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  • Vasily Smyslov And The Closed Sicilian

    Although Vasily Smyslov was only the world champion for one year, he is nevertheless remembered as among the greatest players ever, and his matches with Mikhail Botvinnik dominated chess in the 1950s. All in all, they played three matches, with ... | Read More

  • University's College-like Chess Courses University's courses offer a college-like chess learning experience. Unlike in University seminars, only 10% to 15% of instruction in courses is delivered live. Previously taught courses are available in the independent-study f... | Read More

  • Ask a Chess Openings Expert!

    Dear Ask-a-Chess-Openings-Expert, My husband and I were planning on taking a trip next month to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary, but my mother refuses to watch the kids ever since Timmy put her cat in the refrigerator.  Bill, my husban... | Read More

  • "100 Soviet Chess Miniatures" by P.H. Clarke

    This week I will be covering a very interesting old book called 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures. The games were selected and annotated by P.H. Clarke. This book is particularly unique because the games are entirely by unknown players, and the games ar... | Read More

  • Chess in Alaska

    A funny thing happened on the way back to Serbia this year. I flew in to Budapest because tickets there were cheaper than to Belgrade. After spending a night there, I got on the train south and east to Novi Sad. I went into a cabin which had two o... | Read More

    • 2015 Robert P. Smith Memorial, Round 4!!

      This was the fourth evening game, G/120 as usual, at the Pittsburgh Chess Club, and I had White against one of the other three experts tied for first at 2.5/3. I played the Closed Sicilian and got a kingside pawn storm rolling, but miscalculated ... | Read More

    • 2015 PCC Gateway Open

      Unfortunately, the highlight of the tournament was my loss to a 1721-rated youngster. This marks my second major (300+ USCF difference) upset in two tournaments (the first being the PA Championship), giving the appearance of a new unsettling trend... | Read More

    • A Call from Home – Games from the MLWGS Green Dragons

      Check out the original post here! As some of you may know, I take a lot of pride in what my high school chess team was able to achieve in the three years I served as team captain and coach, which is why I’m extremely happy to have the opportuni... | Read More

    • First Game Analysis!

      Check out the original post here. Hi everyone! This is my first Free Game Analysis post on, and I’m really excited to get this section of my blog underway. For those of you who don’t know, if you would like to have your games ... | Read More

    • Bobby Fischer Memorial, Round 5: The dagger on d6

      For me this was the last game of the tournament (I took a bye in Round 6), and I'm very proud of how I played it. My opponent played the Nimzowitsch Defense, an opening I'd never faced in a tournament before, but I managed to grab space, gain easy... | Read More

  • Sicilian Defence

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      The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed.Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking cont... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence,Accelerated Dragon

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    Many people suffers against maroczy bind setup against accelerated dragon which arises after the following move orders.In this type of setup white normally deided to play with strong centre and its very good setup for white againt accelerated dra... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

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    The Dragon Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of variations. Black plays 5...g6 with the purpose of fianchettoeing his bishop with ...Bg7. The preparatory move 2...d6 makes sure that the bishop will have an open long diagonal on g7.... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »

  • Dunst Opening

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    The Dunst Opening is a chess opening where White opens with the move: 1. Nc3This fairly uncommon opening may have more names than any other: it is also called the Heinrichsen Opening, Baltic Opening, van Geet's Opening, Sleipnir Opening,... Read More »