Professor: How nice to see you all today, class.
The class tried to look like it was smiling.
Professor: If you recall, last week’s session began with a position Thomas had emailed me.
Thomas: It was a position where a queen beat a rook and k... | Read More
Mikhail Botvinnik had regained the world championship in 1958, but soon after the chess world's attention was captured by the rapid ascent of a young player with an unusually sharp and creative style: the Latvian Mikhail Tal.
Frequently ma... | Read More
After a brief summer break, Chess.com's Death Match returns less than three days from now with a battle between two gold medal winners.
GM Wang Yue (China, FIDE 2713) will take on GM Aleksandr Lenderman (USA, FIDE 2584) in D... | Read More
Is the Sicilian Wing Gambit and the French Defense a version of the Benko Gambit!?
I used to play the Wing Gambit against the Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3. I must say I played it due to my laziness (avoiding the Sicilian t... | Read More
By Steve Farmer
My favorite time of year is finally here; cooler weather, football season under way, the World Series is around the corner... as is basketball. But above all else, the US Chess League has already started!
Chess.com hosted the US ... | Read More
Most chess players have found themselves lost deeply in a game, so consumed by the position on the board — or the tactics brewing in their heads — that they all but ignore their surroundings.
Usually these games are played ... | Read More
You cannot be a really strong chess player unless you know how to play endgames.
This simple statement was a cornerstone of the Soviet school of chess. There was even a well known Russian chess saying: "С молодёжью - в эндш... | Read More
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Interview with José Diaz
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As promised, we will continue our coverage of the greatest upsets in chess history by moving in reverse chronological order.
Of course, it is rather ludicrous to assume that upsets did not exist before Elo ratings were implemented and recognized... | Read More
I recently took a train from Amsterdam to the quaint little Belgium town of Bruges. Looking for a book to keep me occupied for the four hour ride, I remembered my review copy of Richard Pert’s Playing the Trompowsky, which is certainly thinner t... | Read More
Professor: Good afternoon, class.
The class offered a nebulous “hello” to the Professor.
Rachel: What's on the agenda for today, Professor?
Professor: I thought we'd show examples based on a position Thomas emailed me earl... | Read More
At the time that Vasily Smyslov became world champion, a rule was in effect giving the previous champion an automatic rematch in the event that he lost the title. Mikhail Botvinnik benefited from this rule twice -- the first instance was with Smys... | Read More
The Study of games between great chess players from the past has been recommended by the best coaches around the world. But, how do we actually benefict from this games? It's not easy to answer this question. The tactics and strategies that are ve... | Read More
We have GM-IM-ELO rated round robin chess tournaments in Budapest, who is interested to get more info about them?
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Hello chess.com readers! I'm absolutely thrilled to share with you some groundbreaking research on the little understood link between world chess champions and intergalactic debris avoidance.
You see, ever since there have been chessplayers t... | Read More
Today we’ll enjoy a lighthearted (with a tad of “morbid” tossed in) look at the time-honored queen sacrifice. I’m calling it “Parting With the Lady” in honor of the late Jerry Hanken, who wrote a number of excel... | Read More
Playing live online chess can be great fun, but sometimes you just want to play another person over the board.
As we all know, playing over-the-board chess has its own set of rules and guidelines that must be followed in tournament play. Breac... | Read More
After organizing the world's first online chess camp, which was aimed at intermediate and advanced adult tournament players, Chess.com University is back with another online chess camp, this time for youth and novice chess players!
Chess.com ... | Read More
In the first part of this article, we left our Chess Terminator playing countless blitz and bullet games during the last free day of the championship. In the following seventh round, Nakamura had a very tough opponent.
By the way, this is a good... | Read More
American GM Sam Shankland has been welcomed in Serbia as a new world chess star on a horizon, following his exceptional result from recent Tromso Olympiad - 7.0/7 at the beginning and best percentage on the event overall 9.0/10.
Shankland cam... | Read More
American women had been playing chess long before establishment of the USCF in the late 1930s. In fact, as early as the mid 1890s, an officially conducted match was played between two highly considered lady chess players to determine t... | Read More
The Chess Olympiad is one of my favorite events. In the words of the Romanian GM Mihail Marin, "the champions themselves do not mind rubbing shoulders with mere mortals, even though this may look risky for their ratings."
Most lopsided matchups,... | Read More
Professor: Welcome, everyone.
In its typical blasé manner, the class offered a communal smile back.
Professor: How unusual for this class, Thomas. You have your hand up. What is it?
Thomas: I saw a position in Washington Square ... | Read More
Do make paragraphs clear, focused, readable, and short. Every paragraph should have its own identifiable point. If you can’t explain (to yourself) the point of a paragraph, it needs to be rewritten.
Do start a ... | Read More
When Fabiano Caruano was about 12, he and his father Lou, whom I knew casually, approached the TD booth to ask for a bye in one of the Continental Chess Association's big Philadelphia-based open events.
I was the fill-in TD and, although I knew h... | Read More