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  • The World Champions' Favorite Sacrifice

    There is a positional sacrifice that is quite popular in the games of top players, particularly world champions. It works like this: you have your rook on an open file and you have an outpost there. (I hope most of our readers remember that an o... | Read More

  • What If Death Match 31 Were Competitive Eating?

    What if Chess.com added a food consumption element to its Death Matches? On which meal would GMs Sam Shankland and Georg Meier prefer to gorge? For this and other pressing and non-pressing questions, we caught up with the players. You can read b... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, February 2015

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes All Over Europe “I write the introduction to this Bulletin from Zurich, where the annual super tournament is under way. Befor... | Read More

  • The Scandinavian Defense: A History

    The time has come to look at the history of perhaps the first chess opening: the Scandinavian Defense.  Also known as the Center-Counter, the Scandinavian Defense can be viewed as the most direct and forcing counter to 1.e4. The intrep... | Read More

  • Do You Need To Study Junk Openings?

    Some chess players love to play offbeat openings. I knew one class-A player who was a die-hard devotee of the Vulture Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 Ne4?!). He was showing me a book (why do they kill trees to publish such books?) that explaine... | Read More


    • Walter Browne, R.I.P.

      I was shocked when I heard that Walter Browne had died in his sleep in Las Vegas at age 66.   I first met Walter Browne in 1969 at the American Open in Santa Monica.  We were good friends and played tennis together.  Many of the major tourname... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Jun 27, 2015
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    • THE FIRST FINNISH CHESS CHAMPION

      The Finnish GM Eero Böök (1910–1990) was also a talented chess writer, who wrote several chess books. His book called Shakkipakinoita (Chess stories; published 1967) contains a chapter Ensimmäinen suomalainen shakkimestari (The first Finnish ... | Read More

      • HansAnders
      • | Jun 22, 2015
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    • A good analysis acronym to improve one's chess.

      Browsing through some chess books recently I came across a very useful chess Acronym  STOPS. from Elements of Chess Strategy By Alexei Kosikov    1. Self control  2. Tactics  3. Objective analysis  4. Prophylaxis- ie, what are your... | Read More

    • A Road Map to Higher Ratings

          Hello Chess Fans, Throughout history we've been fascinated by children who can beat experienced adult chess players and even Masters: Paul Morphy, Jose Capablanca and Samuel Reshevsky are in that category before the time when volumes o... | Read More

    • My Chess Books Vol - 15: The Art of Positional Play by Samuel Reshevsky

      Found this book at a used book sale. It cost me $2.00, but it was a coffee well spent. Each chapter begins with a brief but to the point description of what is going to be covered. This book also, as the title suggests, is focused on positiona... | Read More

      • Avro1000
      • | Jun 13, 2015
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  • Abrahams, Gerald

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    Gerald Abrahams (1907-1980) was British lawyer (barrister), chess master and chess author.   His eight chess books include Teach Yourself Chess (1948), The Chess Mind (1952), Handbook of Chess (1960), Technique in Chess (1961), Test Your Chess... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • Hazeltine, Miron James

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    Miron James Hazeltine (1824-1907) was a newspaper chess columnist (New York Clipper) for more than 50 years (from August 1856 to January 1907) who did not miss a single weekly issue until shortly before his death in February 1907.  He was born at... Read More »

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • Impossible!

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    This "Impossible" Checkmate contradicts what many, many chess books say: "You can only checkmate with two knights if you are in the corner and your opponent blunders." It is possible.     You can do it on the side of the board; however, yo... Read More »