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  • Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

    IM Silman Mar 23, 2017, 12:53 AM

    Every chess player knows about the classic bishop sacrifice. And everyone wants to smash that light-squared bishop into h7, drag the screaming-in-terror enemy king from its pawn cover, and execute it as its...

  • The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

    GM Gserper Mar 19, 2017, 9:28 AM

    I bet that some of you, my dear readers, think that I am going to talk about "Fool's Mate" or "Scholar's Mate." Indeed, there is no way to get checkmated faster than Fool's Mate: And there is no more popular...

  • How Chess is Like... [FILL IN THE BLANK]

    erik Mar 14, 2017, 5:33 AM

    Chess is many things. A game. An art. A hobby. A science. A sport? But it is also a metaphor that is used in the media to tap into the symbol of intellectual struggle. If you want to show how intricately...

  • How To Not Learn From Your Mistakes Like Karpov

    GM Gserper Mar 11, 2017, 3:31 AM

    As I explained in this article, modern life forces me to recollect the episodes from my childhood years. One such memory is something that every Soviet schoolboy was supposed to know if he wanted to get...

  • Chess Goes Podcasting: Listen To Your Favorites

    FM MikeKlein Mar 8, 2017, 2:58 AM

    In a recent interview, the man who's a perfect five-for-five in writing New York Times bestsellers explained that he now has to chase his audience. And that means podcasting. Fittingly, renowned...

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  • chess rules sheet

    DineshMC Mar 23, 2017, 12:28 AM

    Chess Piece How it Moves Helpful Tips King One space in any direction (forward, backward, sideways, or diagonally) The King can never move himself into check (where he can be captured). Queen As far as she can go...

  • Polish Chess Championships start in Warsaw by Colin McGourty

    sontu1296 Mar 22, 2017, 9:09 AM

    The 2017 Polish Championships kicked off yesterday in the Trading Room of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, with women’s top seed Monika Socko scoring a 122-move win over 3rd seed Karina Szczepkowska. The women’s event...

  • Howell claims Winter Classic in thrilling finish by Colin McGourty

    sontu1296 Mar 22, 2017, 9:06 AM

    David Howell has taken the $5,000 first prize at the Winter Chess Classic in Saint Louis after winning an epic 129-move game in the final round. The English GM played around 90 moves of that game on the 30 seconds...

  • understanding the board and pieces (part 1)

    DineshMC Mar 22, 2017, 7:52 AM

    Understanding the Board and Pieces The board is an 8x8 grid and each space is uniquely identified by a letter followed by a number using a notation called the rank and file system. Each piece has a specific name,...

  • My Recent Problems. 3/22/2017

    LauriAikio Mar 22, 2017, 3:58 AM

    Recent Problems DateID#RatingMy RatingMovesAvg. TimeMy TimeOutcomeMar 22, 2017, 12:52 PM 0480604 1971 1979 0/2 0:30 0:28 Failed (0% | -9) Mar 22, 2017, 12:45 PM 0039751 1932 1988 2/7 1:59 1:15 Failed (25% | -6) Mar...

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  • Howell 'Victorious Veteran' At Winter Chess Classic

    PeterDoggers Mar 22, 2017, 3:47 AM

    At 26 he was the oldest player in the field, but ended up winning the $5,000 first prize. GM David Howell of England won the top group of the Winter Chess Classic in St. Louis, ahead of GMs Dariuz Swiercz of...

  • New add: Vote Chess Leader

    BeepBeep9 Mar 20, 2017, 10:10 AM

    As you probably know are Vote Chess matches have been... Lacking. Thus I am appointing someone to be a Vote Chess Leader, that will discuss moves before anyone votes, thus giving everyone a clear understanding on...


    FideCastro Mar 19, 2017, 10:52 PM

    Dave Pugh       ½        Robin Anderton (126)               ½ Roy Peters       1          Mike Warden (126)                    0 S Grayland       1          Rayyan Farooq (125)                 0 G Mason         ...

  • Carlsen, So, Caruana Advance To PRO Chess Championship Weekend

    NM SamCopeland Mar 16, 2017, 8:10 PM

    The top three players in the world (Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, and Fabiano Caruana) have helped drive their teams (The Norway Gnomes, the Montreal ChessBrahs, and the St. Louis Arch Bishops) to the semi-finals...

  • Puzzles: 3/12/17

    ephemeron-17 Mar 12, 2017, 10:26 AM

    A cool endgame position from a lecture from Greg Shahade. You may have seen this next position if you read Chess.com's articles. But it's too good not to include. My analysis is guided by the one here (spoilers!): http://en.chessbase.com/post/gibraltar-rd07-2 This...

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