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  • Stop Making The Same Mistakes Over And Over

    In the movie Groundhog Day (1993), Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman who inexplicably starts repeating February 2 every day in the groundhog-crazed town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Connors spends an unknown amount of time stuck i... | Read More

  • Sicilian Endgames: Three Pawns for the Piece

    In various lines of the Sicilian, Black plays ...a6 and ...b5, which sometimes gives White the chance to sacrifice a minor piece on b5. The knight that ends up on b5 subsequently captures on d6, the queens are traded, and a typical endgame arises.... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #35 - The Good Knight

    Professor: Good day, class. Would you rather be a knight? Or would you rather be a bishop? Zephyr: That’s quite a “hello,” Professor. Lucian: I’m fine. How are you? Professor: I’m doing OK. Forgive me for getting right into matt... | Read More

  • Mysterious GM Moves

    When you hear the word "brilliancy," what comes to mind? A dazzling combination with multiple sacrifices? A captivating tactical melee in which both players display their calculational expertise? Without a doubt, brilliancy has a tactical connotat... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #10 - E for Excellent

    “You’re doing very well,” Professor Pando said to Lucian. “Come grading time, I may even give you an E for excellent!” --- “But first you must “play detective.” Consider the following position, with the pieces outlining a capit... | Read More

    • Nothing is so healthy as a thrashing at the proper time

      I've been on a roll lately, winning some games in good style, and winning many others with luck and tenacity. Even with the losses through inattention, I was nearing my "best" standard and 960 ratings at FICS, but I knew a speed bump was coming. T... | Read More

    • Another example of why 960 is for thinking chessplayers

      When I login to FICS, I make my seek "Fischer Random, time control 15 minutes plus 10 second increment", and wait. Somedays I don't play at all, because time controls slower than "lightning" or "bullet" aren't popular, and players don't like Fisch... | Read More

    • A game on Chess24

      I became aware of the Chess24 site during the last world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswnathan Anand.  During the match live commentary on chess24 by Peter Svidler was hands down the best I've ever seen. I play on way too many... | Read More

    • Black Listing Players

      Hi all, thanks for stoping by. Just want to bring to your attention the amount of cheating going on this server. Cheats get caught on a regular basis and once they get caught, they make new accounts repeating the whole cycle again.  I'm here to ... | Read More

    • Vladimir Kramnik: From Steinitz to Kasparov

      A 2005 interview of Vladimir Kramnik where he discusses all previous chess world champions of the time. The Russian original is here: FROM STEINITZ TO KASPAROV I got to know the legacy of chess classics rel... | Read More


  • Bughouse chess

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    Bughouse (also reffered as tagteam and siamese chess) is played with two teams of two, using two sets. Each player on the team plays a different color than their partner.  It begans as normal blitz chess, but every piece a player captures, he... Read More »