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  • 7 Bullet Chess Tips By Hikaru

    Editor’s note: Last week, Hikaru Nakamura achieved the highest bullet rating in Chess.com history at 3262. He is widely considered the best speed chess player in history. A vote by titled players confirmed this last year. Want to get ... | Read More

  • A Legendary Chess Zen Master Has Died

    When I was just turning 19, I would go with a friend to Berkeley and visit the Hare Krishna temple. Were we into them? No, not at all. But every evening they offered free (very tasty!) food, and when you are broke and starving, you are willing t... | Read More

  • The Player I'd Most Like to Have Met

         Throughout the history of the game, chess has produced innumerable fascinating personalities.  Some were stars, others played supporting roles.  Many of them, at least from the hazy vantage point of my clouded ... | Read More

  • 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

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Speed Chess -- The Bad

    Topic for June: the endgame (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column.) The Bad Things About Speed Chess? (For answers to all other speed chess questions received, please read my replies in the for... | Read More

    • 7 tips from Hikaru

      7 tips from Hikaru Editor’s note: Last week, Hikaru Nakamura achieved the highest bullet rating in Chess.com history at 3262. He is widely considered the best speed chess player in history. Avote by titled players confirmed this last year... | Read More

    • Beginning A Long Journey To Really Learn Chess

      I first started playing chess back in 1972.  I had bought a chess set and used to play some games with my uncle who lived with our family for a time.  Looking back, Uncle wasn't that strong of a player to be sure but he was certainly better than... | Read More

    • Getting better at the game Part 3

      I started reading the second chapter of chess improvement.  I now realize my biggest problem.  Over the years, since I only played blitz often never did I play slow chess, I developed the bad habit of not considering all of my "candidate moves,"... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Oct 24, 2015
    • The Calabrian Sacrifice

      I should start by saying that I am not a good chess player. I am enthusiastic, but certainly won't be threatening Carlsen any time soon! However, this means I get to play some rather satisfying combinations (for me anyway) that would certainly nev... | Read More

      • wolffie13
      • | Oct 10, 2015
    • Chess streaming event of the year!!

      This coming Wednesday, the 16th of September, chess.com are holding an exciting new and interesting competition. - The 1st ever streamers challenge! You must hand it to chess.com who keep coming up with new and exciting ideas that take our belove... | Read More

      • Ginger_GM
      • | Sep 13, 2015

Video Lessons

  • En Passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may ... Read More »

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • Divinsky, Nathan

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    Nathan Divinksy (1925-2012) was a Canadian chess master and played in several Canadian chess Olympiads.  He served as assistant dean of science at the University of British Columbia.  His former wife (1972-1983), Kim Campbell, was the 19th P... Read More »

  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »