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  • Beware Of Alekhine's Gun

    The 1930 San Remo International was a rather one-sided affair. World Champion Alexander Alekhine stormed through the field, winning 13 games and conceding only two draws. Yet this tournament is remembered not for Alekhine's magisterial performance... | Read More

  • How To Play The Mar del Plata

    Dear readers: I will be continuing to cover opening variations in my column, but a slight shift will be made. Rather than looking at the historical developments of whole openings, I will be covering specific lines -- and not as much from a histori... | Read More

  • Beat The Symmetry!

    Last week, we discussed that in good hands a symmetrical position can be a very dangerous weapon. But judging by my own experience, it is more common that chess players try to use symmetry to achieve a draw playing against stronger opponent or whe... | Read More

  • Nellie

    1892 "BCM"      In 1894 Nellie Love Marshall Showalter, the wife of then U.S. Chess Champion, Jackson Whipps Showalter, played Mrs. Harriet Worrell, the wife of the renowned chess player who had died in 1878, Thomas Herbert Worrall, also... | Read More

  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More

    • On Nigel Short's article and #sexisminchess

      After reading some comments on Nigel Short's article about difference between men and women, I realized I had surprisingly strong feelings about this issue. I, frankly, don't see Short's comments as sexist, but that's probably because of my diffe... | Read More

    • The Knight that Ruled the World - A Nimzo Move by Move

      My opponent opened with d4. I smiled to myself nervously. I’d been studying the Nimzo Indian and the Queen’s Indian. I can’t memorize for anything, so I’ve been reviewing the ideas behind many lines. Sometimes it is overwhelming. Why is a ... | Read More

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      • | Apr 26, 2015
    • Edinburgh Congress took place at St. Thomas of Aquin’s High School, April 17-19, 2015

      I played in the Edinburgh Congress Major section U1700/152. I scored 3.5 out of 5 with 2 wins and 2 draws. I hadn't played over the board in years so I wasn't too sure what standard I was at. Having played correspondence for the past year on ches... | Read More

    • Glasgow Polytechnic Quickplay April 2015

      I played at the Polytechnic Quickplay 16/04/2015 and scored an acceptable 3 wins and 2 defeats out of 5. Had a good game with Black against joint 3rd (IM) Fiona Steil-Antoniwho kindly stated at the end that she felt the rook endgame was drawn. I ... | Read More

    • A Mighty Fortress - Part 1

      In today's blog post, we will look at fortress positions. We will look at what they are and look at a couple examples. We will look at a position that I reached in a recent game and decide whether it is a fortress or not. Continue on to learn mor... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Apr 25, 2015

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 »

  • Hodges, Albert Beauregard

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    Albert Hodges (1861-1944) was a former U.S. Champion.  His first job was a hidden operator of Ajeeb, the chess automaton, at the Eden Musee in New York..  He played chess and checkers.  He won the US championship in 1894 after defeating Jackson... Read More »

  • Sarratt, Jacob Henry

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    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1821) was a chess player and author.   He was a London schoolmaster and the first professional to teach in England.  He was the house professional at the Salopian coffee house in London who played for a guinea per game... Read More »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Mathematics and chess

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    The number of possible chess positions after White’s first ply move is 20 (16 pawn moves and 4 knight moves).  There are 400 possible chess positions after two ply moves (first ply move for White followed by first ply move for Black).  Th... Read More »