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  • Rooks on the Seventh, Revisited

    Despite his irritable personality and somewhat dogmatic assertions, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) is the undisputed patriarch of modern positional thought. In his magnum opus My System (1925), Nimzowitsch formulated and verbalized a litany o... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Aug 8, 2014

    "If you had to pick only one legacy to leave to the chess world, what would it be?" Well, I have long given up on any hopes of my campaign to de-emphasize the wonderfully accurate but humanly over-dependent rating system (see Encouraging Tourname... | Read More

  • The 10 Commandments of Chess You Need to Know

    According to the book of Exodus, the 10 Commandments were inscribed on two stone tablets and given to Moses on the top of Mt. Sinai -- literally, "from on high." The 10 commandments of chess, on the other hand, were written by the experts at Che... | Read More

  • How to Become a Tactical Wizard

    There is no need to explain the importance of tactics for a tournament player. I bet you've all heard the cliche "chess is 99% tactics," or an anecdote about a grandmaster who was a famous endgame specialist. (Was it Smyslov? I don't remember.) ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #53: In Passing

    Professor: Bonjour, class. Class: Bonjour, to you as well, Professor. Lucian: What’s with the French? Thomas: Were you trying to confuse us? Professor: No, not at all. Zephyr: Then why use French to say good afternoon? Ryan: Do... | Read More

    • Rook on the 7th EQUALS disaster

      Hello Guys!! Today I will inagurete the Checkmate!! blog with a game I played recently. In this , I found some salvation after a cramped opening.Enjoy!! | Read More

    • My victory against Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich

      This game consists of tactics and positional play. I won battle in center, on queenside and later on kingside. Opponent's king was almost checkmated by my small army.   It was friendly game in local chess club. I liked this game. And I decided... | Read More

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    • Carlsen v. Anand (part 2)

      CARLSEN: "You again?"ANAND: "Yes. I am a book of a thousand pages and you have seen but one."CARLSEN: "Well, those pages must all be blank."ANAND: "Funny.  I'll let you in on a secret: you're not Kasparov."    CARLSEN: "Stop your jaw flappin' ... | Read More

      • greenskull
      • | Aug 19, 2014
    • vacation abuse

      the vacation policy is poor to say thee least, i have a game that is one move from checkmate and the person about to lose goes on vacation and has 2 months time, he is a sore loser and wants to be vindictive. Why is this allowed? he can hold up th... | Read More

    • Chess in the Movies

      Aladdin (1992) Magic Carpet v. GenieMost likely to win: Magic CarpetIn this game, the carpet plays the brilliant move Qxe8, to the surprise of Genie.Many movies make mistakes as to Chess, this being one of them. 1) there is no White King, and 2)... | Read More

      • kiba13
      • | Aug 19, 2014

Video Lessons

  • 2 rooks checkmate

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    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Double Attacks

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    The double attack is a tactic. There are many different types of double attack. One of the types of double attacks is the fork. Another is the disovered attack.         One of the two variations of the discovered attack is the discov... Read More »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »