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 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 The Craziest King Moves Ever In one of my recent articles, I mentioned a funny story where an illegal king move was played, which made me wonder: what are the craziest king moves in the history of chess? So here I am presenting the games where such moves were made. In order... https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-craziest-king-moves-ever Sun, 29 May 2016 02:25:57 -0700 https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-craziest-king-moves-ever 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 sometime... 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