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  • Reaping The Whirlwind!

    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

  • A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend!

    Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master. A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More

  • Review: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5

    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

  • The Greenwich Village Gambit

     Manhattan, early '60s --  a place and a time.       One of the few sources of insight into this particular chess scene comes to us through the pages of the March-April, 1964 issue of Frank Brady's marvelous, though short-lived, magazine... | Read More

  • The Knockout Blow

    At one time or another, all of us have experienced the agonizing pain of drawing or losing a completely winning position. One move — one millisecond of imprecise thinking — can nullify hours of hard work and inspired play. ... | Read More

    • How to Run A "Kindle Fire HD 7" Device!

      It's so ironic that I have a Kindle Fire and a new Acer laptop that I dislike. For Christmas  of my sons gave me a new "FIRE HD 7 KINDLE" with  "The unoficial Kindle Fire Book" on how to run it book. I guess I will not have and excuse not know... | Read More

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    • On Old Dogs Learning New Tricks:

        What does chess improvement , neuroscience, Rolf Wetzell, and Cornell Note taking methods having in common?  For some reason I’ve been putting these concepts in my blender-brain ( or should  that be “blunderprone blender brain”) and tr... | Read More

    • Dmitry Tymchuk: Military updates, 12/26 (17th “Day of Silence”)

      Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front) 12.26.2014Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine Operational data from Info... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | Dec 26, 2014
    • Improving tactical skills – my approach

      My tactical skills are pretty okay, relatively. But how to work on further improvement ? … I’ll tell you the secret ingredient Since quite a few months I eat my breakfast and then do this daily tactic puzzle first :   http://www.chessvid... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Dec 24, 2014
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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 »