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 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 2016 Candidates' Tournament Free Analysis Video Guide Did you miss any live games from the 2016 Candidates' Tournament in Moscow, where the best contenders in the world battled it out for a shot at Magnus Carlsen's world championship? This guide serves to showcase the top-notch coverage o... https://www.chess.com/article/view/2016-candidates-tournament-free-analysis-video-guide Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:28:06 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/2016-candidates-tournament-free-analysis-video-guide Candidate Profile: Levon Aronian By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Two years ago, Levon Aronian was the clear frontrunner to challenge for the world championship. Boasting an astronomical rating of 2830 after demolishing the field at the 2014 Tata Steel event, he rod... https://www.chess.com/article/view/candidates-profile-levon-aronian Wed, 02 Mar 2016 02:37:10 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/candidates-profile-levon-aronian A Straight Flush In Chess Last week's article caused a significant response and dispute. It looks like our readers were split into two camps based on their viewpoints of the importance of classical games. Our member kingcobra07 summarized the standpoi... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-straight-flush-in-chess Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:00:04 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-straight-flush-in-chess A Squid Plays Chess Chess.com member Squid22 wrote: “I played 5.Nb5 to be obnoxious. It wouldn’t be hard to make this knight move harmless (5...d6, and then I’ve just wasted a move). However, my opponent played 5...a6. That moves looks natura... https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-squid-plays-chess Thu, 25 Feb 2016 01:57:00 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/a-squid-plays-chess Fun & Blood     Edward Lasker published his delightful book "Chess of Fun & Chess for Blood" in 1942.  In this book he examined Chess from the different perspectives of various amateurs in juxtaposition to that of serious tourn... https://www.chess.com/article/view/fun-blood Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:19:45 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/fun-blood How To Use A Chess Computer Whether you are a Luddite or technophile, the importance of being able to successfully collaborate with a chess computer cannot be overstated. In every stage and aspect of the game — opening preparation, endgame theory, game analysis&... https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-use-a-chess-computer Tue, 23 Feb 2016 02:57:19 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-use-a-chess-computer Are You A Chess Expert? Take Our Quiz You definitely like chess. But are you an expert? No, I am not talking about the USCF title you get when your USCF rating is above 2000 but less than 2200 (which is the master title). You can be a USCF expert but not a true expert of chess and v... https://www.chess.com/article/view/are-you-a-chess-expert-take-our-quiz Sun, 21 Feb 2016 00:35:48 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/are-you-a-chess-expert-take-our-quiz Finding Your Real Weaknesses I get a lot of letters from Chess.com members, and though their ratings run the gamut, I do my best to address all ratings as best I can. Today I’ll turn my attention to two players below 1500 : Mr. Prashant1994 and Mr. Rrrtttyyyuuuiii. I&... https://www.chess.com/article/view/finding-your-real-weaknesses Thu, 18 Feb 2016 01:56:01 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/finding-your-real-weaknesses How Chess Saved Beethoven A Little Background:      A man named Wolfgang von Kempelen created a supposed chess-playing machine in 1770.  A chess master cleverly concealed inside controlled the exposed turbaned, mustached figure and the moves... https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-chess-saved-beethoven Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:40:09 -0800 https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-chess-saved-beethoven