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  • The Secrets Of The Berlin Endgame

    "Every time the Berlin endgame shows up on the board," GM Vladimir Kramnik remarked a few weeks ago, "everyone starts to cry quietly, [because] such positions are boring. However, games are often full of exciting play, although there are... | Read More

  • Reaping The Whirlwind!

    When I was still playing in tournaments I answered 1.e4 with various Sicilian lines (Richter-Rauzer, Accelerated Dragon, Paulsen and Taimanov systems, etc.) and the Caro-Kann. I always loved the Caro-Kann, and at the end of my career it became m... | Read More

  • Serendipity Leads to Fischer and Beyond

          I had stumbled across the archived "New York Times" obituary notice for Edmar Mednis (February 22, 2002, by Dylan Loeb McClain).  The obit, of course, reviews his life, but pivots on the point that, although Mednis (pictured left in 19... | Read More

  • The Amazing Chess Illusion

    Most people are fascinated by optical illusions. Indeed it is a very strange feeling that what you see with your own eyes is not exactly what it is. This reminds me of the punchline to the old joke that I already mentioned in this article: "who ... | Read More

  • 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

    • TheWhiteFianchetto vs. lebesgue72: Reti opening: 12/22/14

      Hi all! This was a game I played a few days ago. My opponent opened with the Reti opening, which I have little to no experience with. I used to not think that it's too different from other opening, but when I came across it a few days ago, I was w... | Read More

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      • | Dec 25, 2014
    • Blindfold chess game with commentary

      As an exercise for myself, I tried playing a blindfold chess game with commentary. Time controls were set at 15 minutes with a 10 second increment. It was my first time playing blindfold chess in some time. After recording, I edited in another boa... | Read More

    • sacrifices

      Share on favorites Share on twitterMore Sharing Ser8 differents type of sacrifices  Quote · #Hello, 1.the positionnal sacrifice Spielmann vs. Schlechter Ostend | 1906 | 1/2-1/2 1. Nxe5Bxd12. Nxf7Rxf7?3. Bxf7+Kh84. Raxd1... | Read More

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    • WAS CHESS...

      WAS CHESS INVENTED... a few minutes ago · Quote · Edit · Delete · #1 ZeeghamShaarih Was Chess Invented in Ireland or China or India or…? November 5, 2012 Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval , trackback       Th... | Read More

    • Stalemate in 10 moves? (Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the blunder)

      It turned out to my big surprise that a 10-moves stalemate is possible! Absurd, but possible. This was discovered by Sam Loyd, an American chess player and chess composer. I have no precise information on this, but at least some of the games below... | Read More

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      • | Dec 23, 2014

Video Lessons


  • Chess

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    Chess is a world-famous game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64-square board of alternating colors (black and white, or, most commonly, light and dark). The earliest known ancestor of modern chess ... Read More »

  • 2 rooks checkmate

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    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Bongcloud Attack

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    The Bongcloud Attack is a dubious opening invented by Graw81, characterised by the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Ke2?!. It aims to either develop the king for an early endgame or get the white king to the other side of the board. It can also be played after o... Read More »

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »