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  • 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 ... | Read More

  • 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... | Read More

  • Why Chess Players Blunder (Part 2)

    Part 1 of our previous instalment offered a theoretical framework for blunders. This second part suggests a way to combat impulsiveness and blunder-tendencies. Chess players are often encouraged to read chess books and watch DVDsto improvetheir ... | Read More

  • 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... | Read More

  • 3 Tips To Study Tactics

    A famous saying goes "chess is 99 percent tactics." Here are three tips for studying tactics: Practice calculation and solve puzzles at least three times per week. Your ability to spot tactics successfully during a game will depend upon patter... | Read More


    • May 2016 Prodigy Program

      Registration for the May 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Newly crowned U.S. Women's National Champion IM Nazí Paikidze will start contributing to the Prodigy Program this month. Regist... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | May 4, 2016
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    • 30+30 Double Round Robin 1 - Round 2, Game 2 Analysis

      So this is one of my games, and although it was decided by a couple of glaring oversights on my part I think it is very instructive as a result of Harrison's cool, straightforward and logical treatment of an opening which I'm sure he doesn't have ... | Read More

      • JPTriton
      • | May 3, 2016
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    • Deep Tactics

      The engines show how the tactics in this game (which I lost) should have been played! Note especially the analysis at move 19  , at move 23 and the forced mate in 7 sequence at move 24. Very instructive! | Read More

    • Rather unknown grandmaster games - part 1

      Just came across a mind blowing defensive game by a not so well known GM. It is so astonishing that I'll give it without annotations. The moves speak silence for itself. A quick Stockfish analysis showed that white made a few mistakes, but black p... | Read More

      • achja
      • | May 1, 2016
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    • KIMPLODES--King Safety! (Part 2 of 10)

      King Safety is the Topic of the Day! His Majesty is the weakest piece on the board, unable to bear to approach other pieces too closely lest they check him away...or into his grave (do King's have graves, or only mauseleoms, pyramids, or oth... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • En passant

    • 1063 Reads
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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may onl... Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

    • 2224 Reads
    • | 2224 Reads

    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Abonyi, Istvan

    • 29 Reads
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    Istvan Abonyi (1886-1942) was a Hungarian master.  He was born and died in Budapest.  In 1912, he played the Abonyi Gambit (1.Nf3 d5 2.e4) for the first time. In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit (1.a3 Nf6 2.b3 e5) against  the Dutch surge... Read More »

  • Abbazia Defense

    • 667 Reads
    • | 667 Reads

    A King's Gambit Accepted variation (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d5) (ECO classification - C36).  The name comes from a tournament, Abbazia 1912, in which all the games had to be a King's Gambit Accepted.  The event was won by Rudolf Spielmann,  Ab... Read More »