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  • The Fighting Dragon Video Series

    If the Sicilian is the vehicle driving Black’s equalizing chances, the Dragon is its engine. For years, White has struggled to find a definite answer to counter the Sicilian. The Dragon variation, also known as the Draco Star, has only furth... | Read More

  • Walter Browne's 9 Best Games

    Last week, chess fans received the sad news that GM Walter Browne had died at 66. Browne was a legendary chess figure in the United States, a six-time national champion, and a fixture in the strongest chess tournaments for decades. FM Mike Kle... | Read More

  • Game Of Thrones Or Chess Puzzles?

    IM Daniel Rensch has tried live daily puzzle sessions before, racing against the clock to complete chess tactics before the timer expires. But even’s master tactics trainer hasn’t attempted anything like this. This Sunday... | Read More

  • Honest Abe

    Honest Abe - Chess Player      Although the documentation is rather sparce and anecdotal,  Abraham Lincoln was known to have been a chess player.  Below are a few of the instances where Chess crossed path with Mr. Lincoln. "The Eve... | Read More

  • The 5 Best Computer Chess Engines

    Computers are the future of chess. Almost everyone agrees on that. But the statement doesn’t go far enough. By and large, computers are also the present of chess. With the question of man vs. machine long-ago settled over the chessboard,... | Read More

    • If you're using to share 960 games, don't use Chrome

      I've been troubled by a bug in my blog entries and forum posts — when sharing 960 games, sometimes castling places the kings and rooks on the wrong squares. The bug isn't in's publishing tools, it's in Chrome's interaction w... | Read More

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    • Tribute to GM Walter Browne

      I just found out that Mr. Six Time has passed away just a couple of days ago, in Las Vegas. I am referring to Grand Master Walter Browne. Condolences to his family. Although I am not family or a close friend; and I did not know Mr. Browne outside ... | Read More

    • Ongoing harassment.

      So yesterday, I went to the post office to pick up something that I bought on the internet.  I turns out the tracking information said that my mail was "Delivered to Individual", but the mail had not been delivered.  I spoke with the mail carrie... | Read More

    • Children Of GOD

      Children Of GOD   “Glory to GOD In The Highest, And on earth peace among men with whom HE Is Pleased.” Luke 2:14.   To The Church Of GOD Which HE Purchased With HIS Own Blood; Can you stand in the place of such men as the Apostles John, ... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Fire of Squad

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    Fire of Squad, or the Two Rook Checkmate is a type of checkmate using two rooks, a queen and a rook or two queens. It consists in forcing the king to one border of the board and making a checkmate there. Read More »

  • Kempelen, Farkas

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    Farkas Kempelen (1734-1804) was the Inventor of the first automaton, The Chess Playing Turk, in 1769.  He built it for the sole purpose of entertaining and mystifying the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.  It was not a true mac... Read More »

  • Turk

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    Nickname of the first automaton.  Made by Wolfgang von Kempelen in 1789.  Operators included Allgaier in 1809, Weyle in 1818, Boncourt in 1818, William Lewis in 1818 to 1819, Mouret in 1820, and Schlumberger (1826 to 1838).  It was ... Read More »

  • Club, chess

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    The world's first chess club was organized in Italy in 1550. The first chess club in England was Slaughter's Coffee House, founded in London, England in 1715.  The oldest chess club in Europe is the Zurich Chess Club, founded in 1809... Read More »

  • Bosnia

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    In 1993, a person was shot and killed while playing a chess game in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the first to die from sniper fire while playing chess.   The first chess championship of Bosnia-Herzegovina was held in 1994, won by Rade Milovanovic... Read More »