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 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 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 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 Patterns: Bishop+Rook Mates      Many naturally talented chess players effortlessly envision mating patterns, applying them or threatening their application with amazing ease.  Other, less talented players such as myself, must keep hammering t... https://www.chess.com/article/view/patterns-bishop-rook-mates Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:30:19 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/patterns-bishop-rook-mates School Chess Fails PR Test Boris Gelfand’s musings in a recent interview on the benefits of children playing chess for its own sake - “Only a fraction will play professionally, but the rest will acquire the skill of strategic planning and the habit of thinking, ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/school-chess-fails-pr-test Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:39:10 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/school-chess-fails-pr-test USA—USSR      In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... https://www.chess.com/article/view/usa-ussr Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:27:42 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/usa-ussr The Armenian Chess Secret On the free day at the Jermuk Women's Grand Prix tournament way back in 2010, I had a pleasant opportunity to chat with the hosts. My conversation with the chief organizer and famous GM Smbat Lputian inevitably touched on the r... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-armenian-secret Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:37:48 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-armenian-secret Links to the Past II As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wal... https://www.chess.com/article/view/links-to-the-past-ii Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:30:35 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/links-to-the-past-ii A Shark In A Rating Tank The Chess.com member jyuvaraj asks: "I’m a beginner. I wish to improve my game. I’m currently reading the step-by-step method by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden. Will that help? What else should I do to improve? I’m also ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-shark-in-a-rating-tank Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:09:01 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-shark-in-a-rating-tank The Most Amazing Bishop Moves Last week, we discussed the trickiest knight moves. Today, we'll choose the most amazing bishop move ever! I want to thank all the readers who contribute to our search for the ultimate chess beauty. While it is difficult to choose which b... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-most-amazing-bishop-moves Sat, 02 Jul 2016 03:52:13 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-most-amazing-bishop-moves Blindfold Art Convergences: Miles of String  by Marcel Duchampfrom the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition New York 1942, for the benefit of the French war relief societiesPhoto by John Schiff hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Untitled scul... https://www.chess.com/article/view/blindfold-art Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:51:21 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/blindfold-art When A Game Is Many Games The Chess.com member te_amo (from Kolkata, India) asked me to point out his weakness in his games. He said: “I undergo no sort of professional training, and I aspire to be over 2000 someday.” Mr. te_amo, the fact is that people start... https://www.chess.com/article/view/when-a-game-is-many-games Tue, 21 Jun 2016 03:31:47 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/when-a-game-is-many-games The Craziest Queen Moves Ever First of all I would like to thank our readers for their contribution to last week's article. Many of you shared your chess knowledge and helped to uncover some little-known games with really stunning moves. Since in that article&nb... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-craziest-queen-moves-ever Sat, 18 Jun 2016 22:31:27 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-craziest-queen-moves-ever Cannibal Chess Players In The Avocado Jungle Of Death The Chess.com member rosyflamitto said: “I usually blunder a lot, mainly in middlegames. Will you please look at few my games and give me some advice?” Jeremy Silman: Before continuing, a word to those reading this article: I am ge... https://www.chess.com/article/view/cannibal-chess-players-in-the-avocado-jungle-of-death Thu, 16 Jun 2016 03:07:11 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/cannibal-chess-players-in-the-avocado-jungle-of-death Morphy and Music Mrs. Morphy is renowned in the salons of New Orleans as a brilliant pianiste and musician; and her son, without ever having studied music, has a similar aptitude for it, and he believes he would have become as famous therein as in chess, had he ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/morphy-and-music Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:09:10 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/morphy-and-music Korchnoi The Chess Psychologist The death of GM Viktor Korchnoi is a huge loss for chess. I am not going to repeat the obvious facts that he was the strongest chess player who never became the world champion or tell you about his enormous chess heritage. There are thousands... https://www.chess.com/article/view/korchnoi-the-chess-psychologist Sat, 11 Jun 2016 22:22:16 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/korchnoi-the-chess-psychologist Longer Time Controls Are More Instructive The Chess.com member JerryPapada wrote: “My name is Jerry, I’m 15 years old, from Greece, and I’m trying to find a way to bump up my rating. I need to find what is missing from my games.” Jeremy Silman: Playing 3-0 games ... https://www.chess.com/article/view/longer-time-controls-are-more-instructive Thu, 09 Jun 2016 04:30:39 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/longer-time-controls-are-more-instructive The Funniest Rook Moves Ever Played We continue our discussion about the funniest, craziest moves ever played and today it is the rook's turn. While it is difficult for me to choose the funniest rook move ever played,  I know for sure what was the funniest rook move that&nbsp... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-funniest-rook-moves-ever-played Sat, 04 Jun 2016 02:34:51 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-funniest-rook-moves-ever-played Doubled Pawns: Chess Pariahs Or Misunderstood? The Chess.com member QueensConquerer wrote: “I just read your article on opening preparation and in it you said that the player shouldn’t be afraid of getting doubled pawns. But there are times when I’m watching YouTube... https://www.chess.com/article/view/doubled-pawns-chess-pariahs-or-misunderstood Thu, 02 Jun 2016 04:20:31 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/doubled-pawns-chess-pariahs-or-misunderstood Who Will Qualify To Play Magnus Carlsen? The Blitz Battle Qualifier to decide who will face Magnus Carlsen is here. Watch the event with live commentary at Chess.com/tv or Twitch.tv/chess.  Round one of this 11-round, 3 0 Swiss tournament starts Tuesday, M... https://www.chess.com/article/view/8-reasons-to-watch-the-blitz-battle-qualifier Sun, 29 May 2016 09:33:23 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/8-reasons-to-watch-the-blitz-battle-qualifier