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  • Study Plan For Advanced Players: The Opening!

    News Oct 28, 2016, 2:07 PM

    Target Skill Range: Advanced (Rated 1800-1999) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Expand your Knowledge of Common Structures and Plans Learn...

  • Classic Combinations: Historic Attacks

    IM Silman Apr 21, 2015, 12:57 PM

    This new series is all about attacking chess, combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats....

  • Find Your Own "Miracle" Opening!

    GM Gserper Feb 8, 2015, 12:53 PM

    The year was 1985.  Garry Kasparov just became the world champion, and together with his mentor, ex-world champion Mikhail Botvinnik, he was running the first session of the famous Botvinnik-Kasparov school. A group...

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History, Part 2

    GM BryanSmith Jan 29, 2015, 12:53 PM

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Smith-Morra Gambit.  As the Smith-Morra began to encounter strong players, a variety of different responses developed. In the early days, declining the gambit was...

  • The Lion of Chess

    batgirl Jan 7, 2015, 4:23 PM

           A long, long time ago. . . in September of 1706 in Amsterdam to be exact, a man named Mr. Caze dated his manuscript on chess, "Instruction pour ce livre d'échecs : contenant les diverses manieres de jouer...

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  • The Black Diemar Gambit (accepted)

    armand984 May 6, 2016, 12:45 PM

    I want to go over a very aggressive opening from white, that isn't played very much at master level, but sub 2000, it works well for a couple of reasons. First, it gets people out of memorized lines fast, so it...

  • What's the Best Chess Game You Ever Played?

    NM eltenedor Apr 14, 2016, 8:45 PM

    What is your favorite chess game that you ever played? Please send it to me, because I'm compiling a "Best Games Collection for the Rest of Us" (which is emerging below). The idea initially struck me because I decided...

  • Mission accomplished..

    KID_Harish Mar 31, 2016, 10:44 PM

    Hello all! , I am very happy now as I am now awarded as a top blogger of chess.com! I got reply from chess.com staff: Great! I’ve made you a top blogger!. Very thanks chess.com. For considering me a top blogger....

  • Alekhine's Opening Tastes

    blohmoremoney Mar 20, 2016, 7:00 AM

    Chessbase Master Class Volume 3 on Alekhine contains an excellent opening survey by GM Dorian Rogozenco.   He covers the ideas introduced by Alekhine in the opening. Specificallly French Defence as White, playing...

  • King's gambit Part 2 Nc3 variation

    Tschaturanga Jan 7, 2016, 12:29 PM

    It's time to delve deeper into the interesting world of the King's gambit. In a way it resembles any other gambit, the important difference is that the practitioner of the gambit must be very careful with their...

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