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  • 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

  • Knowing When to Pull the Trigger

    David Wagle writes- “This year I returned to the game (after a 10 year hiatus) and competition I love, with the hope of at least not embarrassing myself. And while I’ve played a few games where I did just that, this isn&rsquo... | Read More

  • The “Wide Battle” in Attack and Defense

    In today’s article I am going to discuss a specific structure which gives a type of position with a complex interplay of attack and defense on opposite sides of the board. This type of structure does not have a specific name, although I am s... | Read More


    • Carlsen´s games in Tromsø Chess Olympiad

      Chess Olympiads have never been Carlsen´s favourite tournaments. In the Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012 he played well, scored 4 wins and 4 draws for Norway. In khanty Mansysk 2010 he lost 3(!!) games and 15.3 elo points. That said, this year his... | Read More

    • OUCSC - Week 1 Match report

      The first round of the OUCSC has produced a lot of hard-fought games and here we are going to have a look at most of them. The results of the games can be found here:  http://tournamentscheduler.net/schedule/MTI4NDE3NjI4Ng.   The first game play... | Read More

    • Grand Prix Attack

      Filling in the gaps... As a tournament player who specialises in playing 1.f4, I have come to the concIusion that using Bird's Opening for every single game with the White pieces is a somewhat limited and short-sighted point of view. There's muc... | Read More

      • D_Breeze
      • | May 21, 2014
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    • Winning, drawing, losing, Oh! winning again.

      A game in four parts. Part 1: I establish a crushing advantage. Part 2: I blunder badly and let white back in the game. Part 3: my stupidity only increases, giving white a real advantage. Part 4: white miscalculates and I trade down to a won endga... | Read More

      • john4000
      • | May 8, 2014
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    • Annotated Games From my 19th Tournament (Portland Chess Club G/45)

      This past weekend, I played in the Game 45 at Portland Chess Club.  I had to make sure to play efficiently to make sure not to fall behind on the clock. The tournament went mediocrely, and I accepted a draw from a lower rated opponent in a winnin... | Read More




  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • Fred defense

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    Hello. I'm caveatcanis and this message was written by AwesomeXue. There was some sort of message error though.  You'll see this message has zero views but several comments which is pretty hard to do.  Maybe some psychics left messages with th... Read More »

  • Sicilian Najdorf

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    The Najdorf Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of openings and is the sharpest and most analysed opening of chess. 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 follows. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking cont... Read More »

  • Aagaard, Jacob

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    Jacob Aagaard Madsen, born July 31, 1973, is a Grandmaster (2005) originally from Denmark, but now living in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is usually referred to simply as Jacob Aagaard. He finished 2nd in the 111th Scottish Championship in 2004.  He... Read More »