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  • Can You Find These Classic Combinations?

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny b... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Think When Playing A Grandmaster

    [UPDATE: You can play GM Anish Giri and support the Nepal earthquake recovery effort. Details here.] My first game of online chess was against a grandmaster. Decades ago, I had signed up for a now-defunct website, and logged in to play for my ... | Read More

  • Women In Chess: Be Aggressive

    The recent Women's World Championship was a fascinating event. You could find everything we love about chess competitions: neat combinations, unpredictable results (will we ever forget Natalia Pogonina's amazing comebacks in almost every single ma... | Read More

  • Cross-Pins

         Cross-pins or double pins are names for a rare and particularly interesting tactic.  Under certain conditions it can also be called the St. Andrew's Cross, counter-pins and combination pins.      A cross-pin can be absolute, r... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Speed Chess -- The Good

    Topic for May/June: The Endgame (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other departments.) The Good and the Bad of Sp... | Read More

    • Grand Prix Attack

      GRAND PRIX ATTACK 1.e4 c5 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 The Grand Prix Attack (B21) is an ... | Read More

    • Games With Reality

      In my city, summer is already knocking at the door, and active days full of worries and affairs are coming. In such period of time like this, sometimes we want to get away from reality for a while and recharge ourselves by the things not only moti... | Read More

    • Men vs. Women - Who Plays Better?

      It’s been a looooong time since our last blog but the long-planned article is finally there. And as it seems just on time as it coincides with the verbal exchange between Nigel Short and some female chess players. Purely coincidence. So here co... | Read More

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      • arash9566
      • | May 4, 2015
    • Groundhog Day - The Pawn Rules the World

      It is amazing how often certain themes crop up over and over. My goal is to continue my prior discussions on the Nimzo Indian, especially this game, but also this one and to show you that although the games are never the same, the ideas are often... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | May 3, 2015