"Every time the Berlin endgame shows up on the board," GM Vladimir Kramnik remarked a few weeks ago, "everyone starts to cry quietly, [because] such positions are boring. However, games are often full of exciting play, although there are... | Read More
Shortly after the end of World War II, Alexander Alekhine died, allegedly by choking, in a mostly empty hotel on the windswept coast of Portugal.
He left the world championship crown vacant, for the first time since Steinitz became the first wor... | Read More
Serious opening preparation is a must for all chess professionals. At times, the preparation is mundane:
NORMAL OPENING PREPARATION
1) You decide to play a new opening that had attracted you for years, or you saw something new and exc... | Read More
There are certain rare actions in chess that elicit an almost emotional response - windmills, smothered mates, advantageous underpromotions and what I want to include here: Checkmate by Castling.
This type of mate is so ra... | Read More
International Chess Master John Bartholomew is a 26 year-old chess professional from Eagan, Minnesota. He has more than 11 years of chess teaching experience with players of all ages and skill levels. John has run successful chess clubs and p... | Read More