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  • Clash of Champions: Capablanca vs. Lasker

    After taking the title from Wilhelm Steinitz in 1894, Emanuel Lasker won a rematch against Steinitz in 1897. His reign as world champion lasted until 1921, and the 27 years he spent on the throne were the longest anyone has remained world champion... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 5

    Unorthodox Chess Players Einet890 asked a few questions, but I will only answer one here, and one other next time I do a Q&A article. Mr. Einet890, I’ll answer this question for everyone, though you’re welcome to use the ans... | Read More

  • Don't Lose Trying Too Hard to Win

    In my article on chess technique, I wholeheartedly agreed with Frank J. Marshall's affirmation that "the hardest thing in chess is to win a won game." Indeed, tenacious defense is now the norm rather than the exception. Fifty years ago, the fir... | Read More

  • The Chess Terminator, Part Two

    Last week, we left our amicable chess terminator at a position where his opponent set a devilish trap for him. Many of you, my dear readers, correctly found the refutation of the trap. In his book, Tal wrote that White's move (25.Rd2) made him ver... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Steinitz vs. Zukertort

    Dear readers! Over the next couple months I will be doing a series of articles covering the endgames played in world championship matches over the years. Through this series, we will be seeing how endgame play evolved as well as learning about som... | Read More

    • XVIII IRT Hebraica

               XVIII IRT Hebraica - Julho/2014               Foi um bom torneio, consegui boas posições em todas as partidas, mas fiz dois grandes "blunders" que causaram minhas duas derrotas, mas o importante é aprender com os erros, po... | Read More

      • MFCapelo
      • | Jul 22, 2014
    • Frenetic Gaming

      [Wow, it has been a looooong time since I did any Chess blogging!  Time to rectify that!  Here is a repost of an entry I posted on my main blog.  Come on by if you enjoy an unconventional look at all types of gaming!] One of my favorite go-t... | Read More

    • chess and culture #4 Samuel Reshevsky

      Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920. Samuel Reshevsky learned chess when he was 4 years old. He became known as a child chess prodigy and was playing simultaneous games of chess against adults when he... | Read More

    • Blunder file: French defence overwhelmed

      Think I was just up against a much tactically stronger player here - who was underrated due to not playing many standard games - but interesting because it was quite hard for me to work out the blunder, after quite a lot of book moves.  I think 1... | Read More

      • yucca
      • | Jul 20, 2014
    • Games of an amateur II: Self-destruction galore

      Can you find the best continuations in five games where I faltered this week? Having just finished a quite terrible national championship, it is time for the inquest. How come I self-destruct again and again in decent to very good positions? (Th... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Petroff's Defence

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    Petroff's Defence (or the Russian Game) arises after: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6    There is an interesting trap where white may blunder his Queen away early in the game after: 3. Nxe5 Qe7 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3?? Leads to Nxc3+, and black will win ... Read More »

  • Qualities of moves

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    As you can see moves are indicated if good or bad through symbols: These are the symbols: !!- brilliant move !- good move !?- interesting move  ?!- dubious move ?-bad move ??-blunder Many people make blunders like the castling blunder lik... Read More »

  • Impossible!

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    This "Impossible" Checkmate contradicts what many, many chess books say: "You can only checkmate with two knights if you are in the corner and your opponent blunders." It is possible.     You can do it on the side of the board; however, yo... Read More »

  • Gunsberg, Isidor Arthur

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    In 1890-1891, Isidor Arthur Gunsberg (1854-1930) played Steinitz for the world’s championship and lost after 4 wins, 9 draws, and 6 losses.  Gunsberg began his chess career as the player inside the chess automaton Mephisto.  H... Read More »