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  • Knights On The Rim Are Amazing

    As beginners, we learn myriad principles that guide our chess development and steer us away from common positional vices: Develop knights before bishops. Do not move a piece twice in the opening unless strictly necessary. Knights on the rim ... | Read More

  • Max Euwe And The Slav Defense

    In 1935 a surprising thing happened. The fourth world champion, Alexander Alekhine, widely considered a genius, lost a match to the Dutch master, Max Euwe. Euwe was unique among world champions for several reasons. First, he was the only one who... | Read More

  • Goose-Stepping Down Under

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia.  Like Tal, Ozols was... | Read More

  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game

    Chess.com member Nietsoj wrote: “I read your recent post where you answered a question about aiming for a 2000 rating. Just as so many other amateur players, I have the same goal, and I am wondering what a realistic training program would look ... | Read More

  • The Weird And Wonderful Empty Square Sacrifice

    I will not hide the fact that I love to hear the spectators react after a sacrifice of a piece or pawn. I dont think that there is anything bad in such a feeling; no artist or musician is indifferent to the reactions of the public.  -- Mikh... | Read More


    • #28 Chess Nut XI

       << #27 Phi Kappa Blaca XXXIX -- #29 ?? >>    Tournament #28 : Chess Nut, 11/23/91 Fred A Olds Elementary, Raleigh, NC TD:  Edwin Chamberlain Section:  Open Time Control:  G/60 (No Crosstable)   Yet another training tournamen... | Read More

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      • | Sep 4, 2015
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    • Rook Ending Lessons: Minev 1985

      Simple Rook Endings never cease to amaze. A position which appeared so mysterious suddenly in 2 or 3 moves becomes so clear. I think with Rook endings, given how many possible moves there are at each branch, if you don't have a clear plan of what ... | Read More

    • Dione Crosses Saturn's Disk In Spectacular New Image

      Dione Crosses Saturn's Disk In Spectacular New Image The photo was captured from approximately 1.4 million miles away. NASA has released an incredible new image showing one of Saturn's many moons crossing the planet's disk. The moon Dione, ... | Read More

    • Falling in love with material

      One of the deadliest chess sins must surely be materialism. In being blinded by something you can count, I had failed to see alternatives in my daily tactical training.   Take the following example I was trying to solve from Blokh's "Combinatio... | Read More

    • Sexy Chess...i don't think so...

      Sexy Chess...i don't think so... Although it’s hard to claim having Magnus Carlsen as a photogenic World Champion has catapulted chess into the limelight in anywhere other than Norway there’s been no lack of mass media interest in the royal g... | Read More

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      • | Sep 4, 2015
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