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  • Carlsen vs Karjakin: Who Will Win?

    The Candidates' Tournament 2016 is a part of chess history already. You all know the results, so there is no point to recap it again. Two popular internet memes summarize very well how the tournament will be remembered. One of them depicts Presi... | Read More

  • Cuba

    Avenida de las Palmeras, Habana, ca. 1904      A large island in the Caribbean, this former Spanish colony lies just 93 miles from the state of Florida.  Its proximity to the United States, the inherent beauty of the... | Read More

  • Overextending Your Pawns

    The Chess.com member JN wrote: I took up chess about a year ago when a friend introduced me to the game. Since then, he and I have taken to playing quite often; we typically play about four or five days a week, two or three games in a sitting. ... | Read More

  • 3 King And Pawn Endgame Tips You Must Know

    King and pawn endings are essential to every chess player's understanding of the game. Here are three practical tips when there are just kings and pawns left on the board: Try to create passed pawns. Without queening a pawn, you wo... | Read More

  • How To Use A Chess Computer

    Whether you are a Luddite or technophile, the importance of being able to successfully collaborate with a chess computer cannot be overstated. In every stage and aspect of the game — opening preparation, endgame theory, game analysis&... | Read More


    • Mikhail Tal: "We fought like Hussars". Interview after Riga 1979 Interzonal

      Some games are added to the interview. TANJUG Agency (Yugoslavia): Could you please evaluate the tournament and the players? Mikhail Tal: Look at the second Interzonal in Rio. Quiet playing, dense results, a big leading group. Riga was very diff... | Read More

    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog VIII: Vienna 1922

      Vienna 1922By Larry EvansForeward by John DonaldsonRussell Enterprises Inc. 2011144 pagesVienna 1922 was a blockbuster tournament featuring most of the top players of the day.  Lacking only Lasker and Capablanca, it was a spirited fighting tourna... | Read More

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    • Giving away the advantage in the dragon

      This was a slow, USCF rated game (30/90 SD/60, d/5). I spent 16 minutes on this move and, according to Stockfish, gave away my ~3 point advantage. The position after 18 .. Nb6: I evaluated two different moves: one was spicy and exciting (19. g... | Read More

      • Oneacross
      • | Apr 30, 2016
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    • Kasparov All-girls Tournament

      Dylan Porth, Yayee Tongsiri, and Carmen Pemsler represented Idaho at the prestigious Kasparov National All-Girls Championships held in Chicago, Illinois this past weekend.  Both Dylan and Yayee are students at Silver Creek High School and compete... | Read More

    • Training & Calculation Secrets to Achieve Tactical Mastery!

      We all know the importance of tactics in chess but how can we improve our ability in this critical area? Simply solving hundreds of random puzzles is a very slow way to progress. In the following lecture, I reveal the training secrets and calcula... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Apr 29, 2016
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Video Lessons



  • Modern Benoni

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    The Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns... Read More »

  • Minor Pieces Checkmates

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    MINOR Pieces Are Rarely used for mate  It sometimes only used for support mate Im gonna serve you with some puzzle in a position where king is in the Corner/Edge of the board and , we got a few minor pieces(Bishop, Knight, and maybe a Pawn) I thi... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

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    The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 whe... Read More »

  • Krylenko, Nikolai

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    Nikolai Krylenko (1885-1938) was a chess enthusiast responsible for persuading the Soviet government to support chess.  He was Commissar for War in the first Bolshevik government, then Commander-in-Chief of the Russian armed forces, chief pro... Read More »