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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #73: Three vs. Two

    Professor: It's good to see you, class.  The kids didn't say much. A few of them even looked sad.  Professor: Why so pale and wan, if I may ask? Rachel: Well, the semester's coming to an end.  Professor: That's true. But you've all learned... | Read More

  • The Paulsen Sicilian: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.  Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | 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

  • A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend!

    Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master. A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, December 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Carlsen-Anand “This Bulletin focuses on the World Championship — especially the featured article and the opening articl... | Read More

    • Simul Stories from Singapore

      In simultaneous exhibitions, it is usually not common for strong masters to sit across the board to face the simul master. After all, the simul master will have his hands full fending off the many boards, let alone deal with someone he would alrea... | Read More

      • juniortay
      • | Dec 20, 2014
    • Viswanathan Anand: Winner of London Chess classics 2014 !!

      Five-time World Champion ,  and Chess legend Super GM Viswanathan Anand  won the 2014 edition of the London Chess classics , his first London Classic title after defeating British Grand master Michael Adams in the fifth and final round on Monday... | Read More

    • چرا شب یلدا بلند ترین شب است؟

      بسیاری از مردم تصور می کنند علت به وجود آمدن فصول، نزدیک و دور شدن زمین در مدار خودش به گرد خورشید است. در نتیجه علت طولانی بودن شب یلدا را... | Read More

    • #8, Phi Kappa Blanca XXXI

      << #7 Phi Kappa Blaca 9/8/90 -- #9 ??> Tournament #8 : Phi Kappa Blanca, 10/6/90 NCSU Student Union, Raleigh, NC TD:  Robert Singletary Section:  U1400 Time Control:  40/90, G/30   My 1st rated attempt at 1.d4.  With my style trendi... | Read More

      • dl_leonine
      • | Dec 20, 2014
    • Power in Check: chess n US Presidency

      Chess has influenced the American presidency since the administration of George Washington. While a game replete with Kings and Queens might at first seem antithetical to democratic leadership, commanders-in-chief have continually appreciated ches... | Read More

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