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  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Smith-Morra Gambit.  As the Smith-Morra began to encounter strong players, a variety of different responses developed. In the early days, declining the gambit was actually quite popular. In fact, ... | Read More

  • 6 Chess Moves You Have To Play Before You Die

    The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History

    For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More

  • 13 Songs With Chess Lyrics

    Chess and music have been linked throughout history. Both of these cerebral pursuits live at the intersection of science and art, and both are breeding grounds for amazing geniuses and prodigies. The logic, structure, and meaning of music can ... | Read More

  • 5 Openings To Learn In 2015

    A new calendar year, for many people, means a chance for a new beginning. January is a month to consider new possibilities, to improve yourself, and to make a fresh plan for the upcoming year. In many ways, a new year is like a chessboard in t... | Read More

    • Download PDF of Chess is Jiu-Jitsu for the Mind Sampler Book!

        The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is happy to announce its Founder, Adisa Banjoko will be releasing a new book detailing the connections between Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts entitled Chess is Jiu-Jitsu for the Mind. The book will also lo... | Read More

    • Bobby Fischer queen sacrifice ("La partida del Siglo" - variacion)

      "The Chess Game of the CEntury" may have been won by White as demonstrated below: La partida (del Siglo) se pudo haber decidido en menos de un movimiento (como demuestro en la variacion del movimiento 18) a favor de las blancas. | Read More

    • The good bishop saves the day

      Since years I often favor the knight over the bishop in chess. But since I looked at some Bobby Fischer games again, I started to see that bishops can be very cool too. Here's an example of the good bishop versus the bad knight. | Read More

      • achja
      • | Jan 25, 2015
    • A little tribute to Nimzovich style Nh8!!

      Know your classics ! Do you know the amazing move knight to h8 from Bobby Fischer ? I thought it was Nimzovich who had played Nh8 as well, but I found three games with it where it was not as convincing as in the blitz (!) game Korchnoi - Fische... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Jan 21, 2015
    • The echo of Bobby Fischer's 19.Rf6

      It is not easy to be creative in chess. Lots has been done already in the past. But the good thing is that by studying chess games from others, ideas can be reused in your own games. Like the blocking 19.Rf6!! move from Bobby Fischer against Pal ... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Jan 19, 2015

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 »