June 25, 2024
The Best FIDE Rating Calculator (2024)

I created this tool to help you quickly estimate your FIDE rating during/after a tournament. I used the formulas found in the following official specifications, so the accuracy of the computations is guaranteed. How to Use the Rating Estimator See this image for an example of filling out the form fields. NOTE: ENTER YOUR K-VALUE. […]

January 6, 2021
Is a Premium Membership Worth It? (Jun 2024) is the premiere website to play online chess. With over 4.8 stars from 363k reviews, you might wonder if buying a premium membership subscription is worth it. I’ve had a Diamond membership for 13 years and absolutely love it! In this article, I hope to give you a better understanding of the […]

January 7, 2021
Official Chess Intellect Changelog

As per Wikipedia, a changelog is “a log or record of all notable changes made to a project.” This post is to document the evolution of Chess Intellect from the very beginning. The list goes in reverse chronological order (i.e. the most recent changes are at the top). Some of the early dates are just […]

January 6, 2021
Chess Intellect Affiliate Marketing Policy

Chess Intellect’s mission is to provide the best resources and tools to help all chess players become chess masters. To this end, we make a significant portion of the provided services, tools, and resources free. However, it costs a substantial amount of money to operate a business and keep publishing top-quality content. We offset these […]

January 6, 2021
Top 8 Best Chess Books to Improve Fast (Beginner – 2000)

So you want to be a chess master – but how will you get there? Simple – just practice your tactics, endgames, strategy, and openings! Reading the 7 best chess books below will help you improve dramatically. I also included links to free resources just in case you’re on a tight budget. Affiliate Disclosure: Some […]

December 7, 2020
Tactics 101: Devious Decoy Sacrifices – Baiting the Wins
This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS Decoy sacrifices are so effective they result in almost insta-wins. There are two steps to the decoy sacrifice: 1] Lure piece onto square 2] Spring a tactic to win it, other material, or checkmate. Decoys are close relatives to deflections. The difference:  Decoy: Lure a piece onto a key square Deflection: Lure a […]

December 1, 2020
Tactics 101: Deflections & Overloading
This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS Deflection: Lure a piece away from a key square or defensive task. Strike while it’s on vacation. Overloading: when one piece has too many defensive tasks, it can’t complete all of them. Deflections are similar to decoy sacrifices. The difference:  Decoy: Lure a piece onto a key square Deflection: Lure a piece away […]

November 30, 2020
Tactics 101: The Incredible Intermezzo (a.k.a. Zwischenzug)
This entry is part 12 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS Intermezzo, or zwischenzug,  means an “in-between” move. Usually an in-between check – after the opponent is forced to get out of check, you resume your original plan. Effectively using the intermezzo is the highest signs of chess mastery. “For me art and chess are closely related, both are forms in which the self […]

October 5, 2020
Tactics 101: Meet the Double Check
This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS A discovered attack except both pieces check the King! Enemy King can only escape check by moving out of the way  Can’t block two checks simultaneously Can’t take two checking pieces at once If the King can’t move, then it’s checkmate! Sadly triple checks are impossible 🙁 Double Check Double checks are an […]

October 3, 2020
Tactics 101: Windmill of Destruction
This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS Also called the “see saw” – a repetitive discovered attack on the King that can win lots of material for free. Most common example: Have a Rook on g2/g7 and a Bishop on the long diagonal Move your Rook (and take a piece) to unleash a discovered attack on the King. Then move […]

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