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    • Attention All Chess Bloggers!

      I'll be hosting a new edition of the chess blog carnival on my offsite blog: October Chess Improvement Carnival. Chess.com bloggers are, of course, more than welcome to participate. Earlier this year I wrote a post about some of the great blogs he... | Read More

      • bemweeks
      • | Sep 20, 2011
      • | 1699 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Fastest O-O-O

      I know at least one common opening variation where White castles O-O in four moves, the minimum number of moves in which it can be done. In theory, castling O-O-O can be done in five moves, but I can't think of a common variation where it actually... | Read More

      • bemweeks
      • | Oct 23, 2010
      • | 3431 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Origin of the Dragon Sacrifice?

      Does anyone know who was the first player to use the ...Rxc3 exchange sacrifice in the Dragon Defense? I found one example from 1968-69 that I documented here -- Opening Exchange Sac [B7x] -- but it's clear from the notes to that game that the ide... | Read More

      • bemweeks
      • | Dec 20, 2008
      • | 1829 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Next Chess Blog Carnival

      There's so much great work being produced by Chess.com bloggers, that I'd like to mention the next edition of the Chess Blog Carnival, in the hope that some Chess.com writers will want to promote their work to a wider readership. The chess blogosp... | Read More

      • bemweeks
      • | Dec 14, 2008
      • | 1223 views
      • | 4 comments
    • The Conquest of Weeks

      Stuart Conquest's win in the 2008 British Championship (see The Conquest Of Britain for details) reminded me of a game I played against Conquest when he was an up-and-coming IM. The game was played in the third round of the 1990 Paris Championsh... | Read More

      • bemweeks
      • | Sep 29, 2008
      • | 1216 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Kicking Chess.com's Tires

      From September 2002 to August 2008, I was the Chess Guide at chess.about.com. On the following screen capture, you'll see that the photo is the same one that I use on Chess.com. My wife took it on Easter weekend this year. The About.com posit... | Read More

      • bemweeks
      • | Aug 30, 2008
      • | 1288 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Hello, Chess.com!

      I maintain two other chess blogs... http://chessforallages.blogspot.com/ http://worldchesschampionship.blogspot.com/ ...and as the French say, 'Jamais deux sans trois'. I hope to be posting a lot more here, but before I do anythi... | Read More

      • bemweeks
      • | Aug 25, 2008
      • | 818 views
      • | 4 comments