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  • The Northern Gambit

    The Northern Gambit   The moves of the  Danish or Northern Gambit are 1. e4 e5  2. d4 exd4 3. c3 -   after which Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3 or decline it in a variety of ways. The Danish or Northern Gambit      As t... | Read More

  • Let's Get Physickal

         There were a few 19th century London chess players who, although they weren't quite on par with the best, were by no means second-rate players  and made names for themselves both locally and abroad.      One such player was the pr... | Read More

  • Mikhail Tal's Chess Boomerang

    The game we are going to analyze today is quite typical for the style of Mikhail Tal. It features sacrifices, crazy attack and a lot of fun! Also, as it happened to many Tal's sacrifices, it was proven incorrect.  Of course it took "only" a... | Read More

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History

    For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More

  • The Lion of Chess

           A long, long time ago. . . in September of 1706 in Amsterdam to be exact, a man named Mr. Caze dated his manuscript on chess, "Instruction pour ce livre d'échecs : contenant les diverses manieres de jouer le gambit," in a letter of ... | Read More


    • A good trap for 1.e4 blitz players to know about

      A few years ago, I would say about 10 or so, when I still played 1.e4 and blitz with regularity (I seem to be playing 1.b3 and correspondence theme tournaments most of my time), I noticed that everyone approached my play with the white pieces prac... | Read More

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      • | Mar 23, 2015
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    • Playing Against the Pirc Defense

      Hello Chess Fans,  Today I'm continuing with White's defenses against Black's response to 1.e4 and The Pirc Defense is played by both Masters and correspondence players alike. It's a hypermodern defense that allows White to gain an early control... | Read More

    • Fawning Over the Chess.com iOS App

      Several months ago I wrote an article where I examined some of the best that iOS has to offer in the way of chess apps. One of those was the official app for Chess.com, where I spend much of my time reading and learning as much as I can about... | Read More

    • Yuri Averbakh: How I fell out with Korchnoi and Karpov

      An interesting insight as to why Korchnoi was disliked by Soviet authorities and chess society in 1970s. He didn't exactly make many friends. How I fell out with Korchnoi and Karpov In 1973, there were two Interzonals in Leningrad and Petropolis... | Read More

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      • | Mar 14, 2015
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    • Playing Against the Scandinavian Defense - Part 3

                 The Scandinavian Defense is a surprise opening not often played against an 1.e4 opening in Master play but not unusual in correspondence chess.    Especially when an opponent wants to throw their opponent off. In Part 3 w... | Read More




  • Abramov, Lev

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    Lev Abramov, born in 1911, was a Russian chess master.  He was awarded the International Arbiter title in 1957.   He was awarded the title of International Master of Correspondence Chess in 1979.  In 1971, he wrote Chess Move by Move.  He is ... Read More »

  • 1930 in chess

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    On January 4, 1930, the 10th Christmas Congress ended.  The Premier Section was won by Jose Capablanca (6.5), followed by Vidmar (5.5), and Yates (5).  The Premier Reserves section was won by George Koltanowski and Tylor. From January 16 to Feb... Read More »

  • Abonyi, Istvan

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    Istvan Abonyi (1886-1942) was a Hungarian master.  He was born and died in Budapest.  In 1912, he played the Abonyi Gambit (1.Nf3 d5 2.e4) for the first time. In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit (1.a3 Nf6 2.b3 e5) against  the Dutch surge... Read More »

  • Purdy, Cecil

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    Cecil Purdy (1906-1979) was a Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess (1953) and winner of the first world correspondence chess championship (1950-1953). In 1923, at the age of 17, he won the New Zealand Championship.  In 1929 he founded the Australa... Read More »

  • Foygel, Igor

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    Igor Foygel was born in Kiev in 1947.  He represented the republic of Ukraine in national youth chess competitions.  He became a master in 1974 and later became an International Master of Correspondence Chess.  He immigrated to the United State... Read More »