Chess Articles


  • Combinative Chess

    "Chess"  circa 1913by Annti Favén       "A combination is a tactical maneuver in which you sacrifice material to obtain an advantage, or at least to improve your position.   So, strategy then, is your general plan, while tactics are your... | Read More

  • More Secrets Of The Soviet Chess School

    In the first part of this article I demonstrated by my own example that the biggest secret of the Soviet school of chess was the utmost motivation of the Soviet players.  We simply had no right to do wrong since the consequence could be ... | Read More

  • The Positional Queen Sacrifice

    Alone together. Foolish wisdom. Cruel kindness. Arrogant humility. All of these phrases are oxymorons, "combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings."  The title of this article seems to fit this definition to the lett... | Read More

  • Bobby Fischer And The King's Indian Defense

    After Boris Spassky came the most famous chess player ever: Bobby Fischer. Fischer was the world champion with the most limited and consistent opening repertoire. Indeed, Fischer had an attitude that there must be one correct way of playing in e... | Read More

  • The Golden Age

         In September 1945 the proud and confident USA team suffered a humiliating, crushing defeat at the hands of the Soviet team in a 10 board, 20 game match played through a novel use of radio transmission, each set of matched contestants pl... | Read More

  • The Last Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    This is my third and final Cracked Grandmaster Tales article. Click the links if you haven’t seen Cracked Grandmaster Tales and More Cracked Grandmaster Tales. We’ll start with Najdorf again since some people felt that he wouldn’t resort t... | Read More

  • The Biggest Secret Of The Soviet Chess School

    The famed Soviet school of chess has produced hundreds of grandmasters and dozens of world champions. Thousands of chess coaches teach their students using "the Soviet training method." But who can really describe what exactly was/is the So... | Read More

  • Why Solving Studies Is So Important

    Genrikh Kasparian (1910-1995) was a very accomplished chess player. A 10-time Armenian champion, Kasparian was a strong IM and permanent fixture on the Soviet chess scene. However, Kasparian is remembered not as a great chess player —... | Read More

  • Boris Spassky And The Leningrad Variation

    The 10th world champion, Boris Spassky, was a universal player with a wide opening repertoire. He mostly played classical openings with a healthy aggression. One weapon, which served him well throughout his career, was a rather surprising move: 4.... | Read More

  • ChessCenter Episode Archive

    Get the most important chess news, notes and highlights right here at the ChessCenter episode archive. Watch the current episode for the most up-to-date news or dive into recent chess history: the choice is yours.  So who is at the helm? He... | Read More

  • Talks a Good Game

         The following piece was written by Paul Hugo Little,     a rather diverse writer and a chess expert himself.    Many people have probably encountered someone     like the chess expert described in the story below. (The diagrams... | Read More

  • More Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    In my first edition of Cracked Grandmaster Tales, I shared stories about Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas, Grandmaster Igor Ivanov, a tribute to Igor Ivanov by Boris Spassky, a short tale about an unknown grandmaster, and a story about the late Wa... | Read More

  • Titled Tuesday: What You Need To Know

    Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's flagship competitive event, and starting in October 2015, there will be double the fun with two tournaments on the first Tuesday of every month. NEXT TITLED TUESDAY: June 7th at 11am pacific and 5pm pacific. Any v... | Read More

  • Self Knockout

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

  • Who Will Beat Magnus Carlsen?

    If you follow my weekly column, then you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Magnus Carlsen. I like his chess style, his general attitude to play till the very end and his notorious disregard of the opening theory. I grew up at the height... | Read More

  • Bobby Fischer's Overlooked Gem

    Officially released on September 16, the biographical thriller Pawn Sacrifice is the latest development in an ongoing chess renaissance. Directed by Academy Award-winning producer and filmmaker Edward Zwick, Pawn Sacrifice offers a ... | Read More

  • Tigran Petrosian And The Queen's Indian

    Tigran Petrosian, the ninth world champion, gained the title in his 1963 match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Thus the Botvinnik era came to a close, since the automatic rematch clause (which allowed Botvinnik to regain the championship after one year fr... | Read More

  • Notation

    "At the root of all advances in the science of chess-play lies the necessity of discovering an intelligible system of notation, by means of which the squares of the board may be easily defined and the moves of the pieces recorded."  — H.J.R. M... | Read More

  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    I’ve talked to countless chess fans over the years and though all serious chess players have their favorite chess heroes, many of them aren’t in touch with the human side of the chess legends. This is the first of two articles showing some of ... | Read More

  • Amazing Games for Beginners

    Even the barest novice can appreciate and learn from the exquisite artistry and logic in the conceptual masterpieces to be found here. Join some of Chess.com's finest teachers on a tour of the most dazzling and instructive ches... | Read More

  • The 10 Best Moves Of All Time

    Lists... Everybody loves list! You couldn't ask for a better list as GM (IM at the time) Sam Shankland takes you on a video tour of his personal top 10 moves of all time. In a diverse collection, you will see brilliant attacking thrusts, stunning ... | Read More

  • The New #ChessMonday Marathon

    You might have noticed a big change to the Chess.com TV schedule the last few weeks. To bring you the best-possible chess viewing experience, Chess.com launched the #ChessMonday marathon last month, packing each Monday with back-to-back chess show... | Read More

  • The Evans Gambit

    GM Jacek Stopa is here to show you how to win with the aggressive Evans Gambit. Few openings have a more swashbuckling reputation than the Evans Gambit which was even invented by the sea captain, William Evans, in 1827! Jacek is a practitioner of... | Read More

  • The Best of the FIDE Grand Prix -- 2014

    Uncle Yermo is here with commentary on the Baku FIDE Grand Prix! Twelve super grandmasters have been assembled to compete for a spot in the Candidates Tournament of 2016, and Yermo has all the hot takes, highlights, and insights you are seeking. T... | Read More

  • Chess Is Not Checkers!

    "Thank you, GM Serper for this profound statement. I would have never guessed it on my own!" Admit this was your first thought when you read the title of this article. Yes, chess is obviously not checkers and yet, when I was a kid, I heard this ... | Read More

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