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 Master vs Many: Vote Chess Games When a group of individuals come together for one mission, anything is possible. History tells us that one group can accomplish more together than any individual, no matter how much inner Chuck Norris that individual can harness. But sometimes, ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/master-vs-many-vote-chess-games Sat, 28 May 2016 10:42:30 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/master-vs-many-vote-chess-games 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 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 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 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 Chess.com Weekly Study Master Guide Every great chess master agrees that time spent with endgame studies is time well spent! Courtesy of Yochanan Afek, grandmaster for composing endgame studies, Chess.com posts a new puzzle each week for your enjoyment and chess enrichment. ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-weekly-study-master-guide Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:41:01 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-weekly-study-master-guide Hammer's Rest Day Report: Norway Chess 2016 Editor's note: In an exclusive to Chess.com, Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer writes his thoughts on what's happened in Norway so far, original analysis of some of the key games, and some fun, behind-the-scenes looks at what the players do ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/hammer-s-rest-day-report-from-norway-chess-2016 Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:48:16 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/hammer-s-rest-day-report-from-norway-chess-2016 Another Important Chess Test As I did in the first Test Your Understanding article, I implore you to read the notes to the puzzles: The prose and variations are what makes this new series worthwhile, so PLEASE try and solve the puzzle and then go back (whether you got it righ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/another-important-chess-test Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:19:49 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/another-important-chess-test Test Your Chess Understanding First, let me implore you to read the notes to the puzzles: The prose and variations are what makes this new series worthwhile, so PLEASE try and solve the puzzle and then go back (whether you got it right or not), click on the little question mar... https://www.chess.com/article/view/test-your-chess-understanding-1 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:23:18 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/test-your-chess-understanding-1 Carlsen vs Karjakin: Who Will Win? The Candidates' Tournament 2016 is a part of chess history already. You all know the results, so there is no point to recap it again. Two popular internet memes summarize very well how the tournament will be remembered. One of them depicts Presi... https://www.chess.com/article/view/carlsen-vs-karjakin-who-will-win Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:21:52 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/carlsen-vs-karjakin-who-will-win Dancing With Yourself When I look at games played by 1500-rated players and below, I see many weaknesses, but one is almost ubiquitous: both players are, more or less, dancing with themselves. What this means is that a player decides to do this or that, he might calcul... https://www.chess.com/article/view/dancing-with-yourself Thu, 07 Apr 2016 03:24:23 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/dancing-with-yourself Cuba Avenida de las Palmeras, Habana, ca. 1904      A large island in the Caribbean, this former Spanish colony lies just 93 miles from the state of Florida.  Its proximity to the United States, the inherent beauty of the... https://www.chess.com/article/view/cuba Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:18:01 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/cuba Play Like A Beginner! Two months ago, one of the oldest grandmasters in the world, Mark Taimanov, turned 90.  Just like any professional chess player he had many ups and downs in his career, but due to his limitless optimism he is still a very active person. ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/play-like-a-beginner Sat, 02 Apr 2016 23:24:04 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/play-like-a-beginner Opening Failures And How to Avoid Them The Chess.com member yoavb2 said: “I read your ‘How to Reassess Your Chess 4th’ but fail in the opening, which makes me start with a disadvantage. How can I fix it?” ANSWER:  I looked at several of your games (whil... https://www.chess.com/article/view/opening-failures-and-how-to-avoid-them Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:06:13 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/opening-failures-and-how-to-avoid-them Embrace Your Losses Every chess player knows that losing a game is no fun! Some of us take it better than others, but it is always a little tragedy. We all cried after losing a game when we were kids, but even some adults cannot tolerate what Korchnoi called o... https://www.chess.com/article/view/embrace-your-losses Sun, 27 Mar 2016 00:19:15 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/embrace-your-losses Falling Into The Abyss During a road trip, GM Walter Browne once told me, “I would happily buy a huge steak dinner for my upcoming opponent since the blood would rush to his stomach, and his brain wouldn’t function properly.” He repeated this ma... https://www.chess.com/article/view/falling-into-the-abyss Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:03:04 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/falling-into-the-abyss