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  • Chess Tales from Asia - The Great Singapore Swindles (Part 3)

    Once again, I would like to thank the readers for their support, interaction and kind comments in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. In this final segment of Great Singapore Swindles, I would like to introduce you to a good friend, International M... | Read More

  • 2 Ns vs 2 Bs

    For more cool articles visit http://stuscorner.wordpress.com This article will help players to understand how to play against two Bs when you have two Ns. Battle of 2 Bs vs 2 Ns doesn’t occur frequently, but if you are fond of, for example, Chi... | Read More

  • How to Train Your Brain!

    I was going to do Part 2 of Target Consciousness, but three reader questions (from Part 1) have convinced me to hold off on Part 2 for next week and instead revisit a painful subject for chess hopefuls.  THREE READER QUESTIONS Mottsauce said: ... | Read More

  • Consequences of a Pawn Push

    Originally written for http://stuscorner.wordpress.com In today’s ( simple ) lesson we will deal with a long-term planning, logical thinking, and understanding. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 ( ... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin November 2013

    DOWNLOADS: BULLETIN (PDF)  | PGN (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) In the Spotlight An Indian Preview of Anand-Carlsen The upcoming match for the World title between Anand and Carlsen is one of the mos... | Read More

  • Chess Tales from Asia - The Great Singapore Swindles (Part 2)

      Hi!  Firstly, thanks for the positive comments on Part 1 of this series. I do hope to continue to have your support. Before I continue showing some more swindles concorted in this part of Asia, I would like to make a distinction between the '... | Read More

  • First Saturday Budapest chess tournaments in November 2013

    Two USA player plays in the First Saturday Budapest November event, IM Troff, Kayden W and FM Sevian Sam. The official website of the tournament is: www.firstsaturday.hu | Read More

  • Review: Magnus Force

    Magnus Carlsen is a phenomenon. He could recently be seen on enormous billboards all over the world posing next to supermodel and Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler; he’s been a guest to The Colbert Report; and he has featured on the cover ... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Crafty Queen

    The pattern of the Crafty Queen requires Qh3, Ne5 and a bishop on the diagonal b1-h7 (usually Bd3) for White, and the black king should be castled to the kingside. Superficially it looks like the white queen is only looking at a good opportunity t... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 4

    Today we continue our topic of classic heritage in modern play and we'll study one of Capablanca's favorite positional methods - restricting the opponent's bishop. We will analyze only one particular instance of this method, when the bishop is loc... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #14 - The Day After Halloween

    “Did you have a nice Halloween?” the Professor asked both Zephyr and Lucian who, once again, were in class together.  --- Both of the Professor’s prized students nodded in agreement. --- The Professor continued: “I... | Read More

  • Trampas al jugar por internet

    ¿Alguna vez ha jugado una partida rápida siendo derrotado desastrosamente sin darse cuenta cómo ocurrió aquello? Y si a esto le agregamos el hecho de que su rival realiza jugadas perfectas en la apertura llegando hasta la movida quince o veint... | Read More

  • Chess Tales from Asia - The Great Singapore Swindles (Part 1)

     Greetings from Singapore! Now, the island I come from isn't exactly well known for chess (prowess) but very often, when FIDE-rated expatriates show up (usually for post-grad studies) in our local tourneys for the first time, they tend to be s... | 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

  • 2013 Michigan Fall Chess Festival

    The Third Annual Michigan Chess Festival took place October 23-27 at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI.  I have played in each festival, and it gets bigger and stronger every year! Here, organizer Alan Kaufman outdid himself, as 60 players and ... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: Semi-Smothered Mate

    The combination we are going to discuss today happens mostly in openings. The key features of the pattern are: The opponent's king is surrounded by his own pieces that block all the escape squares except two. Your bishop covers two remaining ... | Read More

  • Magnificent Seven

    © 2013, José Diaz  Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website   | Read More

  • GM Kraai Releases "Lisa: A Chess Novel"

    Fellow chessplayers, Chess has been a private part of my life. What I mean is that my non-chessplaying friends could never really appreciate what I was doing. So I hid it away. My chess novel, "Lisa," is my attempt to tell them, through a story.... | Read More

  • Ashes! Ashes! The Flag is Falling Down at Death Match 19

    In 1882, Australian cricketers came to London and won a test match in England for the first time ever. "The Ashes" of English cricket tradition were transported back with the victors to the Southern Hemisphere.  The two countries continue t... | Read More

  • Un Lucena mal planteado

    El título del siguiente post es curioso, ya lo sé, pero "iré por partes" como decía Jack el Destripador. El Lucena es una conocida posición de finales de ajedrez que es fundamental para aquellos que quieran progresar en su técnica de ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #13 - Be Like Fischer

    “How nice to have both of you in my class today,” said ProfessorPando to his two prize students, Zephyr and Lucian.  --- “Perhaps you can put your heads together and tackle a fairly difficult problem. Sometimes, though not all the time, two... | Read More

  • After There Were Books . . .

         This article came about in a most curious fashion.  I was looking deeply into the "celebrated" (as George Walker called it in 1838) La Bourdonnais - M'Donnell match of 1834. This sniffing around led me into a discussion with a gentleman... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 3

    Last week we looked at a topic of how modern players learn from classics in endgames where there are rooks present with opposite-colored bishops. We analyzed two classic games where the ideas of 1) a passed pawn and 2) domination showed up. We com... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Oct 25, 2013

    "What do you tell someone who is losing too much?" The main reason for losing too much is playing too many players who are much higher rated than you! So we have to ask, "Do you mean you are in a slump (If so, check out Breaking a Slump) and losi... | Read More

  • Rubinstein's Queenless Masterpieces

    One of the classical players who influenced me the most was Akiba Rubinstein, born in 1882. Rubinstein was, along with Paul Keres, the best player never to play a match for the world championship. Rubinstein is known for his very objective and c... | Read More

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