Chess Articles

  • Carlsen vs Karjakin And Crude Oil

    The world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin is getting closer, and it is time to update our old forecast. This time I will channel my inner Nate Silver and provide you with some numbers.  Let's loo... | Read More

  • Chess Criminals And The Games They Play

    As a man that has many interests (UFOs, martial arts, philosophy, various forms of history [chess and non-chess], literature, art, film, music, and even criminology), I recently began reading an excellent book entitled "Shady Side: The Life and Cr... | Read More

  • The Birth And Development Of The Hillbilly Attack

    People are obsessed with chess openings. Amazon shows 28,265 books listed when you search for "Chess Book", but I expect the number of books written on the game is well over 100,000. If I were to hedge a bet, then I would also guess that... | Read More

  • The Pawn Center Controversy

    There are basic rules of chess strategy that we learn as soon as we start playing chess. One of the most fundamental premises is the importance of the center. We quickly learn that one of the major goals of positional chess is control ov... | Read More

  • If The Board Says ATTACK, Then ATTACK!

    The member kergnou said: “Can you take a look at my games and give me some advice?” Jeremy Silman: Okay, I’m going to review one game that shows many of your weaknesses. However, this game is actually one of the ... | Read More

  • Links to the Past II

    As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wal... | Read More

  • Picking The Correct Opening Repertoire

    Picking the correct opening repertoire is one of the most important decisions that a chess player makes. There is no point starting the game with a series of moves that will lead you into a situation that you find unc... | Read More

  • The Best Pawn Moves Ever

    This article concludes our exploration of the best moves played by each chess piece throughout history. To my surprise, the tiniest guys in chess provided so much material that I have to agree with the great Philidor that "pawns are... | Read More

  • A Shark In A Rating Tank

    The member jyuvaraj asks: "I’m a beginner. I wish to improve my game. I’m currently reading the step-by-step method by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden. Will that help? What else should I do to improve? I’m also ... | Read More

  • Kings On Steroids

    The most sacred of all pieces is the king, a piece we must care for and nurture. Right!? Wrong!  In this article we are going to take a look at kings on steroids. The kings below are drugged up to their eyeballs and ready... | Read More

  • The Most Amazing Bishop Moves

    Last week, we discussed the trickiest knight moves. Today, we'll choose the most amazing bishop move ever! I want to thank all the readers who contribute to our search for the ultimate chess beauty. While it is difficult to choose which b... | Read More

  • GM Blitz Battle Historical Archive's GM Blitz Battle Championship began in 2016. With Death Matches as the precursor, this championship is different in several regards. The Blitz Battles are still three hours in length, but each match does not stand alone. The... | Read More

  • What Is The Initiative?

    The member Mornarben wrote: “My question is about the initiative. I seem to be able to play well in the beginning, getting positions with good central control, but [I] never see a good way to launch an attack to seize the initiativ... | Read More

  • Blindfold Art

    Convergences: Miles of String  by Marcel Duchampfrom the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition New York 1942, for the benefit of the French war relief societiesPhoto by John Schiff hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Untitled scul... | Read More

  • Get Better At Chess For Everyone: Comparison

    When you see a good move, don't play it. Look for a better one. This is the number-one principle in chess. Over the years, I have also told my students: You are trying to find the best move you can in a reasonable amount of time. I... | Read More

  • Fighting For Initiative

    Seizing the initiative is not something that just happen. There's a strategy to gaining the initiative. However, the importance of playing aggressively doesn't justify reckless abandon. In this series, learn how to properly fight for the init... | Read More

  • FIDE World Cup Highlights — 2015

    There's nothing like a clash of the titans. The FIDE World Cup always lays a wonderful foundation for great moments in chess. 2015 was no exception. Get all the highlights from one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year.  ... | Read More

  • Dynamic Chess With GM Khachiyan

    What is dynamic chess? You'll find out here as GM Melik Khachiyan teaches you to compound your advantages and really put pressure on opponents. There's nothing like learning from in-game examples. Watch a great teacher break down dynamic chess fro... | Read More

  • Defense And Prophylaxis

    Defense wins championships! The old cliche may not always apply to chess, but great defenders have certainly made a name for themselves. Tigran Petrosian and Vladimir Krammnik knew one thing for sure, if your opponent keeps crashing into a brick w... | Read More

  • Coach Keaton Reporting

    We all have our favorite areas to study. In this series, you'll get to enjoy two of IM Keaton Kiewra's favorites: kingside attacks and queen endgames. As usual, coach Keaton has found some of the more exciting games on for his lectu... | Read More

  • The Trickiest Knight Moves Ever

    Today, we continue our investigation (started in this article) of the weirdest, funniest and trickiest moves ever played. This time, we'll talk about knight moves. To tell you the truth, I thought knights were going to be the easi... | Read More

  • Watch Magnus Carlsen vs Tigran Petrosian

    The three-hour, round-one match between Magnus Carlsen and Tigran Petrosian will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. GMT) Thursday, June 23. Click here to find the match's starting time in your own... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen vs Tigran Petrosian: Preview

    What's the biggest underdog story in sports? What's the biggest in chess? Thursday's much-hyped GM Blitz Battle between top-seeded World Champion Magnus Carlsen and qualifier Tigran Petrosian might seem more equal if the "other Petrosian" w... | Read More

  • When A Game Is Many Games

    The member te_amo (from Kolkata, India) asked me to point out his weakness in his games. He said: “I undergo no sort of professional training, and I aspire to be over 2000 someday.” Mr. te_amo, the fact is that people start... | Read More

  • The Craziest Queen Moves Ever

    First of all I would like to thank our readers for their contribution to last week's article. Many of you shared your chess knowledge and helped to uncover some little-known games with really stunning moves. Since in that article&nb... | Read More

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