in Switzerland at the age of 85. His longevity as a top-level player and his fighting spirit were such that it was easy to hope that he might trick Death himself in a rook endgame and live f... | Read More

  • Shamkir Killer Shot

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

  • The Funniest Rook Moves Ever Played

    We continue our discussion about the funniest, craziest moves ever played and today it is the rook's turn. While it is difficult for me to choose the funniest rook move ever played,  I know for sure what was the funniest rook move that ... | Read More

  • 2016 CONIC, Round 1: Costello Makes a Statement

    The 2016 ChessKid Online National Invitational Championship (CONIC) has just begun, with Round 1 featuring several interesting games.  Among them was the upset victory by Alex Costello over top seed Brandon Jacobson.  Playing White,... | Read More

  • 2016 ChessKid Online National Invitational Championships (CONIC): A Preview

    In 2012, the ChessKid Online National Invitational Championship (CONIC) was created to provide young, talented chess players an opportunity to play a round-robin championship at a long time control. The event gradually evolved from only two sectio... | Read More

  • Doubled Pawns: Chess Pariahs Or Misunderstood?

    The Chess.com member QueensConquerer wrote: “I just read your article on opening preparation and in it you said that the player shouldn’t be afraid of getting doubled pawns. But there are times when I’m watching YouTube... | Read More

  • Warrior at the Chess Board

          About a decade ago, WilhelmThe2nd, from Chessgames.com sent me this article by Fedor Bohatirchuk about his personal memories of Efim Bogoljubov.  The article, which had no accompanying pictures, is given below with some elaboration ... | Read More

  • Master vs Many: IM Danny Rensch & John Urschel : Game 2

      Master vs Many: IM Daniel Rensch & Baltimore Raven John Urschel: Game 2 Boucning back from his defeat against the world, Danny brings the power and join forces with Baltimore Raven John Urschel! Looking for revenge, you can expect t... | Read More

  • Master vs Many: GM Simon Williams: Game 1

      Master vs Many: GM Simon Williams: Game 1 Of course the Ginger GM played a King's Gambit! What else other than swashbuclking fun would you expect from Simon? Striving to put a mess on the board from move 2, the GM virtually gauranteed a... | Read More

  • Master vs Many: IM John Bartholomew: Game 1

      Master vs Many: IM John Bartholomew: Game 1 John took the white pieces his first outing vs Team Scandi but avoided facing his own signature opening by essaying 1.d4! The game quickly found it's way in a classical Nimzo-Indian when John ... | Read More

  • Master vs Many: IM Danny Rensch: Game 1

      Master vs Many: IM Daniel Rensch: Game 1 Danny took the white pieces in the first edition of Master vs Many and elected to give 1.e4 a try! That masses fought back with the ever popular Sicilian Najdrof eventually proving the knowlegde ... | Read More

  • Who Will Qualify To Play Magnus Carlsen?

    The Blitz Battle Qualifier to decide who will face Magnus Carlsen is here. Watch the event with live commentary at Chess.com/tv or Twitch.tv/chess.  Round one of this 11-round, 3 0 Swiss tournament starts Tuesday, M... | Read More

  • 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

  • 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

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