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  • Beat The Symmetry!

    Last week, we discussed that in good hands a symmetrical position can be a very dangerous weapon. But judging by my own experience, it is more common that chess players try to use symmetry to achieve a draw playing against stronger opponent or whe... | Read More

  • The Evans Gambit: Modern Play

    Last week, we looked at the origins of the exciting Evans Gambit. Today, let's find out how the opening has journeyed through history to modern day.  While in keeping with his style, Wilhelm Steinitz's torturous defensive method against t... | Read More

  • 5 Dumb Things Your Non-Chess Friends Say

    GM Serper recently performed an in-depth criticism of the popular chess movie “Searching For Bobby Fischer,” pointing out bad habits you could pick up if the film were your only source of chess education. Serper also mentions that th... | Read More

  • 10 Bad Habits In "Searching For Bobby Fischer"

    It is time for the big national scholastic tournaments here in the U.S., and that means that we are going to witness thousands of kids making similar mistakes on and off the chess board. A clear sign of a person getting older is when he starts c... | Read More

  • Mastering Opposite-Colored Bishops

    As beginners, we are taught a litany of strategic precepts that inform our thought process and shape our general understanding. "Occupy the center," "knights before bishops," "the rook's place is behind the passed pawn" — all of thes... | Read More


    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 04.19.2015 - day 130

      World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca beat I. Friedmann in a simul in Cuernavaca in 1933: White to move and mate in 1: World Champion Bobby Fischer won against M. McDermott in a simul in New York in 1964: White to move and mate in 2: Our rea... | Read More

    • Playing the Sicilian Accelerated Dragon - Part 1

      Hello Chess Fans, Black's strongest WEAPON against 1.e4 is the Sicilian Defense 1...c4, which uses a flank pawn to attack the center squares.  Although there are several variations of the Sicilian Defense, today we will specifically be reviewin... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 04.18.2015 - day 129

      World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca beat Glicco in Mexico in 1933: White to move and mate in 1: World Champion Bobby Fischer won against T. Kumro in a simul in Cicero in 1964: White to move and mate in 2: My student Norbert Bodo from Bud... | Read More

    • Cars and chess

      Cars and chess players sometime don't make very good mates.  Here are a few items about cars, car accidents, and chess players.     In 1901, Johannes von Minckwitz (1843-1901) committed suicide by stepping in front of a street car near Biebr... | Read More

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    • The Wesley So Conspiracy

      In a recent ChessDom interview, Lotis Key, a devout Christian and a friend of Wesley So with whom he is living in Minnesota, said, "Bobby Fischer lived in my older sister’s house in Pasadena. There is no mystery to Wesley wanting to live with us... | Read More

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      • | Apr 17, 2015
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Video Lessons



  • Sicilian Defence

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    The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking contro... Read More »

  • Chess960

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    Chess960 (Fischer random) is a chess variant created by Bobby Fischer where the pieces on the back rank are randomized, there are 960 possible starting possitions, hence the name Chess960 As you can see the pawns a still on rank 2/7 but the piece... Read More »

  • Purdy, Cecil

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    Cecil Purdy (1906-1979) was a Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess (1953) and winner of the first world correspondence chess championship (1950-1953). In 1923, at the age of 17, he won the New Zealand Championship.  In 1929 he founded the Australa... Read More »

  • Benko, Pal

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    Pal Benko was in Amiens, France on Jul 15, 1928 but grew up in Budapest, Hungary. Benko learned chess from his father in 1938, at the age of 10.  His first book was a collection of Capablanca’s chess games. In June 1945, in his first chess to... Read More »

  • Evans, Larry

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    Larry Melvyn Evans (March 22, 1932 – November 15, 2010) was an  was an American Chess Grandmaster, author and journalist. He won or shared the U.S. Open Chess Championship five times and the U.S. Open Chess Championship four times.  He won or ... Read More »