A new calendar year, for many people, means a chance for a new beginning.
January is a month to consider new possibilities, to improve yourself, and to make a fresh plan for the upcoming year.
In many ways, a new year is like a chessboard in t... | Read More
Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.
Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More
When I was still playing in tournaments I answered 1.e4 with various Sicilian lines (Richter-Rauzer, Accelerated Dragon, Paulsen and Taimanov systems, etc.) and the Caro-Kann.
I always loved the Caro-Kann, and at the end of my career it became m... | Read More
The Open Sicilian can be broken down into four basic systems.
In one, the Dragon, the black bishop is fianchettoed on g7.
In the Scheveningen, it is developed on e7 while Black adopts a "little center" of pawns on d6 and e6.
In a third, t... | Read More
With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come.
I now begin a new column co... | Read More