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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

  • 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

  • How To Play A Brilliancy

    Every serious chess player dreams of creating his own Mona Lisa — a game so beautiful and memorable that he will look back on it for the rest of his career.  Unfortunately, many players tend to equate the word brilliancy with fou... | Read More

  • Play Chess Online With Your Pets

    April Fools! Are you tired of the same old game of fetch? Running low on filthy, chewed-up tennis balls? Wouldn’t it be nice to play something a bit more intellectually challenging with your pets? Thanks to groundbreaking new technolog... | Read More

  • Chess-Playing Machines

         Dr. Richard Eales' great book "Chess: the History of a Game" in part traces the popularity of mostly modern chess through time.  I was chagrined, however, by its minor mention of the Turk in this regard.  Obviously I consider the explo... | Read More

    • To Hydrolock, or not?

      Not being a scientist myself don't act so surprised I reached out to some area gardening experts (who shall remain anonymous so I don't end up with dirt in my eye) to seek casual input and to see if anyone's had any experience with these type prod... | Read More

      • tianfloc
      • | Apr 23, 2015
    • Analyzing My Favorite Game So Far, I Played

      Reviewing the games of the Grandmasters and our own games is  very helpful to improve our play. Last night, I played Live  Standard Game on my tablet. At this moment, I limit myself in playing chess, but I am still eager to get ideas and concept... | Read More

      • dtres
      • | Apr 19, 2015
    • Merry-Go-Rounds and Sacrificial Queens

      Well friends, vacation time is over and it is back to work for me! It has been a while since I posted game commentary and much of that had to do with prepping for my vacation time as well as covering some extensive and stressful last-minute famil... | Read More

    • Kronos Reigns Supreme

      Yeah sure, Zeus "defeated Kronos", but really what happened? The Titan lord could've destroyed them and imprisoned them in Tartarus, by stopping time, so they couldn't defend themselves. Maybe, just maybe, he had a little mercy. Na,... | Read More

      • Ampgbach
      • | Apr 16, 2015
    • An Intro to FM Kostya's Blog

      I've been thinking about starting a consistent blog here on, but I'm not sure what I should write about..there's a lot about chess that can be explored! I have no concrete reason or incentive, I simply enjoy the process of writing and f... | Read More

      • hellokostya
      • | Apr 14, 2015

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 »