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  • Babaev, Rashad

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    Rashad Babaev was born in Azerbaijan on September 3, 1981.  He became an International Master in 2005 and a Grandmaster in 2006.  His current Elo rating for 2009 is 2535. He is a very strong player Read More »

  • Babula, Vlastimil

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    Vlastimil Babula was born in Czechoslovakia on October 2, 1973.  He won the Czech championship in 1993 and 2008.  He took 2nd in the Czech championship in 2007.  He was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1997.  He was the Czech Under 16 champion... Read More »

  • Baburin, Alexander

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    Alexander Baburin, born in 1967, is a Russian player who moved to Ireland in 1993 and became an International Master in 1990 and a Grandmaster in 1996.  He is the first Irish Grandmaster.  He won the 1999 Mind Sports Olympiad in Lon... Read More »

  • Bachmann, Ludwig

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    Ludwig Ernst August Bachmann (1856-1937) was a German chess author and chronicler of chess.  He worked for the Bavarian railway as a senior official.  In his spare time, he collected information on chess events and put them in yearbooks ... Read More »

  • Back rank mate

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    A simple type of checkmate, whereby the mated King is trapped on the first rank behind his own pawns and is unable escape an attack from Queen or Rook. This pattern appears often in games and was a favorite tactic of World Champion Bobby Fischer. ... Read More »

  • Back Rank Mates

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    A back rank mate is when a rook or queen check cannot be escaped from.   Also, it can occurr when the piece defending the back rank is pinned. Finally, a back rank checkmate works if the defender cannot block. Back rank mates are howevr on... Read More »

  • Backward Pawn

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    A pawn which cannot be protected by its neighbouring pawns because they have advanced further up the board. A backward pawn can become a weakness, but sometimes other factors can compensate.  Some opening variations allow backward pawns to occur... Read More »

  • Bacrot, Etienne

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    Etienne Bacrot, born Jan 22, 1983, was the youngest FIDE master at age 10. He began playing chess at the age of 4.  He won the World under 12 championship in Brazil in 1995.  In 1995, he was awarded the International Master title at the age of 1... Read More »

  • Bad Bishop

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    A bishop is described as 'bad' if it's movement is restricted by it's own pawn being on squares of the same colour. Black's Bishop at c6 is bad because it is blocked by it's own pawns. White's bishop is stronger becaus... Read More »

  • bad opennings

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