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  • The Greatest Combinations You've Never Seen

    In this day and age, nary a chess player is unfamiliar with the most famous tactical games of all time: Morphy-Count Isouard, Anderssen-Kieseritzky (The Immortal Game), Anderssen-Dufresne (The Evergreen Game), Glucksberg-Najdorf (The Polish Immort... | Read More

  • Don't Get Brainwashed!

    I bet you've all heard an old joke where a man returns from a business trip one day earlier than planned and catches his wife with another man. She denies that anything is going on between her and that man trusts her, even though the obvious evide... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4a

    Is the Sicilian Wing Gambit and the French Defense a version of the Benko Gambit!? mcelsouza asked: I used to play the Wing Gambit against the Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3. I must say I played it due to my laziness (avoiding the Sicilian t... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2

    In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends concerning the length of time they prepared/analyzed/pondered ... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jul 11, 2014

    In his fun and instructive book Grandmaster Secrets: Openings (recommended for those 1700+), GM Andy Soltis discusses in some detail why it is not necessary good, and often misguided, that average tournament and club players feel it necessary to... | Read More

    • Ernest Kim

      One or two databases contain a draw between Alexander Kotov and Ernest Kim. It was supposedly played in Tashkent in 1953, even though that is the approximate year of Kim’s birth. A final mystery for now is that the FIDE website has a ‘profile... | Read More

    • How to improve your online chess

      How to improve your correspondence (online) Chess game. 1.    Look up the opening positions in an opening manual or database.  (yes this is legal and ethical as long as you are using books or static lookups in a database.) Don’t use a ches... | Read More

    • AYR showcase

      I have analysed a game I recently played in a maroczy bind that was full of tactics. My opponent entered one of my prepared lines after following some database moves, and played very well, resulting in an exciting draw. | Read More

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    • My Brilliancy Prize win from 1990 US Amateur Team Championship West

      Back in February 1990, I briefly had a 2300+ rating and was drafted into a team with a high average rating, 2195 for the US Amateur Team Championship West.. We also had a gimmick to try for the best promotional prize, we would dress up as the Fo... | Read More

      • aww-rats
      • | Oct 10, 2014
    • Telford A v Priorslee lions A

      Having personally been forced to miss the league opener against Shrewsbury A I was pleased that the team had got the league off to a good start having bagged the spoils. In what I can by all reports gather was a tight afffiar.   Priorslee Lion... | 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 »

  • 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. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... 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 »