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  • Opening Questions And A Dream Mate

    Openings That Lead to a Draw Question: Chess.com member jos2001 wrote, “I’m a 1076-ranked player who wants to know the best openings to draw.” Answer: Though various openings are known to be drawish at the master level (and u... | Read More

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician Chess.com member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Strategy

    In my last article, I gave you five tips to improve your tactics.  If you did your homework and practiced your tactics (either Tactics Trainer, or my Chess Genie app) you will see the benefits right away! However, learning strateg... | Read More

  • Game Of Thrones Or Chess Puzzles?

    IM Daniel Rensch has tried live daily puzzle sessions before, racing against the clock to complete chess tactics before the timer expires. But even Chess.com’s master tactics trainer hasn’t attempted anything like this. This Sunday... | Read More

  • Can A GM And Rybka Beat Stockfish?

    Around June, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well establis... | Read More


    • Puzzle of the Day, February 12th 2016!

      Early bird gets the worm...once again I post the puzzle early! Another beautiful composition I found in Tactics Trainer: | Read More

    • Breaking 2000 in Tactics Trainer

      It was difficult for me. 1 of the hard ones that I passed was a subtle Queen trade followed by pushing the pawn, then attacking the rook and threateaning mate at which point it couldn't defend both. My Current Tactics Rating is 2008 after getting ... | Read More

    • I just earned the National Master title. Here's how.

      (Note: If you want to avoid some random anecdotes and just want to get to the things I think may benefit players embarking on similar quests, just skip to the bold stuff below.) I've been working on this one for a while, and it's nice to finally h... | Read More

      • eltenedor
      • | Feb 11, 2016
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    • A Beautiful Puzzle

      I just wanted to store this puzzle somewhere because it is pretty sweet.   Thought I may as well put it here so anyone who is interested can solve it as well. It is rated about 2100 on Tactics Trainer with an average solve time of 2 minutes, or... | Read More

      • MClode
      • | Feb 10, 2016
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    • My Chess Progression Chart

      I don't share this often but I thought I would post my latest chart of chess progression. The chart's x-axis begins at 7/1/2013, which is when I started with my training program. The chess.com rating is the standard time control and the tactics ra... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Feb 8, 2016
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  • Become Better At Chess, Part 1

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    Hello Everyone!Today, I, John, will teach you my experiences in life about chess.Chess is a very strategic game, proven to help with the cure of Alzheimer. It is not only fun to play, but challenging. Now as you know, lots of people on this site ... Read More »

  • Invite your friends and party

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    Do you like chess? Well of course you do! Why else would you be on this website? So if you have friends who like chess why not invite them over for a chess party?  Set up some boards and have your friends play eachother.  Set up puzzles for each... Read More »

  • OVERLOADCHESS 222

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    Sometimes a chess piece is overloaded by having more than one defensive job to do. The overworked piece can be exploited by capturing one of the pieces it is defending or occupying a square it is defending forcing it to leave its other defensive ... Read More »

  • decoy

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    Chess games many times are won and lost because of a single tactical move. One of the most common tactics that you will see in any chess game is the decoy. The decoy in chess is finding a poisoned square that your opponent would never want to g... Read More »

  • Aagaard, Jacob

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    Jacob Aagaard Madsen, born July 31, 1973, is a Grandmaster (2005) originally from Denmark, but now living in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is usually referred to simply as Jacob Aagaard. He finished 2nd in the 111th Scottish Championship in 2004.  He... Read More »