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  • Is A Knight On The Rim Always Grim?

    SkladakoV’s question is about this position. He asked: “What if White doesn’t take by 16.Bxa5? Doesn’t that leave the knight on a5 stuck on the side of the board?” Jeremy Silman: I think most people wou... | Read More

  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | Read More

  • Can You Understand These Positions?

    This article is about four interesting positions. Much of this is moderately advanced to very advanced, so hold onto your hats and see if you can meet the storm head-on! I've also discovered some incredible tactical possibilities in one of ... | Read More

  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • Chess Criminals And The Games They Play

    As a man that has many interests (UFOs, martial arts, philosophy, various forms of history [chess and non-chess], literature, art, film, music, and even criminology), I recently began reading an excellent book entitled "Shady Side: The Life and Cr... | Read More

    • Massive Discount for November Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand!

      Registration for the November 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is now open at a highly discounted price! That's right, the world's best chess course is on sale for one month. Even better, five-time World Champion Vishy Anand will also ... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Oct 27, 2016
    • Pawnless Endings Part 1

      In the previous post, where I demonstrated how to win KQ vs K + minor piece could rightly be considered Part 0 of this series.  In light of that, I would have to call the earlier post about  KNNN vs K  Part -1.   This time, I'm going to take ... | Read More

      • Jpatrick
      • | Oct 20, 2016
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    • The Cross Roads at Getting better at the game

      I have a choice whither to start to make chess a big part of my life or focus on other things that I have been neglecting.  I could do a little of both, however, I do not believe I will achieve what I would like to accomplish in chess if I go tha... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Oct 13, 2016
    • I could have been another Back_Yard_Professor

      Well maybe not nearly as popular, but I could have fallen into the same trap of making videos trying to teach people how to play chess when I have absolutely no idea what I am talking about.  If you don't know anything about the back yard profess... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Oct 9, 2016
    • October 2016 Prodigy Program Registration Open!

      Registration for the October 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  11:00 PM PDT on October 7th, 2016. Chess University's core team of world-class instructors will... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Oct 5, 2016

  • Carlsen-Anand: Prediction Time!

    This Saturday the World Championship Match starts in Sochi. Most chess fans think that Magnus Carlsen will keep his title, but what about the experts?  In our first preview we listed the match schedule and basics, and then we gave... | Read More

  • 2012 Holiday Puzzler Answers and Winners

    Many thanks to all the members who entered the 2012 Holiday Puzzler! There were 18 chess related questions, and a total of 29 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? As always the standard of entries was excelle... | Read More

  • Appreciation

    Dear Chesscom Community -I have some bad news: There is a very good chance that one of our beloved and long-standing Columnists will no longer be writing for our site. World renowned chess author, International Master Jeremy Sil... | Read More

  • 2009 Holiday Puzzler Answers And Winners

    So how well did you do in the 2009 Holiday Puzzler? There were 20 chess related questions, and a total of 32 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? The standard of entries was extremely high, and would like to ... | Read More

  • IM Jeremy Silman Joins Columnists is sorry to see IM Andrew Martin move on. His "Your Questions Answered" columns have been extremely good and well-appreciated here. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We are lucky to welcome another excellent columnist to ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • Tactical Devices

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    Hi, this is Chessking47 writing on tactical devices. I guess you know the basic forks, pins, and skewers, but there are more. First of all, the Clearance Sacrifice.  You might love to play a powerful move, but can't because one of your pieces a... Read More »

  • Alekhine's Gun

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    When two rooks are in front of a queen on a file, it is called Alekine's Gun. It is called this because Alekhine used this strategy against Nimzovich in a known game. Idea from "The Complete Book of Chess Strategy" by IM Jeremy Silman Read More »