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  • American Woman - Part III

      Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important...

  • To Sacrifice Or Not To Sacrifice, That Is The Question

    • IM Silman
    • Jan 4, 2017, 7:34 PM

    NinjaSocks123 asked: I’m currently reading How to Reassess Your Chess 4th edition and I’m currently on chapter four. You keep talking about weighing both sides’ imbalances (including material)...

  • Learning Chess Patterns Is Easy

    • IM Silman
    • Dec 29, 2016, 8:11 AM

    I recently noticed an article that tried to clarify what a pattern is. I found it quite agonizing since the writer didn’t understand patterns but was trying hard to isolate exactly what it was (a noble...

  • A Love Affair With Squares

    • IM Silman
    • Dec 15, 2016, 3:38 AM

    No, I’m not talking about boring, rigid or out-of-touch people who are sometimes referred to as “squares.” I’m going to discuss squares on a chessboard and just how important a “key”...

  • When A Chess Pattern Backfires

    Everyone agrees that knowledge of typical chess patterns is one of the main requirements for a chess player to become really strong. In our weekly column, we regularly analyze typical positional and tactical...

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