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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #49 - Happy Independence Day!

    Professor: Happy Independence Day, Class! Lucian: You mean happy July Fourth, don’t you? Zephyr: They’re the same day. Thomas: That’s the way the Founding Fathers planned it. Zephyr: Maybe the Founding Mothers had the sam... | Read More

  • Insane, Surprising, or Beautiful Finishes, Part 3

    My last article didn’t have any chess puzzles, which I know readers enjoy. To make up for that, we’ll have a simple article this week composed entirely of puzzles. And, as I did in Part 2 of this series, all examples will be ... | Read More

  • Not "White to play and win"? Worthless?!

    Occasionally I hear some intermediate level players protest that any problem that does not follow the normal "needs" of a chess game can't be helpful to your game. These "normal" concerns would include: White (Black) to play and win (if you are n... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jul 5, 2013

    My Top Tips for Chess Improvement included hanging out with strong players and reviewing your games with them, ala The Improvement Feedback Loop, consistently trying your best on every move (since it only takes one bad move to lose a game), and u... | Read More

  • Fatigue Wins

    Getting home after Saturday's games, I ate dinner and started preparing for Yankovsky. I had a general profile of him already, but I needed to play through a bunch of his games to ascertain what variations he played against my defenses to e4 (c5, ... | Read More

    • Chess puzzle #19: big mistake

      See the diagram. White is winning. In the diagram position he could play for instance 1. b6 or 1. Ka4 and he is doing fine. Instead he played 1. Qc3?? Why is this a blunder? Answer... Go to previous chess puzzles... | Read More

    • How to Solve Chess Puzzles #18

      I share my thoughts while trying to solve 3 chess puzzles. | Read More

    • Chess Puzzles #17

      This is a collection of 5 chess puzzles from Tactics Trainer. Can you go 5/5 by finding the correct solutions to all of them? | Read More

    • 30 Day Spartan Tactic Challenge

      Prologue: The Spartan City State (Sparta) produced what is probably the most iconic military in ancient history. The ancient Spartan warriors were known for their bravery, professionalism and tactical skills in and out of combat. At their zenith... | Read More

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    • How to Solve Chess Puzzles #17

       I share my thoughts while trying to solve 3 chess puzzles via Tactics Trainer. | Read More

  • iPhone App - Available Now! has finally released it’s iPhone app! Featuring player vs. player games, play vs. computer, and chess training tools, this free app will allow more than 1 million members access to free online play, and will allow all use... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »

  • Puzzles

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    some good puzzles   oh and for the one above there are other variations some including interesting mates Read More »

  • Polgar, Susan

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    Susan Polgar, born Zsuzsanna Polgar in Budapest, Hungary, was the oldest of three sisters, Judit and Sophia Polgar. She discovered the game purely by accident when she was not quite four years old. She had been rummaging around in a closet looking... Read More »

  • Loyd, Sam

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    Sam Loyd (1841-1911) was the most famous American chess composer.  He was 14 when his first chess problem was published by a New York newspaper.  As a 16 year old, he served with Paul Morphy as a contributor to Chess Monthly.  When ... Read More »