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  • The 12 Most Interesting Chess Players Ever

    Who are the most interesting chess players of all time? It’s an interesting question. Are we talking about the best players ever? Even that’s a tricky thing to define. Are the best players the most accomplished? We could go by supe... | Read More

  • Do Arbiters Know The Rules Of Chess?

    Some time ago we tried to answer the question "Do Grandmasters Know The Rules Of Chess?" and concluded that sometimes even world-class GMs forget the most basic rules of chess. But what about arbiters (called tournament directors in the U.S.)... | Read More

  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part I

          Take a walk with me on the wild side . . . of chess.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       When Tarrasch wrote,  ". . .Sg5 , den ich für einen richtigen Stümperzug halt... | Read More

  • Chess Beach Body Ready

    © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | 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

  • Mastering Your Chess Intuition

    Intuition manifests itself first and foremost in the ability, in a somewhat unconscious way, and with a high degree of accuracy, to choose between different lines of play. — GM Valeri Beim, The Enigma of Chess Intuition I ca... | Read More

  • When White Avoids the Benoni: The Vaganian Gambit

    After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5, not every player of the white pieces agrees to take up the baton and confront the Benoni Defense or the Benko Gambit by playing 3.d5. Some may prefer to send the game toward the quieter English Opening by playing ... | Read More

  • Tactics Or Positional Play? A Beautiful Imagination!

    I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy for yo... | Read More

  • Did Hollywood Get 'Pawn Sacrifice' Right?

    By now many Chess.com members have seen the first trailer for Pawn Sacrifice, the Hollywood movie based on the rise of Bobby Fischer to world chess champion. We've known for a while that Spiderman, or rather Tobey Maguire, was to play the fiv... | Read More

  • The World Champions' Favorite Sacrifice

    There is a positional sacrifice that is quite popular in the games of top players, particularly world champions. It works like this: you have your rook on an open file and you have an outpost there. (I hope most of our readers remember that an o... | Read More

  • The Man Who Saved Philidor

        "English chess owes more to the Rev. George Atwood than it does to any other person."    - Dale A. Brandreth, chess historian and collector extraordinaire      As most folks know, the custom of saving games didn't really begin in... | Read More

  • José Raúl Capablanca's World Championship Positional Wins

    Last Friday, we discussed the first half of José Raúl Capablanca's chess career, tracing his meteoric rise through the lens of his finest positional wins. In 1921, after a decade of heated negotiations and parley, the final te... | Read More

  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g4!? The so-called "Li... | Read More

  • Tactics Or Positional Play? The Ladies Return!

    I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... | 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

  • Almost There

    © 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Lasker's Chess Wisdom

    The second world champion in chess history, Emanuel Lasker, was a unique person. Besides being the champion for 27 years (this record will never be beaten for sure!), he was also a famous mathematician and philosopher.  In his prime Lasker ... | Read More

  • Honest Abe

    Honest Abe - Chess Player      Although the documentation is rather sparce and anecdotal,  Abraham Lincoln was known to have been a chess player.  Below are a few of the instances where Chess crossed path with Mr. Lincoln. "The Eve... | Read More

  • José Raúl Capablanca's Greatest Positional Wins

    José Maria Capablanca was a busy man. A lieutenant in the cavalry division of the Spanish army, he spent his limited free time playing chess with fellow soldiers. One day, his four-year-old-son José Raúl decided to reliev... | Read More

  • How To Play The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit

    The 90s were a decade of complex openings:  in particular, the King's Indian and the Semi-Slav. In 1992, a peculiar attacking idea came out of Latvia to combat the Semi-Slav, Meran Variation. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6... | Read More

  • Tactics Or Positional Play? The Ladies Teach Chess

    I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... | Read More

  • The 5 Best Computer Chess Engines

    Computers are the future of chess. Almost everyone agrees on that. But the statement doesn’t go far enough. By and large, computers are also the present of chess. With the question of man vs. machine long-ago settled over the chessboard,... | Read More

  • The Chess Uppercut

    One of the most intellectual sports, chess, surprisingly has many similarities with one of the most barbaric sports, boxing. In both activities you are basically trying to "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Today we are going to ... | Read More

  • 4 Tips To Bounce Back From A Tough Tournament

     The only thing worse than having a bad tournament is having to play another tournament immediately after. If you’re not careful, you may allow your poor performance to affect your subsequent results. Follow the tips below to bounce ... | Read More

  • Manny

     Chess often forms a juncture with various disciplines such as literature, poetry, music, painting or films.  The point where they meet can be symbolic, thematic or just a hook meant to reel in the audience.  Certain artists or writers are, in... | Read More

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