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  • Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

    [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More

  • Inexperienced Player Mistakes

    The World Youth Championship that took place in Greece last month was a great showcase of the best young chess players from all around the world. It also demonstrated the typical mistakes many young players make. While today we are going to... | Read More

  • Your Holiday Chess Buying Guide

    Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits, including better memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and more. (10 Big Benefits of P... | Read More

  • The Tale Of Two Emory Tates

    In last week's article we paid tribute to a creative chess player and a nice person, IM Emory Tate. As a man who played Emory many times, I can tell you that a game with him was always just like our life according to Forrest Gump. Remember his f... | Read More

  • The Man That Walked By Himself

    The recent departure of IM Emory Tate is a severe blow to American chess. While we have many chess players who are stronger than him and a huge number of chess players who are weaker than him, we'll never have another Emory Tate. In this article... | Read More

    • How to Generate a PGN File Containing Game Annotations Within

      One of the keys to chess improvement is the habit to analyse your own games (see image, published by Chessbase). Those who do this will sometimes want to share their work with others, or just save it for future reference. The most universal file f... | Read More

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      • | Nov 17, 2015
    • Oswestry A V Priorslee Lions

      Well I missed the debacle against Shrewsbury A when the team lost 3.5-1.5 2 players blundering rooks and turning what should have been a won match into a defeat, but alas I was back for the match if not in the mood to play. Oswestry had a weakish ... | Read More

    • IM Yaacov Norowitz Teaches Harmony in Chess (Part 2)

      Hello, This is IM Yaacov Norowitz with the second installment of Harmony in Chess. If you haven't seen the first edition yet, just click here.  As you may know, I have a unique approach to chess, which I use in my own games as well as to teach... | Read More

      • Yaacovn
      • | Nov 16, 2015
    • How Not to Play the Caro-Kann

      So, I was randomly perusing my database and stumbled on a shocking Grandmaster game that ended in checkmate after only five moves. The grandmaster was the Hungarian Richard Rapport who is, as of this writing ranked 46th in the world (active pla... | Read More

    • Analysing My Own Games: Minority Attack

      One well played correspondence game exceeds a thousand mindless blitz games. I was very happy with my play in Round 9 of the 22nd Thematic Caro Kann tournament. This win with Black moves me to 7.0/9.0.   I was able to implement an instructive M... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • List of chess software

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    Chess software[edit] 1K ZX Chess Battle Chess Chess (Northwestern University) Chess (application) Chess Assistant Chess Crusade Chess Informant Expert Chess Mates Chess Titans Chess Tiger ChessBase ChessGenius ChessV Chessmaster CilkChess Colossu... 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 »

  • 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 »