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  • Play Chess Online With Your Pets

    Are you tired of the same old game of fetch? Running low on filthy, chewed-up tennis balls? Wouldn’t it be nice to play something a bit more intellectually challenging with your pets? Thanks to groundbreaking new technology invented by C... | Read More

  • What’s The Best Place To Play Chess?

    There are a lot of options for the best place to play chess. Perhaps it’s in a large tournament, or even the world championship match, with millions of dollars on the line, and your opponent just blundered.  Maybe it’s ju... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

  • The Caro-Kann: Modern Times

    In part 1 of this series on the Caro-Kann, I discussed the earliest beginnings of the opening, the origin of the name, and its first adoption by top players. It is always fascinating to learn about the beginnings of these openings, which today see... | Read More

  • What If Death Match 31 Were Competitive Eating?

    What if added a food consumption element to its Death Matches? On which meal would GMs Sam Shankland and Georg Meier prefer to gorge? For this and other pressing and non-pressing questions, we caught up with the players. You can read b... | Read More

    • A very short introduction to the Wing's Gambit

      As this website is dedicated to unorthodox chess and offbeat openings, I’ve decided to start with a (very) short introduction to one of my favorite gambits after 1.e4, the Wing’s Gambit. It’s much less popular (and sound) than the Smith-Morr... | Read More

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    • Dealing With Time Management & Time Troubles - Part 1

      Hello Chess Fans, TICK...TOCK...TICK...TOCK...T I M chess is the elusive element that's equally as decisive in winning or losing a game as your openings, tactics and endgame strategies.  Yet, it's not often SERIOUSLY discussed in chess st... | Read More

    • Early developing Queen as typical mistake

      Hi, chess friends.   Many chess books writes, what early developing in opening hard pieces (Q, R) is mistake in openings or weak move (if opponent developing correctly).It is true. Especially typical mistake from beginners is early developing Q... | Read More

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    • My dad vs computer II

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    • URL for Open Encyclopedia of Chess Openings (OECO)

      The Open Encyclopedia of Chess Openings (OECO) wiki can be found at: The OECO wiki is an online repository for computer (and human) chess analysis. Each OECO page represents a unique chess position along ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Joshua Waitzkin

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    Joshua Waitzkin (born December 4, 1976) is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. He is the only person to have won th... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Curdo, John

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    John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times ... Read More »