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  • The Day the Stars Came Out

                    Like a poorly rehearsed play, nothing seemed to go right.  What started out as a brilliant idea was fizzling out before everyone's eyes.   Perhaps it was ... | Read More

  • The Positional Queen Sacrifice

    Alone together. Foolish wisdom. Cruel kindness. Arrogant humility. All of these phrases are oxymorons, "combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings."  The title of this article seems to fit this definition to the lett... | Read More

  • U.S. Chess League Highlights - 2013

    In its 10th season, the United States Chess League brought its action live to Chess.com. This annual contest between the strongest chess cities in the United States brought together a congregration of enthusiastic spectators to commentate, critici... | Read More

  • Sac A Queen To Find A Mate! A Love Story Video Series

    We all have terrible ideas now and then. Typically, they stem from the crazy urge to sacrifice a piece. Even the best of the best can’t always resist. In fact, this series will pay tribute to those special moments when the game's most powerf... | Read More

  • Louis Paulsen II

         I'd written about Paulsen several times in different places. HERE is my article at Chess.com of which I'll consider this an extension.      Why write more on Louis Paulsen?  I am fascinated with the 19th century and chess during th... | Read More


    • Tactics Books Worth Considering

      I've had an interest in tactics books for some time now.  They have some distinct advantages over other types of books: no board required readable anywhere (on the train, over lunch, etc.) short time commitment-meaning if you got five minutes yo... | Read More

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      • | Jan 28, 2016
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    • A fantastic queen sacrifice

      Hi all! Today I've just catched a fantastic queen sacrifice from the Hungarian grandmaster Attila Czebe! I'm going to show it! That was what I intended to show you. I'm very unhappy and I'll try to contact chess.com, because I have wrote several... | Read More

    • Going to Chess Club Tonight

      In my attempt to warm back up in Chess so I can make a decent showing at the Mechanic's Chess Institute, I am going to a local chess club to play for a few hours tonight. I dusted off the old tournament set and chess clock and I am looking forward... | Read More

      • woh3
      • | Jan 7, 2016
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    • Active Defense

      ThinkingSquares www.thinkingsquares.com Some time ago I came across this game played in the 2015 Russian Team Championship between Grandmasters Nepomniachtchi and Sjugirov and one variation caught my eye, so I decided to share it with you. The g... | Read More

    • Checkmate Patterns

      Checkmate Patterns The first thing for the reader to learn is to see every possible mate; this is one of the requirements of a good player.Renaud and Kahn, The Art of the Checkmate When David Weinstock recommended The Art of the Checkmate (... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Dec 10, 2015
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  • Swallow's Tail Mate

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    The Swallow's Tail Mate is a rare mating pattern. The king is checkmated by an enemy queen, and two friendly pieces block off the backward-diagonal escape squares. 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »