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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #74: The Last Class

    Professor: Hello, class. They all greeted the professor as if saying goodbye. Professor: Don't look so glum. Rachel: Isn't this the last class? Zephyr: All good things come to an end. Lucian: Do they have to? Wei: Yes, but each ending ... | Read More

  • Serendipity Leads to Fischer and Beyond

          I had stumbled across the archived "New York Times" obituary notice for Edmar Mednis (February 22, 2002, by Dylan Loeb McClain).  The obit, of course, reviews his life, but pivots on the point that, although Mednis (pictured left in 19... | 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

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 13

    These games might or might not be masterpieces; the criterion for this series is that they taught me an extremely important lesson(s) that made me well rounded and much stronger. I’m hoping that these games will teach you the same lessons, t... | Read More

    • Move by Move Chess Improvement: Fischer's idea

      I would like to thank hugo459440 for submitting this game for analysis. To get your own game analyzed, join Move by Move Chess Improvement Now to stop and find a strong idea for White: Were you able to find the idea? This is an idea from Bob... | Read More

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    • In Conversation with International Master Cyrus Lakdawala!

      (This interview was initially published in December 2014 on our blog; view it here!) Ranked in the top 100, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala is one of the strongest players in the USA. He is an active tournament player, a dedicated teacher a... | Read More

    • Holiday Chess Informant puzzle!

      Holiday Chess Informant puzzle! Beware, it's extremely difficult.Which Chess Informant volume is Bobby Fischer reading and which particular game is he analyzing??? Photograph is taken in Reykjavik 1972, by Harry Benson.The first correct answer... | Read More

    • Being your own chesscoach - a break through

      Years ago I knew a few young talented chess players. With one of them I was friends. We would analyze games together, play blitz and talk about chess. I noticed that all of these young players got professional chess training. Years later one of th... | Read More

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      • | Dec 24, 2014
    • WAS CHESS...

      WAS CHESS INVENTED... a few minutes ago · Quote · Edit · Delete · #1 ZeeghamShaarih Was Chess Invented in Ireland or China or India or…? November 5, 2012 Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval , trackback       Th... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Sicilian Defence

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    The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking contro... Read More »

  • Chess960

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    Chess960 (Fischer random) is a chess variant created by Bobby Fischer where the pieces on the back rank are randomized, there are 960 possible starting possitions, hence the name Chess960 As you can see the pawns a still on rank 2/7 but the piece... Read More »

  • Benko, Pal

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    Pal Benko was in Amiens, France on Jul 15, 1928 but grew up in Budapest, Hungary. Benko learned chess from his father in 1938, at the age of 10.  His first book was a collection of Capablanca’s chess games. In June 1945, in his first chess to... Read More »

  • Evans, Larry

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    Larry Melvyn Evans (March 22, 1932 – November 15, 2010) was an  was an American Chess Grandmaster, author and journalist. He won or shared the U.S. Open Chess Championship five times and the U.S. Open Chess Championship four times.  He won or ... Read More »

  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... Read More »