Chess Articles


  • Candidate Profile: Anish Giri

    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... | Read More

  • Candidate Profile: Levon Aronian

    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... | Read More

  • Candidate Profile: Fabiano Caruana

    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... | Read More

  • A Straight Flush In Chess

    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... | Read More

  • 3 Ways To Avoid Time Trouble

    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 ... | Read More

  • A Squid Plays Chess

    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... | Read More

  • Fun & Blood

        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... | Read More

  • How To Use A Chess Computer

    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&... | Read More

  • Are You A Chess Expert? Take Our Quiz

    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... | Read More

  • Finding Your Real Weaknesses

    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&... | Read More

  • How Chess Saved Beethoven

    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... | Read More

  • Even GMs Are Human

    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... | Read More

  • The Opening Boomerang

    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 ... | Read More

  • Free Chess Curriculum For Parents And Coaches

    Chess would be great for my kids,  but where do I start? I'd love to help start a chess program at my school, but I'm a math/science/English teacher and I know nothing about teaching chess. I run a homeschool program with limit... | Read More

  • Fixing Common Errors

    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... | Read More

  • A Quiet Game in Germantown in 1762

         The January 1962 issue of "Chess Review" featured an article written by John Frederick Harbeson.  The article was a reprint of one that had appeared in "The Germantowne Crier."  The author was a prominent Philade... | Read More

  • GM Blitz Battle Championship: Rules And Format

    Below are the official rules and format of Chess.com's Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship Series. For the full list of players in the 2016 GM Battle Championship, click here. By accepting the invitation to play, players acknowledge they have ... | Read More

  • Why Chess Players Blunder

    We have seen them, haven’t we? The howlers? Amateurs and professionals alike in the aftermath of a game, trying to explain their blunder, shaking their heads in disbelief, scratching their brows, sighing while trying to come up with a ration... | Read More

  • Not Used To It

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

  • Who Loved These Knight Moves?

    When we analyzed "An Opening Line For Masters" last week, I chose GM Igor Zaitsev as our opening guide for a reason. It is difficult to name another chess player who introduced that many absolutely paradoxical opening novelties. Today ... | Read More

  • Castling Early And Piece Coordination

    Should You Castle Early? Question: Chess.com member scmooney asked, “You stress castling early. In my experience I find that sometimes castling takes the king right into an ambush. In your lecture on attacking a castled king, Black’s... | Read More

  • Surprise Mating Attacks

         The following is a reprint of a charming article composed by Al Horowitz in "Chess Review," Nov. 1953. Of course, this version has been updated to Algebraic Notation with the digital supplanting the physical. Al Horow... | Read More

  • Can You Win Our Fake Chess Celebrity Contest?

    Many celebrities enjoy playing chess. Howard Stern, the famous radio host, is a confirmed chess fanatic. Rainn Wilson, the actor who played Dwight Schrute on the long-running NBC series The Office, got the chance to play the world chess c... | Read More

  • Steeled

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

  • The Anatomy Of A Chess Brilliancy

    In round four of the recently-concluded 2015 Qatar Masters, I found myself across the board from a rather obscure individual known as Vladimir Kramnik (yes, I am being sarcastic). As the chief arbiter made the usual pre-game announcements, I recal... | Read More

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