Chess Articles


  • An Opening Line For Club Players

    There are certain opening variations in chess which can be labeled "for top players only." The most obvious example would be the Berlin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. But club players shouldn't be jealous since there are also opening variations "fo... | Read More

  • Introducing The New Chess.com (Version 3)

    It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of Chess.com is finally ready to take online chess to a new level -- and take your game to new heights.  This new version (v3) has been our top priority for two years, and ... | Read More

  • How Past Masters Can Help Your Game

    I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate on tactics and strategy). To add a... | Read More

  • The $40,000 GM Blitz Battle Championship

    Chess.com is launching a new online blitz and bullet chess championship series, with the biggest payout in online history, and three of the world's top chess players have already signed on.  The Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship will be... | Read More

  • Ch, Ch, Chess Changes

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

  • Different Twins In Chess

    Some time ago we discussed in this article the identical positions that can happen in endgames. I concluded the article with the statement "Deja vu is good for your chess!" Which of course means that the knowledge of certain positions, tec... | Read More

  • Man vs Machine Historical Archive

    Man vs Machine matches pit humans against the strongest chess entities of all time — chess engines. As chess engines are many classes stronger than even the strongest grandmasters, all matches take place at some form of odds. The... | Read More

  • Chess Rivals Video Archive

    Chess Rivals, Blindfold Battles and other streams are matches that take place online between the world's most popular and respected "Chess Streamers." This article is to serve as a historical record of those battles: Match 21: GM William... | Read More

  • Tests: Psychology, Tactics, And Strategy

    Some of my recent articles were about chess psychology and striving to have a balanced skillset. This article (all in puzzle form) lets you test what you’ve learned (or what you thought you already knew). The puzzles can be tactical, po... | Read More

  • A Story Strange and Sad

         If you peruse old issues of "Chess Review," you will probably encounter the name Catherine Nye.  You will mostly likely notice one of these photos of the pretty 34 year old lady from Syracuse, N.Y. 1941  ... | Read More

  • Confused Bishops And Drunk Knights

    Just recently I have become a bit obsessed with strange and peculiar chess moves originating from knights and bishops. In my first article for Chess.com I took a look at what can be called The Nimzowitsch Knight Dance, and in t... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen And The Two Bishops

    The last year was tough for the world champion, Magnus Carlsen. Not only did he lose a lot of rating points, but also some people questioned the gap between Carlsen and the other chess players from the world's top 10. I saw a chess article where... | Read More

  • Death Match Video Guide

    Following this video guide, you'll retrace the steps of the Chess.com's greatest blitz and bullet combatants (Nakamura, Caruana, So...) as they wage a battle of wills in an epic three hour Death Match! Share the woes of time trouble, mouse slips, ... | Read More

  • When Men Were Men

    During the romantic era of chess, MEN WERE MEN. They played gambits. They went for mate. They drank whisky while pondering their next attacking move. If someone made a material sacrifice (which loses if the opponent simply refuses the “... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Of 2015

    As the calendar turns to 2016, it's time to look back at the best chess of the past year. The year 2015 was a big one for chess. With the creation of the Grand Chess Tour, the chess world had an exciting new super-tournament series to follo... | Read More

  • You Are Important!

    When we were learning how to play chess, most of us dreamed about becoming next Capablanca, Fischer or Kasparov one day. Alas, the sad reality is that 99.999 percent of us will never become one of the chess gods. Should we be disappointed and up... | Read More

  • Chess Psychology 101

    In last week’s article, I pointed out that chess psychology plays an enormous part of one’s results. There are many facets of chess psychology: self-confidence (or the lack thereof), fear of threats (real or imagined), fear of losing... | Read More

  • The Qatar Falcon

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

  • TODAY: Nakamura To Play Komodo In Odds Match

    The strongest computer chess engine in history will face one of the strongest humans on earth next week in an odds chess match on Chess.com. Komodo will play GM Hikaru Nakamura in a four-game match, January 6 and 7, live on Chess.com/TV and... | Read More

  • Deja Vu In Endgames

    Do you ever see a chess position and have a strong feeling that you've seen it before? No, I am not talking about opening positions, that you see again and again and again in every single tournament (damn you, the Berlin variation!). And I am no... | Read More

  • The Huge Importance Of Chess Psychology

    I write quite a bit about chess psychology since it plays an enormous part of one’s results. Fear of a higher-rated player, trusting a player’s move instead of challenging it, falling victim to the ubiquitous (and deadly) “I ca... | Read More

  • Can You Solve Our 2015 Holiday Puzzler?

    Your favorite annual chess tradition is back. Chess.com is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler quiz for 2015. The 10 Chess.com members who score the highest on the Holiday Puzzler will win the prizes below. ... | Read More

  • Video Series On The King's Indian Defense

    The King's Indian Defense is one of the great openings in chess history. A favorite of many of Caissa's greatest innovators — the King's Indian Defense was central to the development of new, dynamic ways to play chess. No more taking 1.... | Read More

  • Carlsen, Capablanca And The Beatles

    About a quarter of a century ago, I started playing in international tournaments on a regular basis. Just like thousands of other folks from the former Soviet Union I enjoyed the fall of the Iron Curtain and ability to freely travel abroad. Pret... | Read More

  • Nakamura, MVL To Play Death Match Monday

    Two of the best chess players in the world will face off Monday morning in the biggest Chess.com Death Match of all time as American number-one GM Hikaru Nakamura is set to battle French number-one GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The match will be br... | Read More

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