Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! https://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Kasparov's Mysterious Move The already famous game So vs Kasparov played in the Ultimate Blitz Challenge is both fascinating and puzzling. Not only did GM Wesley So produce a game of unbelievable beauty, he did it against the arguably strongest chess player in the... https://www.chess.com/article/view/kasparov-s-mysterious-move Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:24:13 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/kasparov-s-mysterious-move A Rare And Brutal Rook Configuration Once in a while, a game grabs my attention due to some amazing positional concept or, less often (I say “less often” since most tactics are rather repetitive), due to a really interesting tactical battle. Usually you’ll see these... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-rare-and-brutal-rook-configuration Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:09:43 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-rare-and-brutal-rook-configuration In Whitney's Shadow Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... https://www.chess.com/article/view/in-whitney-s-shadow Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:11:03 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/in-whitney-s-shadow How To Watch Hikaru Nakamura vs MVL Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship semifinal. The three-hour blitz and bullet match between Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific ti... https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-watch-hikaru-nakamura-vs-mvl Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:52:32 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-watch-hikaru-nakamura-vs-mvl How To Watch Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Grischuk Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship semifinal. The three-hour blitz and bullet match between Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time&nb... https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-watch-magnus-carlsen-vs-alexander-grischuk Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:09:32 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-watch-magnus-carlsen-vs-alexander-grischuk Nakamura vs Vachier-Lagrave: Blitz Battle Feelings vs Facts GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are doubtlessly deep in preparation for their upcoming Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship semifinal match on August 24 at 10 a.m. PST. They are surely doing countless ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/nakamura-vs-vachier-lagrave-blitz-battle-feelings-vs-facts Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:46:51 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/nakamura-vs-vachier-lagrave-blitz-battle-feelings-vs-facts Check The Chess Cheque © 2016, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website https://www.chess.com/article/view/check-the-chess-cheque Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:19:38 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/check-the-chess-cheque The Deadliest Chess Pattern There are many patterns in chess which you should know if you want to become strong. I have discussed many of them in this column through the years. Today, I'll talk about the deadliest chess pattern, the one that usually ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-deadliest-chess-pattern Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:05:08 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-deadliest-chess-pattern Windows Of Chess Opportunity In an amateur chess game, opportunities abound. Unfortunately, these opportunities are often missed. Positional gains are snubbed, tactics are missed, a winning endgame is agreed drawn, and mutual fear leads both players into a deep, dark abyss.&n... https://www.chess.com/article/view/windows-of-chess-opportunity Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:58:10 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/windows-of-chess-opportunity Carlsen vs Grischuk: Blitz Battle Facts vs Feelings GM Magnus Carlsen has proven himself the world's best in classical, rapid, and blitz. Now it's time to face the bullet. Having won official world championships in three disciplines, there aren't many mountains left to climb, even for a Norwegian... https://www.chess.com/article/view/carlsen-vs-grischuk-blitz-battle-facts-vs-feelings Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:41:39 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/carlsen-vs-grischuk-blitz-battle-facts-vs-feelings Which Olympic Sport Is Most Like Chess? The 2016 Summer Olympics are underway right now in Brazil as 207 national delegations compete for medals in 28 sports, 41 different disciplines, and 306 total events. Unfortunately for chess fans, the royal game is not among them. And don’... https://www.chess.com/article/view/which-olympic-sport-is-most-like-chess Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:38:14 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/which-olympic-sport-is-most-like-chess Lessons From Carlsen: The Draw Problem The recent super-tournament in Bilbao is a part of chess history already. It will be remembered for many different things. While Hikaru Nakamura will always cherish the memory of his first win over Magnus Carlsen, many chess enthusiasts will ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/lessons-from-carlsen-the-draw-problem Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:27:57 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/lessons-from-carlsen-the-draw-problem Tackling Tactics Having trouble perfecting your study habits? Without a coach, training to perfect your chess game can feel like shooting in the dark. After all, how do you know your identifying every important concept in a position? Your daily tactics are ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/tackling-tactics Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:27:52 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/tackling-tactics Converting Extra Material You may be winning, but you haven't put the game away yet! In this series, you'll see what might lead you to fall short when possessing a material advantage. Make sure you've fine tuned your technique and are accurately evaluating your oppo... https://www.chess.com/article/view/converting-extra-material Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:27:48 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/converting-extra-material The Principle Of Two Weaknesses You've pushed relentlessly to gain an advantage. Finally, you're in the endgame and slightly better, but you are facing a strong opponent. How do you sustain the mental toughness to close it out? Use the principle of two weaknesses! In this... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-principle-of-two-weaknesses Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:27:13 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-principle-of-two-weaknesses Amateur Game Review Kudos to the brave members who contributed their games to this series. This time we're analyzing submissions from amateurs looking to take that next step. Sometimes we need a second pair of eyes to break down our mistakes and explore areas of impr... https://www.chess.com/article/view/amateur-game-review Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:27:09 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/amateur-game-review A Universal System For some reason, certain openings give players trouble no matter how well versed they are in theory. Sometimes this is a matter of style. This series is designed to explore a universal system against hypermodern openings, a system known for caus... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-universal-system Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:27:04 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-universal-system Everything You Need to Know Ready to learn Chess? It's no easy task. In fact, how did you score in your Quantum Physics class?  We're only joking. Chess may have the reputation as a game for the brilliant only, but this is a common misconception. Chess is not only eas... https://www.chess.com/article/view/everything-you-need-to-know Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:27:01 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/everything-you-need-to-know Best Blitz Openings Blitz chess has a nature all its own. With limited time, you should be taking the most efficient route to a better, or playable, position. This series provides strong openings and systems for the blitz enthusiast. GM Maxim Dlugy&nbs... https://www.chess.com/article/view/best-blitz-openings Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:26:57 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/best-blitz-openings Beating Your Nemesis Rivalaries are often born through circumstances that extend beyond the game. An intense, winner-take-all game, a misplayed Smith-Mora, a Twitter battle, or even a swift kick to your shin under the table — All might be enough to point yo... https://www.chess.com/article/view/beating-your-nemesis Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:26:40 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/beating-your-nemesis