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  • Veselin Topalov And The Najdorf Sicilian

    San Luis, Argentina, 2005: A double-round-robin tournament was held to determine the FIDE world champion. In those days the world championship was still split after Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short left FIDE for their 1993 match. The chess world l... | Read More

  • Botvinnik And The Winawer

    After World War Two, the chess world (and the world in general) was abruptly changed. It is very clear that a demarcation line can be placed at 1945 between the old classical chess and modern chess. There were many changes in the chess world aro... | Read More

  • Reader Questions: French Defense And A 2000 Rating Goal

    I’m still going through some (sadly) neglected games, comments, and lectures. This time I’ll look at a game of one of the site’s best chess historians, Spektrowski, and I’ll also answer a question or two. The most p... | Read More

  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part II

        The Traxler Counter Attack         With best play, does Black have a chance with 1.e4  e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 ?      In Part I we examined White's response 5. d4      White's two most common responses however ... | Read More

  • Spicy Gambits Video Series

    Gambits are an important part of chess. Although most of them come from White’s initiative, there are also many sound counter gambits for Black that have developed over time. Understanding how to play with and against gambits is important fo... | Read More

    • Put to the Test: Akobian’s French

      Check out the original post here! Last Saturday, Nicholas N. asked “Is there a chance you have a game with the French Defense winning?” Unfortunately, I’m not a French player, and because I haven’t played 1 e4 since I was in elementary s... | Read More

    • A System against the Dragon Variation

      Okeydonkey. My next few blog posts are all going to be about openings. Logozar requested the Dragon variation. Logozar requested the French Defense. Chicken_Monster requested that I explain the Slav. Chicken_Monster requested some info about t... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Nov 9, 2015
    • Tal-Botvinnik 1960

      My very good friend lent me this book yesterday and I was so excited to read it. First of all a new book is like Christmas to me, so when I woke up at 4:30 this morning it was the first thing on my mind to look at. It is very well written, and no... | Read More

      • Karowyn
      • | Oct 29, 2015
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    • Learning to defend against the French part 3

      What is the purpose of the French Defense?  It's basically a counter attack in the center, and if the advanced variation is played, the game is spent attacking the pawn chain.  In my previous blogs I mentioned that in the variation where white m... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Oct 24, 2015
    • Learning to defend against the French part 2

      This is the second of my installment blog of learning how to play against the French.  In my first game I included a game with a lot of inaccuracy's that costed me the game.  My moves in that game where not in harmony with one another, and due t... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Oct 24, 2015

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

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    King's Indian Defense belongs to the Indian Defense family of openings and is characterised by the early fianchetoeing of the black dark-squared bishop on g7. It is a sharp opening and it has always been a very popular choice for black ever ... Read More »

  • En passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may onl... Read More »

  • 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 cont... Read More »