Chess Articles


  • 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

  • Test Your Chess Understanding

    First, let me implore you to read the notes to the puzzles: The prose and variations are what makes this new series worthwhile, so PLEASE try and solve the puzzle and then go back (whether you got it right or not), click on the little question mar... | Read More

  • 7 Bullet Chess Tips By Hikaru

    Editor’s note: Last week, Hikaru Nakamura achieved the highest bullet rating in Chess.com history at 3262. He is widely considered the best speed chess player in history. A vote by titled players confirmed this last year. Want to get ... | Read More

  • Carlsen vs Karjakin: Who Will Win?

    The Candidates' Tournament 2016 is a part of chess history already. You all know the results, so there is no point to recap it again. Two popular internet memes summarize very well how the tournament will be remembered. One of them depicts Presi... | Read More

  • Dancing With Yourself

    When I look at games played by 1500-rated players and below, I see many weaknesses, but one is almost ubiquitous: both players are, more or less, dancing with themselves. What this means is that a player decides to do this or that, he might calcul... | Read More

  • How To Watch The Aronian-Grischuk Blitz Battle

    Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. The three-hour round-one match between  Levon Aronian and Alexander Grischuk will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, April 6... | Read More

  • Cuba

    Avenida de las Palmeras, Habana, ca. 1904      A large island in the Caribbean, this former Spanish colony lies just 93 miles from the state of Florida.  Its proximity to the United States, the inherent beauty of the... | Read More

  • Chess Olympus

    © 2016, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • How To Use Dynamic Diagonals

    People spend too much time reading opening books. There you go, I have said it. Think what you may of this statement, but it seems to me that the chess market is saturated with opening books. So many people will blindly buy a book, add to their ... | Read More

  • Play Like A Beginner!

    Two months ago, one of the oldest grandmasters in the world, Mark Taimanov, turned 90.  Just like any professional chess player he had many ups and downs in his career, but due to his limitless optimism he is still a very active person. ... | Read More

  • Converting Extra Material

    You may be winning, but you haven't put the game away yet! In this series, you'll see what might lead you to fall short when possessing a material advantage. Make sure you've fine tuned your technique and are accurately evaluating your oppo... | Read More

  • The Principle Of Two Weaknesses

    You've pushed relentlessly to gain an advantage. Finally, you're in the endgame and slightly better, but you are facing a strong opponent. How do you sustain the mental toughness to close it out? Use the principle of two weaknesses! In this... | Read More

  • Opposite-Colored Bishop Endgames

    Everyone’s had the unfortunate experience of playing an opposite-colored bishop ending. Like a mirage, you never know how they got there, and you definitely didn’t intend on it. Nevertheless, they have arrived. These mirages don’... | Read More

  • Master vs Many: Vote Chess Games

    When a group of individuals come together for one mission, anything is possible. History tells us that one group can accomplish more together than any individual, no matter how much inner Chuck Norris that individual can harness. But sometime... | Read More

  • Opening Failures And How to Avoid Them

    The Chess.com member yoavb2 said: “I read your ‘How to Reassess Your Chess 4th’ but fail in the opening, which makes me start with a disadvantage. How can I fix it?” ANSWER:  I looked at several of your games (whil... | Read More

  • Aronian-Grischuk Blitz Battle Opener April 6: Once More We Play Our Dangerous Game

    Chess.com's first-ever GM Blitz Battle Championship is right around the corner, and the field's two most experienced players will kick things off April 6 at 10 a.m. Pacific (GMT-7), 1 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. London. What does experience come w... | Read More

  • Typical Rook Endgame Mistakes

    Endgames should be simple. Right? With a majority of pieces removed from play, calculation becomes minimal. Wrong!  At one time or another, you may have found yourself on the losing side of a winning endgame. Perhaps you've been fortunate e... | Read More

  • Another Important Chess Test

    As I did in the first Test Your Understanding article, I implore you to read the notes to the puzzles: The prose and variations are what makes this new series worthwhile, so PLEASE try and solve the puzzle and then go back (whether you got it righ... | Read More

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: 'A Truly Horrible Game'

    It's time for another installment of Pete's Pathetic Chess, where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to a brilliant grandmaster and the best chess-playing computer in the world. Joining my foolishness with his own (lucid) annotations... | Read More

  • Embrace Your Losses

    Every chess player knows that losing a game is no fun! Some of us take it better than others, but it is always a little tragedy. We all cried after losing a game when we were kids, but even some adults cannot tolerate what Korchnoi called o... | Read More

  • Overextending Your Pawns

    The Chess.com member JN wrote: I took up chess about a year ago when a friend introduced me to the game. Since then, he and I have taken to playing quite often; we typically play about four or five days a week, two or three games in a sitting. ... | Read More

  • Brenzinger the Forgotten

    Francis Eugene Brenzinger has been mostly forgotten.        It's true that he wasn't even close to being a world champion contender, maybe not even a likely U.S. champion, but during his chess-playing days, he was... | Read More

  • Why Chess Players Blunder (Part 2)

    Part 1 of our previous instalment offered a theoretical framework for blunders. This second part suggests a way to combat impulsiveness and blunder-tendencies. Chess players are often encouraged to read chess books and watch DVDsto improvetheir ... | Read More

  • Fischer The Rebel

    His whole life, Robert James Fischer was fighting against someone or something. Thousands of books, articles and videos have been produced to describe the outlandish behavior of the chess genius. It is difficult to count all the social, moral... | Read More

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Blunders

    Blundering in chess is one of the worst feelings that we experience while playing the royal game. A well-played strategic masterpiece can be completely spoiled with a single careless move. Anyone, including the very best... | Read More

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