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 The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly The Chess.com member Olaspecial wrote: “I am keen to become Nigeria’s next titled player (I hope this makes you smile) and I believe you can help me get there. I am diligent and I have been working hard at developing my opening repe... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-1 Thu, 26 May 2016 03:48:15 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-1 Spotting And Avoiding Tactics There are basically three ways a tactic can occur, both for and against you: The opponent makes a threat for a tactic (or a check or capture), which either can't be met, or can be, but is missed. There is no existing threat of a tactic, bu... https://www.chess.com/article/view/spotting-and-avoiding-tactics Tue, 24 May 2016 04:09:37 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/spotting-and-avoiding-tactics The Touch-Move Rule Outbreak At the end of last week's article I mentioned that "recently we witnessed a real outbreak of touch-move rule violations." I think we can explain this phenomenon by a huge advance in modern technology and particularly devices... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-touch-move-rule-outbreak Sat, 21 May 2016 23:40:55 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-touch-move-rule-outbreak A Monster Attack And Key Endgames I’ll start with a fun game. Black was so taken with his own brilliance that he wrote a blog about it, and he gave his opening a name: "The Magicians’ Attack!" Well, he should be excited since this kind of attack and subsequent m... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-monster-attack-and-key-endgames Thu, 19 May 2016 03:27:00 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-monster-attack-and-key-endgames Siamese Chess      In 1826 Johann Mälzel was amazing and mystifying the American public with his exhibition of the chess automation known as the Turk. Just a few years later, that same public would marvel at a living, sometimes chess-... https://www.chess.com/article/view/siamese-chess Wed, 18 May 2016 11:29:31 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/siamese-chess Play Chess With A Pro Football Player Chess.com will host its first pro-am vote-chess event next month, pairing the Baltimore Ravens guard and chess enthusiast John Urschel with International Master Danny Rensch to take on the world over the 64 squares.  Any... https://www.chess.com/article/view/play-chess-with-a-pro-football-player-1 Tue, 17 May 2016 03:51:50 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/play-chess-with-a-pro-football-player-1 Touch-Move Rule Adventures I am probably a lucky guy, because I never had any "touch-move rule" episodes in my whole chess career.  Don't get me wrong, it happened numerous times in my games that either I or my opponent touched a wrong piece at a wrong time, but i... https://www.chess.com/article/view/touch-move-rule-adventures Sun, 15 May 2016 02:39:40 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/touch-move-rule-adventures Chess Patterns Are For Everyone I always mention the importance of patterns in chess. Unfortunately, many laugh at the thought, others prefer to ignore a reality (patterns) that demands hard work for those who dream of being a master, and some view patterns as nothi... https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-patterns-are-for-everyone Fri, 13 May 2016 02:45:16 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-patterns-are-for-everyone 3 Tips To Attack In Chess The ability to attack successfully is a necessary skill for the ambitious chess player. Here are three tips to help you with launching your attacks: Try to involve as many pieces as possible into the attack. The more pieces you have lined... https://www.chess.com/article/view/3-tips-to-attack-in-chess Thu, 12 May 2016 02:57:50 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/3-tips-to-attack-in-chess 3 Ways To Improve Your Pieces When it comes to playing good positional chess, all strong players know the importance of improving the activity of your pieces. As the great Tarrasch once said, "One badly placed piece makes your whole position bad." Here are three tips for impro... https://www.chess.com/article/view/3-ways-to-improve-your-pieces Thu, 12 May 2016 02:57:40 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/3-ways-to-improve-your-pieces How To Watch The Caruana-MVL Blitz Battle Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. The three-hour, round-one match between Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-watch-the-caruana-mvl-blitz-battle Tue, 10 May 2016 00:09:19 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-watch-the-caruana-mvl-blitz-battle Are Pawns The Soul Of Chess? In last week's column we talked about the chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor. While his three endgame positions are truly a cornerstone of the endgame play, Philidor's most quoted saying that pawns are the soul o... https://www.chess.com/article/view/are-pawns-the-soul-of-chess Sun, 08 May 2016 08:10:06 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/are-pawns-the-soul-of-chess It's Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana May 10: GM Blitz Battle #3 Who will be the third player to reach the semifinal, Fabiano Caruana or Maxime Vachier-Lagrave? We'll know at the end of Chess.com's third GM Blitz Battle Championship, scheduled for Tuesday, 10 May at 10 a.m. Pacific (GMT-7), ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-com-s-3rd-blitz-battle-vachier-lagrave-vs-caruara-on-may-10th Fri, 06 May 2016 11:36:23 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-com-s-3rd-blitz-battle-vachier-lagrave-vs-caruara-on-may-10th A Little Mystery Let’s take a quick look (no notes) at the following game. We will be looking at a few games by the Chess.com member RevolNoom, a young man (born 2001) from Hanoi, Vietnam (I was there a few years ago and had a very good time). H... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-little-mystery Thu, 05 May 2016 02:59:26 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-little-mystery The German Morphy      Most chess enthusiasts are aware that the young Wilhelm Steinitz was sometimes referred to as "the Austrian Morphy."  Some might even know that Cecil de Vere had been called "the English Morphy."  Few, ho... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-german-morphy Wed, 04 May 2016 11:33:32 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-german-morphy How To Watch The Nakamura-Harikrishna Blitz Battle Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. The three-hour, round-one match between Hikaru Nakamura and Pentala Harikrishna will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eas... https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-watch-the-nakamura-harikrishna-blitz-battle Tue, 03 May 2016 21:29:05 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-watch-the-nakamura-harikrishna-blitz-battle Viking Plundering © 2016, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website https://www.chess.com/article/view/viking-plundering Tue, 03 May 2016 10:16:22 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/viking-plundering The Three Philidor Positions The chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor is enormous. There is an opening named after him (1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6) and three endgame positions all called "the Philidor Position"! The Philidor position in rook endgames is o... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-three-philidor-positions Sun, 01 May 2016 00:40:05 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-three-philidor-positions Nakamura vs Harikrishna: 1 Million Scovilles Of Chess On May 4 GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Pentala Harikrishna are set to face off May 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in the second GM Blitz Battles Match. You may want to bring a cold glass of milk. "Naka" and "Hari" together make an incredibly spicy combo. The "nag... https://www.chess.com/article/view/nakamura-vs-hariskrishna-1-million-scovilles-of-chess-on-may-4 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:18:36 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/nakamura-vs-hariskrishna-1-million-scovilles-of-chess-on-may-4 How To Avoid Hanging Stuff The Chess.com member KayOneM asked about the pros and cons of his games and how he can improve his play. He also mentioned that “in some positional games, when I don’t have any tactics or tricky attack, I don’t know how to improv... https://www.chess.com/article/view/training-yourself-to-avoid-hanging-stuff Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:50:10 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/training-yourself-to-avoid-hanging-stuff