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  • Becoming An Expert

    If you're reading this, chances are you've been trying to crack the rating threshold to finally claim the "expert" title. This series is designed to help you do just that. Learn from one of chess' most accomplished coaches what it takes to re... | Read More

  • Vasily Smyslov And The Closed Sicilian

    Although Vasily Smyslov was only the world champion for one year, he is nevertheless remembered as among the greatest players ever, and his matches with Mikhail Botvinnik dominated chess in the 1950s. All in all, they played three matches, with ... | Read More

  • Chess.com University's College-like Chess Courses

    Chess.com University's courses offer a college-like chess learning experience. Unlike in Chess.com University seminars, only 10% to 15% of instruction in courses is delivered live. Previously taught courses are available in the independent-study f... | Read More

  • Ask a Chess Openings Expert!

    Dear Ask-a-Chess-Openings-Expert, My husband and I were planning on taking a trip next month to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary, but my mother refuses to watch the kids ever since Timmy put her cat in the refrigerator.  Bill, my husban... | Read More

  • "100 Soviet Chess Miniatures" by P.H. Clarke

    This week I will be covering a very interesting old book called 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures. The games were selected and annotated by P.H. Clarke. This book is particularly unique because the games are entirely by unknown players, and the games ar... | Read More


    • Contender Series 17

      Chess.com Online August 1, 2016  Match-Up Analysis     VS   X_PLAYER_J_X                                    I_Am_Adweith     Players Chess Knowledge High                                  ... | Read More

    • My best chance to beat a master in a tournament game

      In Round Two of the Washington Open I played a Closed Sicilian as White against NM Josh Sinanan. After a fairly routine opening, I found a clever idea to get an attack going only to mess it up when I played the wrong move order in a very sharp pos... | Read More

    • World Open G/10 Highlights

      The World Open itself was too long and expensive for me this year, but I visited yesterday to see a few people and play in side events. I figured playing some quick chess under less pressure was a decent reward for rushing up the 2100s last week. ... | Read More

    • Who Needs Sleep If You're 2150?

      Still not sure how I pulled this off with 3-4 hours of sleep, but I gained over 50 rating points (and some pocket cash) in Solon, Ohio this weekend! As I mentioned before, I will soon be joining chess^summit, with the relaunch in one (!) day and... | Read More

    • 4th Cherry Blossom Classic

      For my first FIDE tournament, that was quite rough (also my first time with the increment, though I think that's a positive). Having an off-weekend against a strong expert/master field comprehensively exposed my relative lack of experience and int... | Read More




  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Manhattan Chess Club

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    Founded on November 24, 1877 at the Café Logeling in New York City.   Dues were $4 a year.  On December 7, 1877 the members voted for the name of the chess club to be the Manhattan Chess Club (the other choices were Morphy Chess Club and Metro... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence,Accelerated Dragon

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    Many people suffers against maroczy bind setup against accelerated dragon which arises after the following move orders.In this type of setup white normally deided to play with strong centre and its very good setup for white againt accelerated dra... Read More »

  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »