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  • Reaching GM Potential And Compensation

    Reaching One’s GM Chess Potential member Philippe Silex777 asked: I have been reading your articles for a while now and have a question that I can’t find a satisfying answer to. It’s pretty simple: You wrote books a... | Read More

  • Did Hollywood Get 'Pawn Sacrifice' Right?

    By now many members have seen the first trailer for Pawn Sacrifice, the Hollywood movie based on the rise of Bobby Fischer to world chess champion. We've known for a while that Spiderman, or rather Tobey Maguire, was to play the fiv... | Read More

  • 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

    • Washington Open 2015

      [Seattle image by Cacophony] By local standards this was a huge tournament--around 200 players, not counting the large scholastic tournament sharing the site.  It was held at the Lynnwood Convention Center, and felt very spacious after multiple ... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | Aug 1, 2015
    • Fighting for First: Spring Open

      (Image courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt) The Spring Open was two sections, Open and Reserve (under 1950).  I asked my husband which he thought I should play, and he said, "You'll learn more in the Open, maybe, but I think you'll enjoy yourself more ... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | Jul 29, 2015
    • One-tenth as popular as the Albin

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    • Cleancut Albin

      No blunder, not big mistakes on my opponent's side. Just bad opening choice and unprecise moves here and there. I played in my favourite positional style and that's was enough to completely demolish my opponent with no risk on my side. | Read More

      • mnowotny
      • | Jul 18, 2015
    • Analysis of the Albin Countergambit

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Video Lessons


  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • 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 »