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  • 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 unlikel... | Read More

  • How To Play When You're Winning Easily

    In all sports, you play much differently when you are winning easily. In baseball, if you are leading 8-0 in the 8th inning, you would not pull your fresh relief pitcher out of the game to pinch hit and try to get another run. In soccer, if y... | Read More

  • What Is The Initiative?

    The Chess.com member Mornarben wrote: “My question is about the initiative. I seem to be able to play well in the beginning, getting positions with good central control, but [I] never see a good way to launch an attack to seize the initiativ... | Read More

  • The Art Of 'Tempo Moves' In Chess

    Why title this series "The Art Of The Tempo Move In Chess"? Tempos are more than a tactical strategy. With the right finesse and calculation, tempos can subtly generate a number of different threats against your opponent. In this five-part serie... | Read More

  • The Death Of The Berlin Defense

    "You might not be able to fight like a samurai, but you can at least die like a samurai." -- Kill Bill, Vol. 1.  The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez is a very peculiar opening. Spectators hate it, most chess players hate it (coun... | Read More

    • A lição de um grande mestre de xadrez para resolver problemas

      Maurice Ashley é um grande mestre do xadrez. Ele foi o primeiro americano negro a conseguir esse título e foi incluído neste ano no Hall da Fama do xadrez dos Estados Unidos. Ashley não só é um excelente jogador como faz questão de promover... | Read More

      • Aarao
      • | Aug 23, 2016
    • The Nd5 sacrifice in the Sicilian

      The Nd5 sacrifice is a thematic idea in the sicilian defence. If black captures it it will open the center for white's attack. White often uses it to open lines for the attack or to break through when he has a huge lead in development. Sometimes ... | Read More

      • logozar
      • | Aug 20, 2016
    • A origem valenciana do xadrez

      “O que a história nos ensina é que a história não nos ensina nada”. Com o aforismo do dramaturgo irlandês Bernard Shaw podia começar esta crónica para confessar o meu espanto ao ver transladada no Nuevo Ensayo de Bibliografía Española... | Read More

      • Aarao
      • | Aug 20, 2016
    • Why not Qxg2? Onischuk and the poisoned pawn

      In my last post, I posted a game between Pavel Eljanov, seed 3 in the Chess.com IOM Tournament and Alexander Onischuk. In move 13, Onischuk, playing black, has his Queen on g4, and instead of taking the opportunity presented to capture Qxg2, he re... | Read More

    • A guide to the chess Olympiad – Part I

      NOTE:  This was supposed to be a small note, but once I assembled all the questions I’ve been asked over the years, it quickly turned into quite a long article. So I’ve broken it up into two parts, vaguely along the li... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Aug 19, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Englund Gambit

    • 4 Reads
    • | 4 Reads

    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Saragossa Opening

    • 3 Reads
    • | 3 Reads

    The Saragossa Opening (or Hempel's Opening) is a chess opening defined by the opening move: 1. c3Since White usually plays more aggressively in the opening, the Saragossa is considered an irregular opening, classified as A00 by theEncyclop... Read More »

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

    • 52 Reads
    • | 52 Reads

    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 »

  • King's Indian Attack

    • 8 Reads
    • | 8 Reads

      The King's Indian Attack (KIA), also known as the Barcza System (after Gedeon Barcza), is a chess opening system for White, most notably used by Bobby Fischer. Its typical formation is shown in the diagram to the right.It is an attacki... Read More »

  • Evans Gambit

    • 2 Reads
    • | 2 Reads

     The Evans Gambit is characterised by the moves: 1. e4 e52. Nf3 Nc63. Bc4 Bc54. b4 History The gambit is named after the Welsh sea Captain William Davies Evans, the first player known to have employed it. The first game with the open... Read More »