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 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... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-quiet-game-in-germantown-in-1762 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:24:36 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-quiet-game-in-germantown-in-1762 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 ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/gm-blitz-battle-championship-rules-and-format Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:09:33 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/gm-blitz-battle-championship-rules-and-format 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... https://www.chess.com/article/view/why-chess-players-blunder Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:53:56 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/why-chess-players-blunder Not Used To It © 2016, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website https://www.chess.com/article/view/not-used-to-it Sun, 07 Feb 2016 07:50:24 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/not-used-to-it 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 ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/mister-ng5-and-nb5 Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:45:51 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/mister-ng5-and-nb5 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... https://www.chess.com/article/view/castling-early-and-piece-coordination Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:38:19 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/castling-early-and-piece-coordination 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... https://www.chess.com/article/view/surprise-mating-attack Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:27:59 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/surprise-mating-attack 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 Shrute on the long-running NBC series The Office, got the chance to play the world chess ch... https://www.chess.com/article/view/can-you-win-our-fake-chess-celebrity-contest Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:17:13 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/can-you-win-our-fake-chess-celebrity-contest Steeled © 2016, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website https://www.chess.com/article/view/steeled Tue, 02 Feb 2016 02:46:28 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/steeled 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... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-anatomy-of-a-brilliancy Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:18:11 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-anatomy-of-a-brilliancy An Opening Line For Masters Last week we analyzed a line that could be a decent opening weapon for club players. As you remember, unlike the openings played by super-grandmasters, it didn't require any special opening knowledge and could be learned in one minute. The obvio... https://www.chess.com/article/view/an-opening-line-for-masters Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:58:26 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/an-opening-line-for-masters A List of Oneâs Own: The New Top 100 Women Rankings By Maret Thorpe. Photo: Tae Moon [Reprinted with permission of the author and US Chess.] “I’m so honored to have made it on to the first iteration of the Top Women Age 50 and Over! I hope these newly added lists encourage mo... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-list-of-ones-own-the-new-top-100-women-rankings Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:08:09 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-list-of-ones-own-the-new-top-100-women-rankings Opening Questions And A Dream Mate Openings That Lead to a Draw Question: Chess.com member jos2001 wrote, “I’m a 1076-ranked player who wants to know the best openings to draw.” Answer: Though various openings are known to be drawish at the master level (and u... https://www.chess.com/article/view/opening-questions-and-a-dream-mate Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:08:31 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/opening-questions-and-a-dream-mate Capt. Bertin's Gambit      The Cunningham Defense in the King's Gambit Accepted begins 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7.  White moves the Bishop to give his King a place to go with 4. Bc4.  If Black continues with the threatened 4... Bh4+ ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/capt-bertin-s-gambit Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:19:31 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/capt-bertin-s-gambit How Do You Make A Chess Comeback? Don’t call it a comeback; I’ve been here for years.        In October I played in Millionaire Chess, my first international tournament in nearly two years.  It wasn’t a triumphant return lik... https://www.chess.com/article/view/getting-back-to-the-board Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:29:28 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/getting-back-to-the-board An Opening Line For Club Players There are certain opening variations in chess which can be labeled "for top players only." The most obvious example would be the Berlin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. But club players shouldn't be jealous since there are also opening variations "fo... https://www.chess.com/article/view/an-opening-line-for-club-players Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:22:54 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/an-opening-line-for-club-players Introducing the New Chess.com (Version 3) It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of Chess.com is finally ready to step up and take online chess to a new level - and take your chess to new levels as well.  This new version 3 (V3) has been our #1 priority for over... https://www.chess.com/article/view/introducing-chess-com-version-3 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:25:53 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/introducing-chess-com-version-3 Say "Hello!" to Chess.com Version 3 It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of Chess.com is finally ready to step up and take online chess to a new level - and take your chess to new levels as well.  Version 3 (v3) has been our #1 priority for over two year... https://www.chess.com/article/view/say-hello-to-chess-com-version-3 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:01:32 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/say-hello-to-chess-com-version-3 How Past Masters Can Help Your Game I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate on tactics and strategy). To add a... https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-past-masters-can-help-your-game Thu, 21 Jan 2016 04:42:21 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-past-masters-can-help-your-game Hollywood Herman Herman Steiner's immense love for the game spread a spark which brought chess to life in California. he made chess alive for thousands of school children; he created a woman's field for chess in ti part of the country.Hollywood Herman Steiner Pho... https://www.chess.com/article/view/hollywood-herman Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:14:14 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/hollywood-herman