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  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

    The Chess.com member Olaspecial wrote: “I am keen to become Nigeria’s next titled player (I hope this makes you smile) and I believe you can help me get there. I am diligent and I have been working hard at developing my opening repe... | Read More

  • Spotting And Avoiding Tactics

    There are basically three ways a tactic can occur, both for and against you: The opponent makes a threat for a tactic (or a check or capture), which either can't be met, or can be, but is missed. There is no existing threat of a tactic, bu... | Read More

  • It's Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana May 10: GM Blitz Battle #3

    Who will be the third player to reach the semifinal, Fabiano Caruana or Maxime Vachier-Lagrave? We'll know at the end of Chess.com's third GM Blitz Battle Championship, scheduled for Tuesday, 10 May at 10 a.m. Pacific (GMT-7), ... | Read More

  • A Little Mystery

    Let’s take a quick look (no notes) at the following game. We will be looking at a few games by the Chess.com member RevolNoom, a young man (born 2001) from Hanoi, Vietnam (I was there a few years ago and had a very good time). H... | 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

    • Big Random Mess

      Signups are now open for our very first semi-annual, almost perpetual, hardly at all, never repeating, same old thing, bi-perennial, super oscillating Big Random Mess. It’s one week, one round: just to fill in between our May and June tournamen... | Read More

      • SirIvanhoe
      • | May 26, 2016
    • My First Quebec Juniors

      I remember my first Quebec Junior Chess Championships as if it were yesterday. How do I remember it so vividly? Part of it is because I have a very respectable memory. Part of it is because the event was just a month ago. I know what you’re... | Read More

      • yk333218
      • | May 25, 2016
      • | 1 comment
    • Skwim, aikido, and improving at chess

      For about a year and a half I've been playing Skwim a couple of times a month.  It's a team sport similar to Ultimate, but played in a swimming pool with a soft rubber disk that skims along the water.  My local pool holds games every Friday with... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | May 25, 2016
    • Decisive Finish

      In my previous blog, I reported on the first four rounds of my last tournament. The slogan of the competition was "all or nothing". Only the winner earns prize money. The other players came away empty-handed. At the beginning, the participant's li... | Read More

      • Adrochatio
      • | May 25, 2016
    • A Quiet Opening and a Wild Game

      Hi chess friends, Yesterday, I played a game in the Northern Virginia Chess League against an opponent with a rating right around my own. I knew that he played the Benoni frequently and I wanted no part in a theoretical fight, so I played a quiet... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | May 23, 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Patzer

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    Patzer is basically when you have a minimal rating in chess. Read More »

  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »