Professor: It's good to see you, class.
The kids didn't say much. A few of them even looked sad.
Professor: Why so pale and wan, if I may ask?
Rachel: Well, the semester's coming to an end.
Professor: That's true. But you've all learned... | Read More
The concept of overprotection, invented and verbalized by Nimzowitsch in My System, is defined by IM Jeremy Silman as "a strategically important pawn or square that is given more protection than it seemingly needs. Essentially a prophylactic ... | Read More
Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.
Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Read More
If you were to ask a hundred grandmasters to name the most difficult chess variation about which to write an opening book, my guess is that the 6 Bg5 Najdorf would be the frontrunner. It is perhaps the most analysed line in chess history, the pi&e... | Read More
Professor: Good afternoon, class. Are you ready for some chess?
Three quarters of the students expressed a certain readiness. One quarter didn't.
Rachel: I think all eight of us are ready, professor.
Zephyr: Eight? Are there really that many... | Read More