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  • Advanced Patterns: Pin And Win

    In our last article, we discussed the importance of typical chess patterns using a pin as an example. As you become proficient in recognizing chess patterns, you'll see them everywhere! Suddenly you'll realize that the Morphy's "Ope... | Read More

  • The Fastest Way To Improve Your Chess

    I bet most of our readers have heard the overused cliche, "Chess is 99% tactics." This catchy phrase underlines the importance of calculation in chess, but is chess really 99% tactics? Well, it depends. The chess competition betwe... | Read More

  • The Euphoria Of A Queen Sacrifice

    “Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.” ― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn Magic does happen on the chess board; that is one of the... | Read More

  • The 8 Worst Excuses For Losing A Chess Game

    If you're going to play chess, you have to accept that losing is part of the game. While a chess game might be theoretically drawn with perfect play, even today's best players (humans and engines alike) lose games regularly. The best way to ha... | Read More

  • The Tactical Detector

    Tactics. After thousands of books written on this concept, after the development of several excellent tactical training tools (such as Chess.com's own Tactics Trainer), after the release of countless free engines that serve as paragons of tactical... | Read More

    • What's New In The Latest iOS App?

      Plenty! The latest and greatest version of our iOS app has arrived, bringing some bug-fixes but also some great improvements and new features too! Apple Watch SupportYou can't make moves from your wrist quite yet...but we're getting there! ... | Read More

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      • | Oct 21, 2016
    • Twitch Stream tomorrow

      Hey chess people, I wanted to let you know that I'm trying out a twitch channel. Tomorrow (Friday) I will be streaming chess from 10 am to 2 pm pacific time. The schedule will be (approximately) 10 am: Tactics Trainer 10:30 am: Blitz w/ Comm... | Read More

      • dpruess
      • | Oct 20, 2016
    • Club game 10/15/16

      Hello readers! I've been spending some extra time this week on the Tactics Trainer here on Chess.com, since I seem to be struggling to spot tactics over the board - this is especially true for spotting my opponents' plans. Here is a game that I ... | Read More

      • thnikka
      • | Oct 15, 2016
    • Frustration in an 'Advanced QGD' | Rapid 3

      So last night, I had a horribly frustrating game. My opponent played the Queen's Gambit, so in my pursuit of simple chess, played the QGD. All looked fine until he pushed the c-pawn...   I did what I thought were all the right things, getting a... | Read More

    • Halloween

      It's that time of year again, a time of costumes and tricks, a time of scary end games and traps, and best of all, tons of caffeine and free candy!  Well kids, I'm Vaperchess formerly Kinglybingly, you may remember me losing countless times to th... | Read More

      • vaperchess
      • | Oct 6, 2016


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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 »

  • Sokolosky Opening

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    The Sokolsky Opening (also known as the Orangutan, Polish, or Hunt Opening) is an uncommon chess opening that begins with the move: 1. b4According to various databases, out of the twenty possible first moves from White, the move 1.b4 rank... 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 »

  • What You Need to Know Well as a Beginner

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    The Tactics! If you are directed to the wrong page from my profile,please go back. Forks A fork is basically when one piece attacks two. Skewer When one piece attacks a more valuable piece and then a less valuable piece behind it. Pawns can't... Read More »

  • Underpromotion tactics

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    In 90% of the cases pawns are promoted to queens. Sometimes though, it would be better to promote to something else other than a queen, like in the following examples: Here is one that involves promoting to a rook: If you think your skills at ... Read More »