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  • Clash of Champions: Spassky vs. Petrosian

    For the first time since Alekhine, there was a world champion not named "Botvinnik" who was also not merely renting the title for a year. The Armenian named Tigran Petrosian held the title of world champion, with his unusual, "left-handed" style o... | Read More

  • The Cab Driver Who Knew How to Play Chess

    In the beginning of 1980s, a young and promising British international master (let's call him Nigel) played a chess tournament in the Soviet Union. At that point, a tournament in the USSR was the best possible chess school for any chess player, an... | Read More

  • How to Steal a Chess Game

    All chess players, whether they're GMs or novices, have bad days. However, chess is not a cumulative game — one blunder, one moment of premature relaxation —  can instantly nullify hours of hard work. A few months... | Read More

  • How to Win Equal Positions

    Through the years, I've heard quite a few players claim that having an equal position against a stronger player is pure torture. Even though you might be playing for a win, once a desirable result is close at hand, it becomes tempting to overestim... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #59: A Knight Can Stop a Pawn

    Professor: Hello, class. The class offered a measured blah response. Rachel then spoke up. Rachel: What’s planned for today, Professor? Professor: I thought I’d throw it open to the class. Lucian: How about showing what three m... | Read More


    • Looking to Improve

      I learned the rules of chess as a kid and played club chess a bit as a kid but that has been about the extent of my abilities but I have always wanted to improve. It is a daunting challenge when you just look at it. I always tended to play very co... | Read More

    • MY TEAM MATCH RULES

        MY TEAM MATCH RULES   I lead five small groups and organize many team matches. In order in future to ensure a smooth running I put my personal team match rules.   Rule 1 I don't accept team match challenges, because the most groups put... | Read More

      • Sarah_Gee
      • | Sep 29, 2014
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    • Orang-Colorado Gambit

      ORANG-COLORADO GAMBIT 1.b4 e5 2.f4 INDEX 1. Introduction 2. Game with analysis 3. Complete text of the analysis of the game 4. Conclusion 5. Other blogs of mine on this opening   1. Introduction First a small introduction of the... | Read More

    • Game Challenges & Vacations.

         I recently received a game challenge from a member and as I usually do, I checked out his form and recent games. He has one game in progress but, has taken time out and is on vacation, after his opponent has made the first and only move of th... | Read More

    • A10 - English Opening

        The English Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. c4A flank opening, it is the fourth most popular[1][2] and, according to various databases, anywhere from one of the two most successful[1] to the fourth most succ... | Read More

      • kleelof
      • | Sep 25, 2014
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Video Lessons



  • National Chess Day

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    National Chess Day Former President Gerald Ford proclaimed and designated National Chess day in October 09, 1976. But before it happened there was a series of requests from other groups concerned including the Regional Vice-president of United St... Read More »

  • Mating Net

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    This article is in relation to Mating Patterns Parts 1 and 2. If you didn't read those yet, please do so before reading this. When you are attacking your opponent's king, the normal reaction is to check as much as possible. It gives you a feeling... Read More »

  • Alekhine, Alexander

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    Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946) was the winner of the first Soviet Chess Championship (1920) and the only man to die while holding the world chess championship.  He learned chess from his older brother Alexei (1888-1939).  He studied law at the S... Read More »

  • Basman, Michael

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    Michael Basman, born March 16, 1946, is an International Master (1980) from England who specializes in irregular openings.  He tied for 1st place in the 1973 British Championship, but lost the playoff to Bill Hartston.  He organizes the ... Read More »

  • Skipworth, Arthur Bolland

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    Arthur Bolland Skipworth was born in 1830 and became a reverend.  He was secretary of the British Counties’ Chess Assocation and editor of the Chess Players’ Chronicle.  In September 1865, he won the first British Counties&rs... Read More »