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  • Building a fortress

    Here is a composition by chekhover  from 1947. It seems the Black Rook will just enter White’s position and start capturing pawns. Yet White has a fortress like resource that Black could actually lose if he gets to clever and outwi... | Read More

  • The King's Indian Exchange Structure

    For those of you who are expecting the seventh part of "Endgames of Tromsø", unfortunately there wasn't much material from the finals of the World Cup which would fit into the topic of my column. By this I mean that there was no interesting endga... | Read More

  • French Poisoned Pawn (Part 1)

    This material is taken from my new edition of French Winawer Poisoned Pawn, forthcoming from Ishi Press. Comments and criticism are welcome. | Read More

  • French Poisoned pawn (part one)

    This cartice is drawn from my forthcoming book French Winawer Poisoned Pawn (Ishi Press). | Read More

  • French Poisoned Pawn (part two)

    This article is drawn from my forthcoming book French Winawer Poisoned Pawn (Ishi Press). | Read More

  • Two Criminals

    Every chessplayer who likes to fianchetto his king's bishop in the opening quickly learns the value of this bishop. It is the main (and in some cases the only) defender of his king. As my first coach used to say, pointing at my Bg7 in the Dragon v... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 3): The New Plan

    The “Plan” Fails In Part Two of our Alekhine series, I described Alekhine’s plan to force a match with Capablanca: “Play against the world’s best and win every tournament, thus showing that he was the true challenger to the title. And, ... | Read More

  • Blunders in Modern Play, Part 5

    Today's article features four endgames from the 14th Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky, which was recently won by the Ukrainian GM Pavel Eljanov. His spectacular wins are outlined by FM Mike Klein in a recent post, so here I will concentrate on endga... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #8 - Checker Chess

    “I’m going to take you far away in time and place,” Professor Pando began. “There and then, chess is called Checker Chess, and the following bizarre position is legal.”  ---- White to move ---- “Do not ask how the follow... | Read More

  • The Endgames of Tromsø, Part 6

    The sixth round of the World Cup was crucial for the remaining players, since it determined who would compete in the final match for the World Cup. Both the winner and the runner up would qualify for the candidates matches — thus, getting throug... | Read More

  • The Romance of Chess

    "After Anderssen's departure, Paul Morphy declared he would play no more even matches, and, certainly, his resolve was justified by the unheard of manner in which he had walked over all opponents."  -Frederick Edge          Althoug... | Read More

  • Mistakes and Errors #1

    Before I start talking about my mistakes and errors, watch the following video and pay attention not only to my moves but also to my thoughts. By the way, I should mention that I am NOT replacing Danny Rensch. Chess.com held a contest a few months... | Read More

  • Puzzle Potpourri

    I constantly see amateurs raving about how tactics is 99% of chess. However, if that was actually the case then chess wouldn’t be the amazing game that it is. A true fan of the game sees beauty in opening theory, in subtle positional play, in ba... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #7 - Self Mate

    ChessKids did you know that September 15 is the official Opposite Day? Well we're celebrating this weekend with ProfessorPando's puzzler! Check it out: ---- “Checkmate is fun, but it’s even more fun if you make the opponent mate himself. Exami... | Read More

  • Blunders in Modern Play, Part 4

    Several weeks ago I played in an excellent tournament organized by Dr. Walter High in North Carolina. The US Masters tournament attracted an extremely strong field with many GMs including Mamedov, Ramirez, Shabalov, & Jankovic - just to name f... | Read More

  • The Clutch Factor

    On a site like this with active forums, one question comes up more than any other. Who is the greatest chess player of all time? There are many factors that influence people's opinions, including longevity and dominance, but one I like to use is c... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Sep 13, 2013

    Friday the 13th wasn't too unlucky for the show - we had lots of varied and interesting questions. Today's show was moved back an hour to allow for the finish of the telecast of the 4th round of the Sinquefield Cup. One question involved the Worl... | Read More

  • Checkmate in one!

    Last week we discussed the game where Russian Super Grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky missed a checkmate in one. Of course that was a special situation where a draw was enough for him to win the match and qualify for the next round, but in general, h... | Read More

  • The Endgames of Tromsø, Part 5

    By the fifth round of the World Cup in Tromsø, Norway, the field had been whittled down to eight players. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik faced Anton Korobov of Ukraine, Gata Kamsky played Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dmitry Andreikin played Peter ... | Read More

  • I offer a draw... or I resign! Part Two

    "History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme."                                                     - Mark Twain The following game was played just three weeks ago at the FIDE World Cup in Tromso, N... | Read More

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Blunder

    In my previous article (Having Fun With Blunders), I gave my personal definition of a blunder (some will choose to make use of it, others won’t, and the world will continue to turn). To make the article fun to read, I mixed a serious and fir... | Read More

  • Defending after a Piece Sacrifice

    Accepting a piece sacrifice can lead to complicated positions that require a sequence of accurate moves from the defending side, which sometimes is even challenging for the top players. We will look at two games from the recent FIDE World Cup that... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #6 -

    “Some situations seem so innocent,” Professor Pando observed.  ---- “Yet even the simplest positions can hide a clever tactic.” ---- “Take a look at the following position, with White to move.” ---- ... | Read More

  • Blunders in Modern Play, Part 3

    Today we will continue with the topic of blunders in modern, top level chess. Last week we saw a fireworks display of mistakes in the game Shimanov-Kamsky from the recent FIDE World Cup in Tromso. Today's examples are very mild compared to what we... | Read More

  • Anderssen als Problemkomponist

         What some people may not realize is that before Anderssen rose to fame by winning the first international tournament at London in 1851, before his Immortal and Evergreen games, before his stunning loss to Morphy and less stuning loss to... | Read More

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