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  • Carlsen vs Karjakin: Who Will Win?

    The Candidates' Tournament 2016 is a part of chess history already. You all know the results, so there is no point to recap it again. Two popular internet memes summarize very well how the tournament will be remembered. One of them depicts Presi... | Read More

  • Aronian-Grischuk Blitz Battle Opener April 6: Once More We Play Our Dangerous Game

    Chess.com's first-ever GM Blitz Battle Championship is right around the corner, and the field's two most experienced players will kick things off April 6 at 10 a.m. Pacific (GMT-7), 1 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. London. What does experience come w... | Read More

  • The Most Difficult Chess Puzzle

    Just like many chess players I like to solve chess problems. I especially love problems with a limited number of pieces where it is all about chess logic. Here is one of my all-time favorites and also one of the first I ever solved: Yes, it ... | Read More

  • Even GMs Are Human

    Many a myth has been discussed about the "superhuman" power that a grandmaster holds over the chessboard. Amateur players tend to look at us GMs as untouchable geniuses that cannot put a foot wrong when shuffling our pieces about. I am now going... | Read More

  • Old Age, Great Chess!

    After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal: "We fought like Hussars". Interview after Riga 1979 Interzonal

      Some games are added to the interview. TANJUG Agency (Yugoslavia): Could you please evaluate the tournament and the players? Mikhail Tal: Look at the second Interzonal in Rio. Quiet playing, dense results, a big leading group. Riga was very diff... | Read More

    • Answering the Rubinstein Nimzo like Karpov!

      A look at the famous Karpov Variation of the Nimzo-Indian! | Read More

    • Anatoly Karpov Dragon Killer, Game 4

      In this series of videos I will look at the games of Karpov against the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense. Karpov’s record in this variation is an impressive 15 Wins, 2 Draws and 0 loses. No other player is history has such a record a... | Read More

    • Improving chess technique

      A few years ago my chess technique (the ability to convert an advantage in a chess games) was lacking every now and then, and sometimes that was frustrating and demotivating. In the mean time things are much better. I'd like to give you some idea... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 26, 2016
    • The Najdorf's History

      The Najdorf opening starts with the moves  1. E4-C5 2.Nf3-D6 3.D4-Cxd4 4.Nxd4-Nf6 5. Nc3-A6 The Najdorf was invented by a Polish/Argentine person by the name of Miguel Najdorf .   Miguel Najdorf was born in 1910 in Poland at a early age he s... | Read More

      • gluestix
      • | Apr 24, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Anand, Viswanathan

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    Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand, born on Dec 11, 1969,in chennai india is India's first Grandmaster (1988, at the age of 18) who won the World Junior Championship in 1987.  In 1983, he won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with a perfect 9... Read More »

  • Campomanes, Florencio

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    Florencio Basa Campomanes, born Feb 22, 1927, was the first non-European elected FIDE President (1982-1995).  In 1956, he was the first National Master of the Philippines Chess Federation.  He won the Philippine championship in 1956 and 1960.  ... Read More »

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »

  • Prophylaxis

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    In chess, Prophylaxis means guarding or preventing a move before it is made. A prophylactic move usually haults the opponent from taking action in an area. One example of prophylaxis is, when the king is buried behind a wall of pawns, moving a paw... Read More »

  • Yusupov

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    Artur Mayakovich Yusupov (Jussupow in German) was born on February 13, 1960 in Moscow.  He learned the game of chess in 1966 at the age of 6 and trained at the Moscow Young Pioneers’ Palace. In 1977, at the age of 17, he won the World Ju... Read More »