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  • 6 Things You Should Always Do in Blitz

    Playing live online chess can be great fun, but sometimes you just want to play another person over the board. As we all know, playing over-the-board chess has its own set of rules and guidelines that must be followed in tournament play. Breac... | Read More

  • The Return of Readers’ Games, Part 1

    When I was doing readers’ games (and I’ll return to that at some point next year) I would heap praise on good moves or even interesting moves, and I wouldn’t hesitate to call a horrible move what it was... horrible. Some readers ... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 24, 2013

    Right after the show tonight my wife and I ran out for the 3-D showing of Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was a good movie - we've come a long way in portraying science fiction on the big screen. Ironically I started watching Star Trek about the sam... | Read More

  • Surviving the Perfect Storm

    There are many openings where you fianchetto your Bishop (i.e. you develop your Bishop to g2 for White or to g7 for Black). There your Bishop is going to control the long diagonal and offer an extra protection for your King. But what is that? Your... | Read More

  • Classical Games Everybody Should Know, Part 7

    I am frequently asked if the classical games played by great champions should be memorized. In my opinion it is not necessary. But what you should do for sure is to understand and memorize the key ideas of those games.  If you learn typical p... | Read More

    • Time Pressure

      HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN TIME PRESSURE? I have and it's pretty annoying when you're in time pressure especially when you are ahead. One time I was up a queen but lost on time. One tip is to use pre-moves, if you don't know what pre-move is, you basi... | Read More

      • KS-Y
      • | Jun 29, 2016
    • When to Block a Username: A dialogue with "the devil"...

      Below I have posted a conversation between myself (IMperf_X_ion00) and someone who goes by the moniker "JesusIsFalseGod". The purpose of displaying this dialogue is to point out why it is necessary to stand up for your beliefs, or when you should... | Read More

    • It's them again...

      It didn't take much time for them to notice...they seem to be getting smarter. They even show you a "friendly" message telling that "an investigation is being conducted" But I simply don't care, I will not let them do the job. They will not get... | Read More

      • 1_Teacher
      • | Jun 4, 2016
    • Mailbag May 2016

      I get quite a number of messages and emails regularly about chess training, and I think this is because I started playing chess as an adult.  Mark that well: I’m not someone who played ever before the age of 25.  I learned how the pieces move ... | Read More

      • Milliern
      • | May 11, 2016
    • At Long Last, A Taste of Caviar (And a Flashback to my 1400 Days!)

      It took almost two years and an inordinate amount of frustration, but I have finally managed to defeat an expert for only the second time in my rated chess career.    To start off, I have to preface this by explaining that this post is going t... | Read More

      • dpnorman
      • | Apr 21, 2016

  • July 2011 FIDE Rating List

    Magnus Carlsen has regained the #1 position at the top of the official FIDE world chess rankings. Carlsen gained six rating points during the Bazna Kings tournament, pushing world champion Vishy Anand back down to #2. Carlsen tweeted that he was,... | Read More

  • Computer Workout 2.0

    Today I'd like to unveil what will be an extremely valuable training tool for those who choose to make use of it: Computer Workout. What? You've seen it before? Tried it before? No way! This is a 90% "completely" new Computer Workout, redesigned ... | Read More

  • Big Release of Features, Bug Fixes, and Upgrades

    We've been cranking away on cool new features, bug fixes, and improvements for the last several weeks and we are adding them all to the site today! Most of the improvements have come from YOUR suggestions and YOUR bug reports! Below is a list ... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Mar 13, 2008
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    • | Misc
  • Chessmaster for Nintendo DS

    For the past year I have been searching for a good handheld portable chess computer, but after ordering some less expensive versions with highly pixelated LCD screens I have been disappointed until Chessmaster for the Nintendo DS was released. I&#... | Read More