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  • The Man That Walked By Himself

    The recent departure of IM Emory Tate is a severe blow to American chess. While we have many chess players who are stronger than him and a huge number of chess players who are weaker than him, we'll never have another Emory Tate. In this article... | Read More

  • Goose-Stepping Down Under

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia.  Like Tal, Ozols was... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

  • Vacancy in the First Saturday Budapest 5th-15th July IM tournament

    We miss a player with around 2250-2300 ELO from the world. Who does want to come now to play for the IM-norm?  The list of the players:  SZEBERENYI, Adam IM 2316 HUN FARAGO, Sandor IM 2249 HUN SZALANCZY, Emil IM 2280 HUN KISLIK, Erik Andrew IM... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 2

    A VERY BASIC BENKO This continues the Classic Pawn Structure series as seen in Classic Pawn Structure, Part 1a and Part 1b. In general, chess professionals know the ins and outs of every structure, non-titled experienced/strong pl... | Read More

  • 3 IGM-s in the First Saturday 3rd-13th May Budapest GM tournaments

    The 3 IGM-s who will play: SERES, Lajos /HUN/, KOSIC, Dragan /MNE/ and BLOMQVIST, Erik (SWE). In the IM section the IM-s: SZALANCZY, Emil (HUN), SZEBERENYI, Adam /HUN/, MATHE, Gaspar /HUN/, AL-ALI, Hussein Ali Hussein /IRQ/.  Who does wish more ... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Target Consciousness, Part 1

    Target Consciousness. I coined this phrase long ago, and I still consider it to be of enormous use to students who want to play much stronger chess, and also appreciate high-level games. The concept is simple: you need to train your mind to spot t... | Read More

  • The State of - August '13

    The State of is the revival of a monthly segment the CEO used to provide for members on Chess/TV.  The State of was airied on August 14th at 11:30 AM Pacific with Erik,'s CEO and co-founder.  There will b... | Read More

  • At the European Capital of Culture, Part 2

    In the second part of this article we continue the presentation of the new champions: Without a clear rating favorite of the group (about whom you will read below), the girls under 14 championship was won by M. Mahalakshmi from In... | Read More

  • Player Profiles: DanielRensch

    There´s a lot to be said about this week´s target for a Player Profile interview.... What you probably don´t know is that he lives in a village with less than 200 people, he is a husband and a dedicated father of three ... | Read More

  • SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises - August 2012

    No time to study opening theory? Shock your opponent with an SOS! With an SOS you deviate early (usually before move 6!) from regular lines in mainstream openings. So you will reach positions you have actually studied without having memorized tons... | Read More

  • A Traveling Chess Player 6: My Last Good Tournament

    I felt like it was time for a bit of an update to the “Traveling Chess Player” series which led to me getting a column here. As I mentioned at the end of the last article, I had settled in Serbia and was doing very well in tournaments ... | Read More

  • SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises

    No time to study opening theory? Shock your opponent with an SOS! With an SOS you deviate early (usually before move 6!) from regular lines in mainstream openings. So you will reach positions you have actually studied without having memori... | Read More

  • Chess By The Numbers

    Chess... by the numbers! Our favorite game is amazing. | Read More

  • The Psychology of Opening Choices

    The opening phase of the game can be particularly influenced by the psychology of the players. Whereas in the middlegame and endgame you are usually simply looking for a good move – or the best move – in the opening you have many choices. Sinc... | Read More

  • A Traveling Chess Player, Part 2

    This is the second part of my three-part series about my travels while playing chess. In Part 1 I described my decision to move to Prague, my troubles last fall which led to me feeling like quitting chess, and my first tournament, the Prague Open,... | Read More

  • 1.d4 Nc6 and the Philosophy of "Odd" Openings

    member UNiMEDia asked: I’m writing about 1.d4 Nc6. I work with a man who is presently obsessed – and I do mean obsessed, in that I have to listen to him rant and rave about the plusses of this opening every time I see him. We are of more or... | Read More

  • Speaking Prep & the English Opening

    Eric asked: You once mentioned that when you were in Budapest, you asked to see Fischer. If you got that opportunity, what would you have said to him? Dear Eric: I’ve found in my life that, when it comes to big meetings, it’s very important... | Read More

  • About is #1 in online chess... But who are we? Where did come from? Where are we going? The started in 2005 when two friends — Jay and Erik (that's me!) — decided the world needed a better chess websi... | Read More

  • The Three Swedish Musketeers

    Stahlberg, Stoltz, and Lundin, were called “The Three Swedish Musketeers"! They made their names as world players at the Olympic Games at Folkstone 1933 and Warsaw 1935 where Sweden took the third and second place respectively.The Swedish Grandm... | Read More