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  • Walker

    George  Walker    George Walker's life (1803-1879) spanned one of the most remarkable periods of chess.  As a chess player, he met and played such personalities as John Cochrane, William Lewis, Alexander McDonnell, Labourdonnais, Pierre Charl... | Read More

  • Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

    [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More

  • The Tale Of Two Emory Tates

    In last week's article we paid tribute to a creative chess player and a nice person, IM Emory Tate. As a man who played Emory many times, I can tell you that a game with him was always just like our life according to Forrest Gump. Remember his f... | Read More

  • Garry Kasparov And The Scotch Opening

    After Anatoly Karpov came Garry Kasparov, the 13th world champion. Kasparov took opening preparation to possibly the most extreme level of any champions before or since. His deep explorations, with the help of a team of grandmasters and -- a new p... | Read More

  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales: Polgar vs Silman

    I didn’t intend to write a 4th Cracked Grandmaster Tales article, but so many members asked me to do another that I decided to share a few more (true) stories. I hope you enjoy these as much as you did the others. Be warned: there mig... | Read More

    • I WON!

      I was versing my sister head to heads.......MYB FACE HER FACEONE ON ONE! i was white she was black i moved my knight she did the same thing i put a nother one up she did to then i put a pon beside the other pon.She did the same i caseld she did i... | Read More

    • Ankit-Sakshi Memorial Chess tournament 2015

      It was very good tournament for me .I make a draw position against 2000+ but in time pressure I lost. Lets see the brief surmmery of the games. In the first round I faced a old aged people of around 60. He had black pieces and he tried sicillian ... | Read More

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      • | Nov 25, 2015
    • Thanksgiving Sendoff – One Last Victory Before Philly

      Check out the original post here! Before I start to analyze my game, I’d like to apologize for not getting a blog post at my usual 9 AM time. With the craze that is college exams before Thanksgiving and preparing to take off to Philadelphia for... | Read More

    • New System against 1D4!

      I call it the "Burger Defence" I have been workng out the kinks and I have not actually played it yet... I think that the black pawn advance should be sooner and maybe castle earlier.... can someone please try it out and tell me what you think. | Read More

    • My Games #17: Invulnerable King in the Middle and Lots of Pins

      Tactically terriflying game. I'm really surprised why my king is so safe in the middle. Center game is always full of trickiness. Also this game shows one of bishops strenght over knights: Bishops can pin.  Conclusion: No need to castle anymore... | Read More

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      • | Nov 23, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • How to teach your child how to play chess

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    If you have a child and you want to teach him/her how to play chess first get him/her intrested in the game. If he/she doesn't want to play don't make him/her. (I"ll say her because I'me a girl).  What you want to do is if she decided to play fir... Read More »

  • Three-Fold Repitition

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    One way to draw a game is to manuvuer into a sitiuation where the same EXACT position is repeated three times. This is called THREE-FOLD REPITITION. It usually happens with PERPETUAL CHECK. That means one side keeps checking the other side and nei... Read More »

  • Algebraic notation

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    This article is about Algebric notation.First we will talk about what the pieces mean: K=king Q=queen R=rook B=bishop N=knight when pawns move,only the destination square is described. Here is an example of an opening with algebric notation... 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 »