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  • The Fighting French: Advance Variation a3 without g4

    I'm not going to lie, sometimes the French Defense can be a snooze fest. If White wants to fight for an advantage though, he can come up against some mean counterplay! Let me show you what I'm talking about:  But first let's see what happens if ... | Read More

  • The Ultimate Blunder

    The Ultimate Blunder is Tim Krabbe's term for when someone resigns in a winning position. You can find his collection of examples here: http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess2/resigntxt.htm.   I felt pretty clever for a little tonight while after p... | Read More

  • Stalemate! The Most Aesthetic Swindle

    I am constantly asked by students why stalemate is a draw and not a win. My answer (rightly or wrongly) is that chess is a better game because stalemate is a draw. Narrowly superior positions such as pawn up endings and even equal pawn endings oft... | Read More

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