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  • Personal Mona Lisa of GM Isaac Kashdan

    As you might remember, in the "Personal Mona Lisa" series we analyze the best games played by strong chess players who as a rule are not that well known. Of course most of you probably heard about GM Isaac Kashdan thanks to his numerous books and ... | Read More

  • Middlegame & Endgames Ideas - #4 - The Inbetween killer

    HI guys, Back for my 4th article in this series - on Zwischenzugs A zwischenzug - put simply - is another name for an intermediate move (usually a check or attacking a major piece) To start off, A game of the genius Aron NImzowitsch Nimzowit... | Read More

  • Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 6

    One of the first principles that an early, intermediate-level chess player learns is that rooks on the seventh rank are powerful. In Russian we call the seventh (or second) rank “obzhornyi” (обжорный ), roughly translating... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #26 - The King Takes a Walk

    Professor: Good afternoon, class.  --- Lucian and Zephyr: Good afternoon, Professor. --- Professor: I hope you’ve both been having a good day so far. It’s so nice and sunny out that I’ve been walking around enjoying the warmth. --- Lucian... | Read More

  • A Month of Studies: Part 4

    Hey everybody! My month of endgames and beauty is drawing to a close. This week was pretty harrowing for me. I was uninspired and frustrated, staring at a chess board for hours without seeing so much as a tiny tactical twist. Creating endgame stud... | Read More

  • Chess.com Rating Comparisons

    Many players are curious about how the different chess.com ratings stack up against each other.  This survey is designed to figure out the answer!   At the bottom of the survey there are also a few questions about USCF and FIDE ratings for co... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jan 24, 2014

    "What can I do to get worse at chess? Right now I am playing too well." Great question, and possibly not as silly as it may sound. After all, GM Znosko-Borovsky once wrote a book called How Not to Play Chess, so why not look at ways to get worse?... | Read More

  • The French Endgame

    A distinctive structure arises from the French Defense, featuring White's space advantage and Black's restricted light-squared bishop. Against this, Black hopes for counterplay via the pawn break ...f6 and queenside counterplay on the c-file and o... | Read More

  • Ideas on how to prepare a good opening repertoire

    Greetings everyone! I am grandmaster Rafael Leitão, from Brazil. My FIDE rating is 2645. I am going to write a series of articles about chess preparation. Many ambitious chessplayers do not know how to work in order to achieve a master and grandm... | Read More

  • Old Times

         The style of journalistic writing from over a half century ago is somewhat different than that of today, in some ways perhaps a bit harder to read but in other ways more enjoyable. Looking through old "Time" magazines is also enjoyable a... | Read More

  • Studying Master Games and Berkmaster's First Over-The-Board Tournament Battle

    I was a bit surprised at the comments about the study of master games made under my last Q & A (Snarky Silman, blah, blah, blah). As is always the case, everyone of every rating had an opinion. I’ve already written about this several tim... | Read More

  • Stirring up Morra Mayhem!

    Today I played a very interesting 90 minute + 5 sec Increment game against a chess.com member Apthyphim (rated 1980 or so on live chess). In my first article, I am going to analyze my game and give my thought processes on why I made each move. The... | Read More

  • Middlegame & Endgames Ideas - #3 - Pushing Pawns FOR THE WIN

    Hi guys, Part 3 in my series will be about Minority Attacks (Please comment what you want the following ones to be about  - thanks) Minority Attacks are most prominently known as pawn storms - but this is not always true as a pawn attack protec... | Read More

  • Review: A Random Selection of Recent Chess Publications

    I sometimes wonder if the lengthy, in-depth type of book review has any kind of future. Wouldn't it be better to just get it over with, hear the reviewer's superficial opinion, yadda yadda yadda, and move on? What's the point elaborating on argume... | Read More

  • Pumping Tata Steel

    © 2014, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | 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

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #25 - Looking and Rooking

    Professor: Today I’d like to begin at the end – that is, with a rook ending. Lucian: You mean an ending where both sides have a rook on the board? In that case, I expect there are some pawns on the board, too. Zephyr: Or maybe you mean an en... | Read More

  • Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 5

    When talking about the topic of positional play we cannot omit the theme of Exchange sacrifice. This positional idea was especially popular with World Champion Tigran Petrosian. In modern practice I've seen many Exchange sacrifices in Kramnik... | Read More

  • 0 - 2000. A roadmap of chess knowledge.

    First I must make a disclaimer. The following list is based on nearly thirty years of playing and grinding my way up through the ranks as well as coaching chess to players in these ranks for nearly twenty years. The list is still highly subjective... | Read More

  • A Month of Studies: Part 3

    Another week goes by, and my efforts to create chess beauty continue. Once again, I have failed to create true beauty on the chessboard. This week I began with slightly more "original" ideas, ideas that I have not found in other studies. However, ... | Read More

  • Alfil malo

    En la eterna lucha de alfil contra caballo muchos jugadores se preguntan cuál pieza es mejor y existen algunos principios generales en el medio juego que se hacen aún más evidente en los finales. Pasaremos a revisar un caso donde la superio... | Read More

  • From Opening to Endgame: Petrosian's Triumph

    It was the fifth game of the 1963 world championship match between Tigran Petrosian and Mikhail Botvinnik. Petrosian, the challenger, had not yet won a game against Botvinnik, neither in the match nor at any time before. Botvinnik was at +1 in the... | Read More

  • The Wit and Wisdom of Louis Fogg

    In mathematical logic there is a theorem which basically states "If you start with a false premise, you can prove anything." Back in the late 1960's and early 70's, the main attraction at the Penn State Chess Team meeting often was not IM Donald ... | Read More

  • Snarky Silman Presents: Readers’ Questions

    One The Conflict That Never Was Jeffrey Baffo wrote (on Facebook): “Move First, Think Later. That book creates a major conflict between Jeremy Silman/traditional methods and what Hendriks is saying.” Answer: I’m answering this question ... | Read More

  • of Cafés, Politics, Arts and Chess

         Cafés or Coffee Houses probably originated in 16th century Turkey and quickly expanded into Persia, Arabia, Egypt and other Islamic nations.  Even there they were havens for political idealists, philosophers, artists and game players.... | Read More

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