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Summer Puzzle Competition, ChessKid Webinars!

Summer Puzzle Competition, ChessKid Webinars!

ChessKid
| 6 hrs ago

Hey ChessKids! We want to bring in some more awesome fun chess activities for the summer, so in addition to the Summer Clubhouse, we’re holding a puzzle competition! But that’s not all... parents, teachers, coaches, and users can look ...

Back Rank Weakness

Back Rank Weakness

KingsBishop
| 1 day ago

The Back Rank checkmate pattern is proof that your own pieces can sometimes work against you and help your opponent achieve their objective! It is the source of a common tactical idea know as a back rank weakness. When you take advantage of a po...

10 Exercises of the Week # 23

10 Exercises of the Week # 23

GM swapchess90
| 2 days ago

Hello Friends! Every week I select 10 positions ranging from easy to difficult across various themes like tactics, strategy, endgame, defense, etc. for you guys to solve and enjoy. For this week, I have selected 10 positions from 3 recent top-leve...

Chess.com Community Picnic: 15 July In Amsterdam

Chess.com Community Picnic: 15 July In Amsterdam

CHESScom
| 2 days ago

Excited for TwitchCon Amsterdam? So are we! Lots of our favorite Twitch personalities from all over the world will be in the Dutch capital between 15-17 July, and Chess.com will be there with our very own booth. There’ll be special Chess.com...

Open Chess Menorca 2022

Open Chess Menorca 2022

WFM AlexandraSamaganova
| 2 days ago

Better late than never… This blog post was written a long time ago, but for some reason I never published it. And although it has been a long time since I returned from Spain, I still decided to share it with you...  **************...

Zwischenzug

Zwischenzug

KingsBishop
| 2 days ago

The zwischenzug (intermediate move) is a chess tactic in which a player, instead of playing the expected move (commonly a recapture), first interposes another move posing an immediate threat that the opponent must answer, and only then plays the e...

Chess Books of the 20th Century

Chess Books of the 20th Century

DonMcKim
| 2 days ago

Chessplayers, to varying degrees, live by chess books! Those who “go their own way” and do not seek the advice and accumulated wisdom of other chessplayers, expressed in books, miss the genuine benefits of studying chess by absorbing...

Piece Relationships

Piece Relationships

KingsBishop
| 2 days ago

When Calculating moves, there are five steps that I follow: Identify my opponent's threats. Identify the Targets. Identify Piece Relationships. Identify all Active Moves. Identify the continuation. Piece relationships can exist between ...

All about pawn structure

All about pawn structure

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 2 days ago

They say “Pawns are the soul of chess” because they play a significant role from chess opening to the end game. Even losing a single pawn can give your opponent a big material advantage and blunder the entire game. This article is all ...

London System Players Hate This!

London System Players Hate This!

Naycir
| 3 days ago

Chess is a game of calculation, tactics, endless possibilities growing exponentially each and every move. Some calculations show that there are as many as 72,084 possible positions after the second move. More than 9 million different positions aft...

Calculating Attacks and Threats

Calculating Attacks and Threats

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 3 days ago

Many chess players have witnessed the excitement during a game when you look at a piece that is placed at a weak spot. But when you attack that piece, you eventually end up losing your piece and that is because you did not calculate your move befo...

Why I'm Not NM Yet

Why I'm Not NM Yet

Lightning
| 4 days ago

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today we return to my Journey to NM series. Having failed my initial goal of becoming a National Master by May 21st, I am now aiming to get the NM title by the end of 2022, which is a much more reason...

Stockfish

Stockfish

Kings_Logics
| 4 days ago

Like the dried cod from the Vikings, the most powerful chess engine in the world today, Stockfish, is made in Norway, then cooked in Italy. His level of genius far surpassed the achievements of the strongest Grandmaster.  Since more tha...

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