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  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 2): Success and Despair

    In Part 1 of this glimpse into Alexander Alekhine’s life and games, we left off with him winning the Moscow Championship (late 1919/early 1920) with a spectacular clean sweep (11-0) followed by victory in the first USSR Championship (9 wins, 6 d... | Read More

  • Learn beneficial openings to improve in chess

    Chessplayers have different values and tastes about different openings. One likes to play solid Caro Kann, the other one rather plays crazy gambits or sharp Najdorf. There are also different ways to play the openings phase: play what you like or f... | Read More

  • Aron Nimzowitsch - The Greatest Opening Innovator, Part Two

    In the first part of this series, we analyzed Aron Nimzowitsch's influence on the modern openings. While everyone knows that Nimzowitsch was the creator of a number of well-known opening variations like the Nimzo-Indian Defense or the 5...gxf... | Read More

  • Building Your Repertoire (A "How-To" Guide)

    There is an old tale that goes something like this: The great Botvinnik (the pioneer of modern opening preparation) was once consulted about opening advice by one of his pupils. "Look at Fischer," the master began, "Fischer plays the same systems ... | Read More

  • The U.S. Open Highlights

    Before diving into the next series of articles I would like to take this one week off to look at few examples from the recent U.S. Open chess tournament. I followed it live online and found many games to be very interesting. There were three pla... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #2 - Ten is Fun

    Here we go again ChessKids! You've already solved a position from ProfessorPando where you had to find the worst move, now see if you can checkmate a whole army of Black kings in this zany puzzle! ------ Professor Pandolfini gave Lucian an unusu... | Read More

  • Opposite-Colored Bishops: How Much is Enough?

    You probably know about the drawing tendency of opposite-colored bishops in the endgame - particularly pure bishop endgames. For example, it is hard to believe that the following position, in which Black has three extra pawns, is a draw. But it is... | Read More

  • The Art of Thinking

    Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a chessmaster's head during a game? Of course you have. That's why I have written this article, in the hope that you may extract some useful understanding as to how to think during a chessgame. I would l... | Read More

  • Lesser Known Games of Prince Dadian

         I have some games of Prince Andrei Dadiani of Mingrelia that one usually can't find in any database.  I had published these elsewhere, but wanted to put them all in one place.      First a few words about Prince Dadian.      ... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 1): The Game of Death

    Imagine this is YOU It’s 1918, and you’re one of the strongest chess players on earth. You live in Odessa, during one of Russia’s most chaotic periods. Trying to stay on top of the political upheaval, you take whatever side offers the best ... | Read More

  • Only a Matter of Technique... Or is it?

    If you're a chess player, you've probably heard the hackneyed phrase "it's only a matter of technique" a million times before. In fact, I bet you've probably even been on both sides of the coin when it comes to this "technical phase" of a chessgam... | Read More

  • How to convert a positional and material advantage in endgames?

    How to win a won game? This is probably one of the most difficult skills that a chess player has to master in order to be able to collect points confidently. The answer to the question asked in the title lays in the player's ability to convert an... | Read More

  • How USCF Rule 29L1 got Changed

    Alert: If you are interested in how rules get changed and/or tournament pairings get made, this article should prove fairly entertaining. If not, then just skip it, as the story may not be your cup of tea . Our Main Line Chess Club runs ongoing U... | Read More

  • The Queen of Chess

          Most people even remotely interested in 19th century chess know about Mrs. John W. Gilbert and her extremely long announced mates. What seems to be less appreciated today is the sheer strength of this lady chess player.  Part of the p... | Read More

  • Aron Nimzowitsch - The Greatest Opening Innovator

    It is difficult to find a chess player who could be compared with Aron Nimzowitsch by his contribution to modern opening theory. When we talk about Nimzowitsch's opening heritage many chess players would instantly think about the defense... | Read More

  • Converting Advantage According to Kramnik, End

    Today we will wrap up the series on how to convert an advantage according to Kramnik. This article is the seventh installment on this topic. Last week I showed you several of my games from the recent World Open, where I had a chance to practice wh... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #1 - The Worst Move

    National Master Bruce Pandolfini is an acclaimed Chess Book Author, Teacher and Coach. Lessons in his "Pandolfini's Puzzler" column for ChessKid.com are fictional stories based on true events from his own lessons. "In chess, you look for the best... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Aug 2, 2013

    "Show the first 14-15 moves of a Sicilian Dragon and explain the main ideas of some of the moves" (!) Hmm. They write entire books about sub-variations of the Yugoslav Attack (like Mayer's book on the Soltis variation) and I am supposed to show th... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin August 2013

    DOWNLOADS: BULLETIN (PDF)  | PGN (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here)    Topical Theory 9.d4 Bg4 10.Be3 in the Ruy Lopez, Part 2 by GM Jan Smeets This is the second and final part of GM Jan Smeet... | Read More

  • A Slight Advantage in the Queenless Middlegame

    A slight advantage doesn't mean you're necessarily going to win the game. It just means that your opponent has the more difficult problems to solve, and his mistakes will probably hurt his position more than yours will. In a queenless middlegame, ... | Read More

  • The Power of Positional Chess, Part 5

    SPACE: CLOSED CENTER, DUELING WINGS When the center is closed, both sides need to gain space on the wings. One gains space by advancing pawns, which acts as a sort of fence that lays claim to any territory within the fenced borders. Pushing pawns... | Read More

  • Test Your Stalemate Skills!

    During the past several weeks we had a big discussion about stalemate. I hope from now on you won't allow your opponent to miraculously escape when you are winning and also won't miss your last chance to save the game when you are losing. Tod... | Read More

  • Problems of the Black Death

           The Black Death was a cataclysmic event that helped introduce a new age, the Renaissance.  While Joseph Blackburne wasn't particularly cataclysmic, his life, indeed his chess-life, overlaid the entire era that defined the beginn... | Read More

  • Converting Advantage According to Kramnik, Part 6

    This article is the one before the last on how to convert an advantage according to Vladimir Kramnik. In the last five articles we explored the methods which Kramnik uses that lead to effective advantage conversion in better positions. Most of the... | Read More

  • Balanced Imbalance

    In this week's edition of my "Without the Lady" column, I will be showing an interesting game I played last year against the young Filipino GM Wesley So. Despite the early exchange of queens, the game was razor-sharp - imbalanced in terms of struc... | Read More

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