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  • The Three Philidor Positions

    The chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor is enormous. There is an opening named after him (1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6) and three endgame positions all called "the Philidor Position"! The Philidor position in rook endgames is o... | Read More

  • Nakamura vs Harikrishna: 1 Million Scovilles Of Chess On May 4

    GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Pentala Harikrishna are set to face off May 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in the second GM Blitz Battles Match. You may want to bring a cold glass of milk. "Naka" and "Hari" together make an incredibly spicy combo. The "nag... | Read More

  • How To Avoid Hanging Stuff

    The Chess.com member KayOneM asked about the pros and cons of his games and how he can improve his play. He also mentioned that “in some positional games, when I don’t have any tactics or tricky attack, I don’t know how to improv... | Read More

  • Hammer's Rest Day Report: Norway Chess 2016

    Editor's note: In an exclusive to Chess.com, Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer writes his thoughts on what's happened in Norway so far, original analysis of some of the key games, and some fun, behind-the-scenes looks at what the players do ... | Read More

  • First Brilliancy Prizes

         Throughout the years there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of brilliancy prizes offered.  Some are just games, albeit extremely clever ones, while others have their own stories. Some even have stories that hove... | Read More

    • Endgame Conversion

      In this recent game, I feel I probably should have lost, but whether by my own cunning () or my opponent's trouble with the position (much more likely), I managed to convert this into a winning endgame.The game was very even in the beginning. A fe... | Read More

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      • | Apr 30, 2016
    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog VIII: Vienna 1922

      Vienna 1922By Larry EvansForeward by John DonaldsonRussell Enterprises Inc. 2011144 pagesVienna 1922 was a blockbuster tournament featuring most of the top players of the day.  Lacking only Lasker and Capablanca, it was a spirited fighting tourna... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Apr 30, 2016
    • Chess.com Player Profiles: GM Anton Demchenko

      When Russian grandmaster Anton Demchenko isn´t playing table tennis, going for five hour rides with his bicycle over the mountains to visit his grandparents or dreaming of living in the wild, wild west with the villains and the cowboys, what he r... | Read More

      • Englix
      • | Apr 30, 2016
    • Giving away the advantage in the dragon

      This was a slow, USCF rated game (30/90 SD/60, d/5). I spent 16 minutes on this move and, according to Stockfish, gave away my ~3 point advantage. The position after 18 .. Nb6: I evaluated two different moves: one was spicy and exciting (19. g... | Read More

      • Oneacross
      • | Apr 30, 2016
    • KIMPLODES--64 squares explained! (Part 1 of 9)

      KIMPLODES--sounds like a TV cartoon show, but instead it's an analytic approach that lets me tease out a few of Caissa's secrets. Some of my online acquaintances tell me they use it during coaching sessions with students, including a FIDE expert ... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Kim Commons

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    Originally from Southern California, International Master Kim Commons passed away in Arizona, in 2015, at the age of 63. According to chessgames.com, his performance rating in the 22nd Chess Olympiad placed him among the top 15 players in the w... Read More »

  • Chess games

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    I know this won't help you learn more but it might be nice to look at game. I made these games all up okay? And I am not perfect so feel free to point out a mistake   That was pretty exiting?!? Just don't move your Queen to early. Read More »

  • checkmater

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    Chess is a wonderful game of strategy. To start you should move some pieces first, then move other pawns. The point of the game is to win the opponent. To win the opponent, you should defeat the king.To defeat the opponent you should know how to ... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »

  • Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

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    The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 whe... Read More »