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  • Fixing Your Weaknesses

    This week, we’ll take a look at a young Indian player, Sakshi1234567. She had this to say: “I am 13 years old. My father taught me chess when I was 10. I’ve been taking the game seriously from October 2015. I want to become a g... | Read More

  • 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... | Read More

  • Bilbao Bull Run

    © 2016, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Carlsen vs Karjakin And Crude Oil

    The world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin is getting closer, and it is time to update our old forecast. This time I will channel my inner Nate Silver and provide you with some numbers.  Let's loo... | Read More

  • Chess Criminals And The Games They Play

    As a man that has many interests (UFOs, martial arts, philosophy, various forms of history [chess and non-chess], literature, art, film, music, and even criminology), I recently began reading an excellent book entitled "Shady Side: The Life and Cr... | Read More


    • A Little-Known Leonid Stein Brilliancy

      This game was played at the 1966 Soviet Team Championship, Avangard (Ukraine) vs Mehnat (Uzbekistan). Annotated by Stein himself. | Read More

    • How sport helps you to win more chess games?

      Today I continue to write about my daily experiences in the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course.  You can read about the past days:   Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6    My goals:  1. I want to study chess in an org... | Read More

    • And The Best Staff Member Of Chess.com Is...

      In late 2013, Chess.com decided that all staff member raises would be decided by virtue of a company-wide tournament. Kidding, but I wouldn't object! We did have a tournament online just for fun, and two years later crowned a champion. Luckily f... | Read More

      • MikeKlein
      • | Jul 26, 2016
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    • Converting an Advantage into a Win - Hanging Pieces

      As I continue my series on "Converting an Advantage into a Win", today I will talking about hanging pieces/undefended pieces. What's a hanging piece? Well it's quite simple. A hanging piece is a piece that is a free piece to take. This is the most... | Read More

    • Visualization Puzzles #4

      Easy: After 1. Rh7+ Kg8 2. Rfg7+ Kf8 3. Rxd7, can Black get away with ...a1=Q?   Medium: The game went 50...Rf8 51. Rxb4 f6 52. Bc5 Rc8 53. exf6 Rxc5 54. f7 Rc8 55. Rb7 and now Black played ...Bd3, but what if Black had played ...Bg6 intendin... | Read More

      • Bab3s
      • | Jul 22, 2016
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Video Lessons


Chessopedia


  • 2 rooks checkmate

    • 21 Reads
    • | 21 Reads

    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • pin; a way to win

    • 4 Reads
    • | 4 Reads

    Pins are a way to win because the piece checks the king and the knight, bishop, rook or queen can block it.This is a severe weakness becase if  the pinner is less valueable than the blocker,the pinner can capture the blocker and get a bigger va... Read More »

  • Scholar's Mate

    • 50 Reads
    • | 50 Reads

    Scholar's Mate is also known as the "4 move mate". It is mostly this:           You can't trust it in all cases though,this is why:It Can be blocked and puts your pieces in a bad position. Once you block it you will usually win the ga... Read More »

  • Back Rank Mates

    • 1 Read
    • | 1 Read

    A back rank mate is when a rook or queen check cannot be escaped from.   Also, it can occurr when the piece defending the back rank is pinned. Finally, a back rank checkmate works if the defender cannot block. Back rank mates are howevr on... Read More »

  • Values

    • 4 Reads
    • | 4 Reads

    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of Chess.com games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »