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  • The Deadliest Chess Pattern

    There are many patterns in chess which you should know if you want to become strong. I have discussed many of them in this column through the years. Today, I'll talk about the deadliest chess pattern, the one that usually ... | Read More


         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • The Best Pawn Moves Ever

    This article concludes our exploration of the best moves played by each chess piece throughout history. To my surprise, the tiniest guys in chess provided so much material that I have to agree with the great Philidor that "pawns are... | Read More

  • Candidate Profile: Fabiano Caruana

    By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Just like Rocky Balboa, Fabiano “The Italian Stallion” Caruana is getting his first shot at becoming the world champion. But unlike Rocky, Caruana isn’t a dark horse. Caruana is ra... | Read More

  • Finding Your Real Weaknesses

    I get a lot of letters from Chess.com members, and though their ratings run the gamut, I do my best to address all ratings as best I can. Today I’ll turn my attention to two players below 1500 : Mr. Prashant1994 and Mr. Rrrtttyyyuuuiii. I&... | Read More

    • Ulster Chess Championship 2016

      This is my first blog post. I'm going to post about my games and also some other interesting games I come across. Recently, I played in the junior section of the Ulster Chess Championship held in Belfast from 27th to 29th of August, 2016. It was ... | Read More

      • z3ppj1g5aw
      • | Oct 17, 2016
    • An Unlikely Pair

          In this post, I am going to present two games.  The first is one where I got paired with someone around 200 points lower.  In a lot of ways, it was a routine win, where I get a slight edge, and then he chose an incorrect plan, leaving the ... | Read More

      • Jpatrick
      • | Oct 4, 2016
    • My Chess Life

      I just wanted to share how my chess play evolved. Well, I started to play chess when I was at primary school (I think first or second grade). Two friends of mine were already going to the "chess circle" (that's how it was called in the former So... | Read More

      • aln276
      • | Sep 22, 2016
    • Supercharge my chess - day 9

      Today I continue to write about my daily experiences in the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course.  You can read about the past days: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8  My goals:  1. I want to study che... | Read More

    • Trapping White Queen on h5

      Many blitz matches begin by this move where white will take out its queen all the way to h5 square threatening to checkmate in 3 moves. The usual response by black to scare away the queen is g6. This is a big mistake. The white queen then captur... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »

  • Why you should almost never advance the soldier on f7!

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    You know in chess, your entire army works as a team!! But sometimes  a piece rebels against the king. They are out to cause trouble! Either that or they made the wrong move at the wrong time! In this case the f7 pawn made the same mistake! Or the... Read More »

  • You never know when you will face these very unusual and usual places

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    There are many positions in chess! There are three phases of the game-Beginning-middlegame-and Endgame! We will focus mainly on the Endgame today!!  This Endgame is simple.  It is focusing on the King and pawn versus king. This position is won-... Read More »

  • Chess tips

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    You always want to improve your game. Here are 5 simple and easy chess tips. 1 Attack with all your pieces 2 don't bring out your queen too early 3 Take your time 4 Don't play odd moves to confuse the other player unless you are 100 percent su... Read More »