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An Update + Chess PODCAST?!

An Update + Chess PODCAST?!

DanielGuel
| 9 hrs ago

Hi, chess friends! It's been a little while, and I want to update my readers on what's going on in my little world.  First of all, I am excited to announce that my friend and I are launching a chess podcast!! We named it Chess B...

When and How to Attack in Chess?

When and How to Attack in Chess?

FM Gertsog
| 14 hrs ago

My Dear Chess Friends! Everyone likes to attack in chess. Even if an immediate attack is wrong plan, many chess players still prefer to use it. In these cases, the attack may result into several weaknesses into your own camp, so your opponent ca...

Previewing The Candidates

Previewing The Candidates

Lightning
| 1 day ago

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today I'll be previewing the upcoming 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament and giving you my take on it. Why am I doing this? Because why not. The event starts in a few weeks, I believe on June 17th, so it...

Extra passed pawn in the rook endgame

Extra passed pawn in the rook endgame

IM AttilaTurzo
| 1 day ago

Yesterday after the finish of the Grandmaster tourney, where I lost 5 games in the time trouble I decided to follow this plan: Study tactics 2 hours a day to improve the speed and the calculation skills. Play the Titled Tuesday on Tuesday and ...

Link between strategy and tactic (+examples)

Link between strategy and tactic (+examples)

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 2 days ago

Most chess players do not know the link between in-game strategy and tactic, and many chess beginners get tangled easily. According to experienced chess players, when a player plans to make strategies during a chess game, it leads to tactical mane...

Webinar 125. Typical Plans in Najdorf Sicilian

Webinar 125. Typical Plans in Najdorf Sicilian

FM Gertsog
| 2 days ago

Dear Chess Friends!   Sicilian Defense is the most popular defense in chess. But what is the most popular variation in this defense? I play Kan & Paulsen Variations, but they are quite rare. Scheveningen was popular 20-30 years ago. D...

ClassLink Partnership & ChessKid Gold Contest!

ClassLink Partnership & ChessKid Gold Contest!

ChessKid
| 2 days ago

Hey ChessKids and educators! We've partnered with ClassLink to host a contest this fall, in which ClassLink schools will have the chance to receive FREE ChessKid Gold accounts for all their students for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. ...

The Closed Catalan for White

The Closed Catalan for White

NM SmarterChess
| 2 days ago

I just recorded the Closed Catalan repertoire for the new ChessGoals Catalan Course. The closed is one of the most common lines that I face, and I show you how to punish small mistakes by Black that add up to considerable positional advantages for...

Chess From 1950-1959

Chess From 1950-1959

DonMcKim
| 2 days ago

Mikhail Botvinnik was the World Champion of Chess for all but one year in the decade of the 1950’s. The rise of Soviet masters was a hallmark of the decade. FIDE became an active component of the chess world in this decade. It began by FID...

Double rook endgame against Gleb Dudin

Double rook endgame against Gleb Dudin

IM AttilaTurzo
| 2 days ago

In the final 9th round of the Vezerkepzo 2022 May GM tourney I played with Gleb Dudin, the Winner of the tourney, a young russian talent who made half point more than the Grandmaster norm and made 1 point more then the 2nd player. He surprise...

Study plan (based on rating) + Examples

Study plan (based on rating) + Examples

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 3 days ago

When chess players start looking to learn more tactical material to get better in chess, it becomes more challenging for them to choose study plans according to their rating and experience. The middle game in chess is considered an important phase...

Endgame tactics against Grandmaster Gabor Nagy

Endgame tactics against Grandmaster Gabor Nagy

IM AttilaTurzo
| 3 days ago

In round 8 of the Vezerkepzo 2022 May GM tourney I played with Gabor Nagy a young Hungarian Grandmaster. You can check his chess.com games at https://www.chess.com/member/gabix_94  He played the queen's indian defense. I got a position...

What should I learn next?

What should I learn next?

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 3 days ago

If you are wondering what to learn next here is a chart that can help you to choose topic for your rating level. 1) 0-1000 Tactic (puzzles-pin, fork, checkmating patterns), elementary endgames (checkmating with 2 rooks, checkmating with que...

How to Defend & Avoid Getting a Checkmate

How to Defend & Avoid Getting a Checkmate

FM Gertsog
| 4 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! Every chess player likes to attack. Yes, it’s always exciting to attack rather than defend your position. When you are into the attack you can look for beautiful combinations and mating nets for the enemy king. If you m...

Weak King in the Rauzer Sicilian

Weak King in the Rauzer Sicilian

IM AttilaTurzo
| 4 days ago

In round 7 of the Vezerkepzo 2022 May GM tourney I played with Simon Füle a talented young Hungarian player. He played the Rauzer variation of the sicilian defense. After his f4-f5 move I should have played e6-e5 to keep the position clo...

The active Grunfeld Defense

The active Grunfeld Defense

IM AttilaTurzo
| 5 days ago

In round 6 of the Vezerkepzo 2022 May GM tourney I played with Grandmaster Milan Pacher from Slovakia.   I played the Russian variation of the Grunfeld Defense, which he replied with Nc6. I forgot my line, so I decided to play slower c...

A Century of Chess: Georg Marco (1900-1909)

A Century of Chess: Georg Marco (1900-1909)

kahns
| 5 days ago

The backbone of classical chess.  Marco was born in Bukovina - at the outer extremity of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. As a young man, he came to Vienna to study medicine and then was badly bitten by the chess bug - in a reminiscence of his ...

Rossolimo with Grandmaster Valeriy Aveskulov

Rossolimo with Grandmaster Valeriy Aveskulov

IM AttilaTurzo
| 5 days ago

In round 5 of the Vezerkepzo 2022 May Grandmaster tourney I played with Grandmaster Valeriy Aveskulov from Ukraine. You can check his website at https://www.chesstao.com/  He played the b4 gambit in the Rossolimo sicilian, which I ...

Attacking the King's Indian

Attacking the King's Indian

IM AttilaTurzo
| 6 days ago

In round 4 of the Vezerkepzo 2022 May Grandmaster tourney I played with Tamás Tancsa a talanted young player from Hungary. You can check his chess.com games at https://www.chess.com/member/tomivezer2007 He played the King's indian d...

K-8 National Chess Champion, OTB Chess Recap!

K-8 National Chess Champion, OTB Chess Recap!

ChessKid
| 7 days ago

Hey ChessKids! Recapping the past few weeks: Young chess prodigy and ChessKid star NM Brewington Hardaway scored the 2022 K-8 National Champion title, and FunMasterMike got to meet with a bunch of ChessKids in Ohio. Check it out! 2022 K-8 MS N...

Fair Play Moderator Positions Are Now Open

Fair Play Moderator Positions Are Now Open

Richard
| 7 days ago

Chess.com prides itself on being a fair and fun platform for all of our users, and we need your help to keep it that way. Fair Play Moderators are a crucial part of Chess.com's online events, and ensure that all tournaments on Chess.com (including...

Journey to NM - Georgia State Championship

Journey to NM - Georgia State Championship

Lightning
| 7 days ago

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today we return to my Journey to NM series. If you are new here, or if you have forgotten, I have set a goal for myself to become a National Master before I graduate highschool on May 21st. If you've ...

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