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  • 17 Hand Positions Every Tournament Chess Player Must Know

    When you play chess online, it doesn't really matter what you do with your hands. But when you play chess at a tournament, sitting across the board from a real human opponent for up to seven hours each game, you MUST master the 17 key hand positio... | Read More

  • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.

         The Sokolsky Opening 1. b4 (also known as the Polish opening, Polish Attack, Orangutan) relates to the closed openings and is considered an irregular opening. It ranks ninth in popularity and is seldom played in top-level games and officia... | Read More

  • The Kolisch Supplement

         Recently, IM Jeremy Silman contributed an article featuring the talent of Ignatz Kolisch, one of the strongest, if not the strongest, player during the 1860s.       Mr. Silman's article, Kolisch: Unknown Tactical Monster, demonstra... | Read More

  • 2014 Bill Wright Saint Louis Open

    The 2014 Bill Wright Saint Louis Open, held April 11-13, 2014, was a typical boring weekend swiss, where the one GM, me, was certain to take first place over a few select "experts" in a tournament with small prizes. Oh wait, that's not right at al... | Read More

  • Chess and Music

    Hello, and welcome to my first article for chess.com.  Given that I'm not a professional chess player (far from it) and that my actual occupation is in music it was easy to decide upon the subject of music and chess, especially as there's been so... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #29 - J'adoube and J'adouble

    Professor: Hello, class. It’s good to see the gang’s all here for another session. Zephyr: Professor, does that mean we should thank Caissa it’s Friday? Lucian: Weekend or not, I’m happy as long as I get to do some chess. Professo... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, January 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Looking back one more time In the same week that this Bulletin appears, editor Peter Doggers is working from Wijk aan Zee, w... | Read More

  • Death Match 20 - A Family Affair

    For the first time in Death Match history, we may have to ask the wives to leave the room. American GM Yury Shulman and German GM Daniel Fridman are both married to titled chess players, but there won't be any consultation allowed during their mat... | Read More

  • The Famous Warsaw Café of Kiev

         In its day, in its particular place, in its brief moment in time,  the Warsaw Café was a well-known establishment in Kiev.  Even the building itself couldn't endure the ravages of war and the reputation of the Warsaw Café has lon... | Read More

  • Review: Lisa, Pump Up Your Rating, and other recent books

    It’s not easy to find time to read chess books when there’s a World Championship match going on at the same time. Still, chess publishers around the globe managed to reach me over the last few months, and I felt compelled to read some ... | Read More

  • The Embarrassing Endgame

    I call the endgame king+bishop+knight vs. a lonely king an 'embarrassing' endgame because I know too many cases where chess players left a chess board embarrassed. Indeed, just imagine how would you feel if you had a theoretically winning endgame,... | Read More

  • Rudolf Spielmann, the Lethal Gentleman!

    Rudolf Spielmann was born in Vienna on May 5, 1883, and he learned how to play chess at a very young age. Reti, in his classic book Masters of the Chessboard, said this: “He learned to play while still a boy and was exhibited in public as ... | Read More

  • Mouret

          During the first quarter of the 18th century when Deschapelles and Labourdonnais reigned supreme at the highest level of French chess, it's said that the next level was occupied by Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant, Hyacinthe Henr... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin October 2013

    DOWNLOADS: BULLETIN (PDF)  | PGN (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) In the Spotlight Kramnik Triumphs in Tromsø by Alex Yermolinsky Without losing a single game, Vladimir Kramnik won the World Cup ... | Read More

  • Saint-Amant

        Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint Amant     (also written:  Pierre Charles-Fournié de Saint-Amant)         After the death of La Bourdonnais, the mantle of     leading chess player of France fell upon the shoulders... | Read More

  • Chess World Cup 2013: The Offbeat Approach

    The World Cup continues and it’s simply one of the most exciting Chess events of the past two years. Before I delve into the article I want to define some terms just so that we’re on the same page. Skill: the ability to play good moves or be... | Read More

  • A. D. Petroff

         Ivan Alexandrovich Butrimov, who was born in St. Petersburg March 7, 1782, produced Russia's first chess book, "Chess Play,"  in 1821.                                                    ... | Read More

  • Rice's Gambit

         I had, of course, heard about Prof. Isaac L. Rice and his gambit as well as  his famous Rice Gambit Tournaments. But my superficial impression over the years was that the gambit wasn't particularly good and that the tournaments were mos... | Read More

  • ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Crete 2013 and Rhodes 2014

    ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Crete 2013 The ACO World Amateur Chess Championship took place on Crete from 11-20 May. 168 players with ages between 7 to 94 fought for the title of ACO World Champion in the 4-star all-Inclusive hotel Aquis ... | Read More

  • Personal Experience at the U.S. Women's Championship. Part 3.

    This week we are wrapping up the overview of my play from the U.S. Women's Championship. The last two articles featured the first six games and today we will look at the key moments from the last three games. With this article I would like to con... | Read More