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  • A Potpourri of Traps

    Why study traps?      There are several good reasons why studying traps might be considered important. First, of course, to avoid becoming a victim of one.  Second is to recognize when the opportunity of gaining a quick victory appears.  B... | Read More

  • Review: Playing the Trompowsky

    I recently took a train from Amsterdam to the quaint little Belgium town of Bruges. Looking for a book to keep me occupied for the four hour ride, I remembered my review copy of Richard Pert’s Playing the Trompowsky, which is certainly thinner t... | Read More

  • The Endgame Cunning of Emanuel Lasker, Part 1

    It has been said that the second World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, was unique among the top players of his time period in that he didn't create a chess school of thought. Others have said that he did create a school - the "psychological school." It ... | 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

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Dec 13, 2013

    "I know doing basic tactics puzzles is good for me but I don't have much fun doing them. How can I make them more fun?" A great question. But of course the answer depends on a large part of what is preventing that study from being fun. It might b... | Read More

    • Board 5, Wigston 3 v Syston 2, 04/12/14

      All moves in 75 minutes, with a 10 second increment from move one. One of my worst games of chess ever!  I hadn't faced the Albin-Chatard for decades, and seem to remember falling into a trap last time I did so.  I had lost a piece within abou... | Read More

    • Portrait of the Chess Player as a Young Loser

      INTRODUCTIONS: I play unrated chess because I am scared to lose rating points. I have over 7,000 bullet, and 3,000 blitz games. Atleast 85% were unrated, maybe more. It's as if my height is messured in ELO rather than inches: too many losses and ... | Read More

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      • | Nov 8, 2014
    • [video] Chess Opening Trap #3: Albin’s Counter Gambit – f2 Accident!

      Hi all, Time for another accident on the f2 square! We will take a look at a trap from the Albin’s Counter Gambit. It is useful to study the typical tactical patterns that make this trap possible. Be aware of someone playing this against you i... | Read More

      • Waldemar
      • | Sep 16, 2014
    • Albin Countergambit, Lasker Trap

      Learn to play with and against the Albin Countergambit, Lasker Trap.   Subscribe  @ Join me on Facebook @ Tyrone Ferrara    | Read More

    • So what's your favorite opening?

      Compliments for supporting BK Academy of Chess:  50 Videos Covering Opening Theory  ECO Volume A - ECO Volume B - C20–C99: Open Game - A51: Budapest Gambit, Kieninger - Trap http... | Read More

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  • Showalter, Jackson Whipps

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    In 1890, Jackson Whipps Showalter (1860-1935) won the United States Chess Association’s 3rd Annual Congress Championship tournament in St. Louis.  Shortly after this tournament in 1890, he lost a match to Max Judd by a score of 7-3... Read More »

  • Albin, Adolf

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    Adolf Albin (1848-1920) was a Romanian chess master (born in Bucharest) who learned the game at age 23.  In 1872 he authored the first chess book written in Romanian, Amiculu Jocului de Schach.   He played in his first international... Read More »