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 Fixing Common Errors Errors. Sometimes we notice them (or think we notice them), and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we learn from our mistakes, and in many cases we are oblivious to them and, as a result, repeat these invisible horrors over and over. Most commo... https://www.chess.com/article/view/fixing-common-errors Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:09:10 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/fixing-common-errors 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 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 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 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 Tests: Psychology, Tactics, And Strategy Some of my recent articles were about chess psychology and striving to have a balanced skillset. This article (all in puzzle form) lets you test what you’ve learned (or what you thought you already knew). The puzzles can be tactical, po... https://www.chess.com/article/view/tests-psychology-tactics-and-strategy Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:48:26 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/tests-psychology-tactics-and-strategy A Story Strange and Sad      If you peruse old issues of "Chess Review," you will probably encounter the name Catherine Nye.  You will mostly likely notice one of these photos of the pretty 34 year old lady from Syracuse, N.Y. 1941  ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-story-strange-and-sad Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:12:13 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-story-strange-and-sad When Men Were Men During the romantic era of chess, MEN WERE MEN. They played gambits. They went for mate. They drank whisky while pondering their next attacking move. If someone made a material sacrifice (which loses if the opponent simply refuses the “... https://www.chess.com/article/view/when-men-were-men Wed, 06 Jan 2016 23:38:27 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/when-men-were-men You Are Important! When we were learning how to play chess, most of us dreamed about becoming next Capablanca, Fischer or Kasparov one day. Alas, the sad reality is that 99.999 percent of us will never become one of the chess gods. Should we be disappointed and up... https://www.chess.com/article/view/you-are-important Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:31:31 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/you-are-important Chess Psychology 101 In last week’s article, I pointed out that chess psychology plays an enormous part of one’s results. There are many facets of chess psychology: self-confidence (or the lack thereof), fear of threats (real or imagined), fear of losing... https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-psychology-1012 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:13:29 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-psychology-1012 The Huge Importance Of Chess Psychology I write quite a bit about chess psychology since it plays an enormous part of one’s results. Fear of a higher-rated player, trusting a player’s move instead of challenging it, falling victim to the ubiquitous (and deadly) “I ca... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-enormous-importance-of-chess-psychology Wed, 23 Dec 2015 22:09:24 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-enormous-importance-of-chess-psychology Carlsen, Capablanca And The Beatles About a quarter of a century ago, I started playing in international tournaments on a regular basis. Just like thousands of other folks from the former Soviet Union I enjoyed the fall of the Iron Curtain and ability to freely travel abroad. Pret... https://www.chess.com/article/view/carlsen-capablanca-and-the-beatles Sat, 19 Dec 2015 02:37:31 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/carlsen-capablanca-and-the-beatles A Legendary Chess Zen Master Has Died When I was just turning 19, I would go with a friend to Berkeley and visit the Hare Krishna temple. Were we into them? No, not at all. But every evening they offered free (very tasty!) food, and when you are broke and starving, you are willing t... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-legendary-chess-zen-master-has-died Thu, 17 Dec 2015 04:16:54 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-legendary-chess-zen-master-has-died The Player I'd Most Like to Have Met      Throughout the history of the game, chess has produced innumerable fascinating personalities.  Some were stars, others played supporting roles.  Many of them, at least from the hazy vantage point of my clouded ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-player-i-d-most-like-to-have-met Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:23:13 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-player-i-d-most-like-to-have-met No Balance, No Success I get countless questions that ask about taste in chess (No, don’t eat the pieces!). Taste, in this case, refers to a preference for positional or tactical situations. (However, if you MUST eat the pieces, please buy a chess cake or a ches... https://www.chess.com/article/view/no-balance-no-success Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:22:35 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/no-balance-no-success The Day the Stars Came Out                 Like a poorly rehearsed play, nothing seemed to go right.  What started out as a brilliant idea was fizzling out before everyone's eyes.   Perhaps it was ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-day-the-stars-came-out Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:23:57 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-day-the-stars-came-out What Happened To Magnus Carlsen? The European Team Chess Championship that took place last month in Iceland is already a part of chess history. There were many remarkable games and memorable moments over there. Some people will remember the double win by the Russian men... https://www.chess.com/article/view/what-happened-to-magnus-carlsen Sun, 06 Dec 2015 01:45:18 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/what-happened-to-magnus-carlsen Old Age, Great Chess! After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi... https://www.chess.com/article/view/old-age-great-chess Wed, 02 Dec 2015 23:19:02 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/old-age-great-chess Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... https://www.chess.com/article/view/carlos-castaneda-and-the-penthouse-suite Tue, 24 Nov 2015 04:14:36 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/carlos-castaneda-and-the-penthouse-suite The Art Of Beating Yourself In chess, ego is king. Thus one often hears a player who just lost saying, “I beat myself!” The old “I beat myself!” is often a way to convince yourself that you could have beaten your opponent if it wasn’t for this... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-beating-yourself Tue, 17 Nov 2015 02:58:30 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-art-of-beating-yourself