The Traxler Counter Attack
With best play, does Black have a chance with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 ?
In Part I we examined White's response 5. d4
White's two most common responses however ... | Read More
I’ve long insisted that the best way to improve (aside from playing stronger players) is to look at reams of master games. Most games between titled players have some important lesson hiding behind the moves, and I decided to make it easy fo... | Read More
I'd written about Paulsen several times in different places. HERE is my article at Chess.com of which I'll consider this an extension.
Why write more on Louis Paulsen? I am fascinated with the 19th century and chess during th... | Read More
Chess is not a team game. It's an individual struggle between two minds to destroy each other -- at least, over the chessboard.
But that doesn't mean chess players have to be loners.
It's only natural that passionate chess players are drawn to... | Read More
In part one, I discussed a game that I feel is extremely instructive. There were opening nuances, tactics, and the usual highs and lows. But the main thing that fueled the game’s soul was the existence of two potentially weak squares on e5 a... | Read More