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  • The Man That Walked By Himself

    The recent departure of IM Emory Tate is a severe blow to American chess. While we have many chess players who are stronger than him and a huge number of chess players who are weaker than him, we'll never have another Emory Tate. In this article... | Read More

  • Anatoly Karpov And The Caro-Kann

    After his famous 1972 victory over Boris Spassky in the so-called "Match of the Century," Bobby Fischer stopped playing chess. He did not compete in any tournaments as the world champion. When Anatoly Karpov emerged as his challenger in 1975,... | Read More

  • The Biggest Secret Of The Soviet Chess School

    The famed Soviet school of chess has produced hundreds of grandmasters and dozens of world champions. Thousands of chess coaches teach their students using "the Soviet training method." But who can really describe what exactly was/is the So... | Read More

  • More Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    In my first edition of Cracked Grandmaster Tales, I shared stories about Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas, Grandmaster Igor Ivanov, a tribute to Igor Ivanov by Boris Spassky, a short tale about an unknown grandmaster, and a story about the late Wa... | Read More

  • Tigran Petrosian And The Queen's Indian

    Tigran Petrosian, the ninth world champion, gained the title in his 1963 match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Thus the Botvinnik era came to a close, since the automatic rematch clause (which allowed Botvinnik to regain the championship after one year fr... | Read More

    • Chess Openings

      Preface: The very first opening that I used was the King's Knight Opening (includes Gunderam Defence, Greco Defence, Damiano Defence, Elephant Gambit, and Latvian Gambit.) Constant practice and understanding the basics really help me a lot to know... | Read More

    • Salomon Flohr El experto

      Explicandole a Tigran Petrosian                                     Analizando con Max Euwe En virtud de los fantásticos resultados alcanzados en años anteriores, en 1937 la FIDE, con 8 votos en contra 5, oficialmente designa... | Read More

    • Salomon Flohr El experto

      Alekhine, Flohr, Vera Menchik y el gerente de Alekhine Flohr-Botvinnik             | Read More

    • Shirov Swimming in the Boiling Waters of Iceland

      Latvia is represented in the Open European Team Championship currently taking place in Iceland by a women's team featuring Mrs Reizniece-Ozola, the current Latvian Minister for Economics, and a men's team featuring Latvia's top seed Mr Shirov.  ... | Read More

    • Semi Slav

      Semi-Slav - Botvinnik Variation - 11.exf6 | Read More

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Video Lessons

  • Aagaard, Jacob

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    Jacob Aagaard Madsen, born July 31, 1973, is a Grandmaster (2005) originally from Denmark, but now living in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is usually referred to simply as Jacob Aagaard. He finished 2nd in the 111th Scottish Championship in 2004.  He... Read More »

  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... Read More »

  • Alatortsev, Vladimir

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    Vladimir Alexeyevich Alatortsev (Alatorcev) (1909-1987), pronounced "a LAH tart sev", was a Russian International Master (1950), International Arbiter (1953),  and Honorary Emeritus Grandmaster (1983).  He was born in Turki, Saratov oblast... Read More »

  • Canada

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    Chess has been played in Canada since at least 1759.  General Sir John Hale and General Wolfe played chess during the taking of Quebec in 1759.  The Montreal Chess Club was founded in 1844.  The Canadian Chess Association (CCA) was ... Read More »

  • Thomas, George Alan

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    George Alan Thomas (1881-1972) was a British chess champion in 1923 and 1934, 7-time British badminton champion (he won 21 British badminton titles between 1903 and 1928),  and quarter-finalist tennis player at Wimbledon (1922).  He play... Read More »