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  • The 5 Best Computer Chess Engines

    Computers are the future of chess. Almost everyone agrees on that. But the statement doesn’t go far enough. By and large, computers are also the present of chess. With the question of man vs. machine long-ago settled over the chessboard,... | Read More

  • Manny

     Chess often forms a juncture with various disciplines such as literature, poetry, music, painting or films.  The point where they meet can be symbolic, thematic or just a hook meant to reel in the audience.  Certain artists or writers are, in... | Read More

  • Can A GM And Rybka Beat Stockfish?

    Around June, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well establis... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations: The Good Old Days

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny b... | Read More

  • The 7 Best Upcoming Events

    Chess fans have a lot to look forward to at If you like big-time chess events, you're going to love this spring.  Yesterday, a charity fundraising simul hosted by world-number-nine GM Anish Giri online on's live serve... | Read More

    • Very interesting game!

      I recently played this game, and due to a lack of 'book move' knowledge for the c6 response to the reti, I got a very interesting position. The rest of game contained some great tactics found by both myself and the opponent. I also had the mindset... | Read More

    • Chess Structures in Practice - Carlsbad Structure

      It’s been a while since I finished writing Chess Structures, but I like the topic so much that I keep coming back to it – I know how much it improved my understanding of chess. I follow games on Chessbomb pretty much daily and I really enjoy... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 05.21.2015 - day 162

      World Champion Boris Spassky won against Svetozar Gligoric in Vienna in 1980: White to move and mate in 1: World Champion Mikhail Tal beat Josef Lokvenc in Miskolc in 1963: Black to move and mate in 4: Our reader e4nv lost against jet101 i... | Read More

    • The King Rules the Endgame

      Look at this position below. Imagine that you are in this position. Your c3 pawn is under attack and there is no way to defend it. You are in a bad way. Although you have the enemy King pinned down, it does not appear to be of any use as Black’s... | Read More

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      • | May 20, 2015
    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 05.20.2015 - day 161

      World Champion Boris Spassky won against Computer IBM 370/165 in Birlinghoven in 1973: White to move and mate in 1: World Champion Mikhail Tal beat Jan Reznicek in a simul in Prague in 1960: White to move and mate in 3: Our reader Andrew R... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Frere, Thomas

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    Thomas Frere (1820-1900) was one of the foremost promoters of chess in the USA in the 19th century. He helped organize the 1st American Chess Congress in New York. He was a player in the minor tournament of that congress. He organized the first Br... Read More »

  • Axedrez

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    The obsolete Spanish word for chess (which is now ajedrez).  The Portuguese player Damiano wrote a Spanish book suggesting chess was invented by Xerxes and should be named after Xerxes, hence, the word Axedrez.  Axedrez is used for the word ches... Read More »

  • Castling

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    Castling is the only time in the game when more than one piece may be moved during a turn.  Castling can only occur if there are no pieces standing between the king and the rook.  Neither king nor rook may have moved from its original position.... Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • Word Gambit

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    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... Read More »