There are basically three ways a tactic can occur, both for and against you:
The opponent makes a threat for a tactic (or a check or capture), which either can't be met, or can be, but is missed.
There is no existing threat of a tactic, bu... | Read More
In 1826 Johann Mälzel was amazing and mystifying the American public with his exhibition of the chess automation known as the Turk. Just a few years later, that same public would marvel at a living, sometimes chess-... | Read More
Chess.com will host its first pro-am vote-chess event next month, pairing the Baltimore Ravens guard and chess enthusiast John Urschel with International Master Danny Rensch to take on the world over the 64 squares.
Any... | Read More
I am probably a lucky guy, because I never had any "touch-move rule" episodes in my whole chess career. Don't get me wrong, it happened numerous times in my games that either I or my opponent touched a wrong piece at a wrong time, but i... | Read More
I always mention the importance of patterns in chess.
Unfortunately, many laugh at the thought, others prefer to ignore a reality (patterns) that demands hard work for those who dream of being a master, and some view patterns as nothi... | Read More