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  • Shadow Pictures of the Vienna Players

         The Vienna Chess Tournament of 1898, one of many tournaments sponsored by Albert von Rothschild, ran from May 31 to July 25 and was played at the Vienna Chess Club.  It attracted many strong and now-famous masters. Tarrasch and Pillsb... | Read More

  • Why Do Grandmasters Blunder?

    Over the years I’ve noticed that whenever a grandmaster hangs his face, the masses of fake names go berserk and not only berate the unfortunate player but toss sick (and completely ignorant) accusations his way: “He lost on purpose! It’s a ... | Read More

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

  • Mementos of Morphy

    Paul Morphy circa 1858      I had come across this blurb in an 1886 edition of the "British Chess Magazine" under the sub-title, "Foreign News" :      The estate of the late Paul Morphy was sold by auction on July 24th, and among th... | Read More

  • Chess Lessons Exposed: A Tale Of 3 Offside Knights

    This series is about chess lessons and how a chess teacher tries to push key points home. If you are looking for a chess teacher, don’t grab anyone that comes along! Take your time, take a lesson or two from various teachers so y... | Read More

    • Trap It Then Win it

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome back to another session of tactical training.  Today we'll focus on sharpening your chess vision to recognize opportunities to Immobilize an Opponent's Piece (Trapping a Piece), thereby limiting its available square... | Read More

    • More cheaters caught!

      Woo hoo! Finally! With the help of friends (JamieDelarosa, 16_TheBestNumber_Pak, and most of all, PaulEChess, who found most of the proof), I have hit 3 cheaters with one stone! This is all the proof you need to see that they are cheaters : h... | Read More

    • No, no, no. No more queen sacs !

      Some weeks ago a chess friend wrote that I could manage to get a Master title if I would stop with those crazy queen sacs. The problem is that it is still too tempting to do them !!! Here's a new one. This time against a higher rated player who... | Read More

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    • To My Friends and Ninja Empire, I apologize

      Recently in a dispute with the SA's of Ninja Empire I shamelfully left their team and creatde a copycat. It has since been revoked and I have apologized. Please forgive me and dont ban or demote me from any more teams, I promise to never commit su... | Read More

    • Best Coach I found!

      Hello my friends I found out that this coach G_N_G teaches very nicely.I started only yesterday but now I have a lot of improvement.G_N_G's real name is GN Gopal with the Fide ating of 2562.His coaching is free.You also take coaching from him and ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Lasa, Tassilo von Heydebrand und der

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    Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa (von der Lasa) was born on October 17, 1818 in Berlin, Germany.  He studied law in Berlin and Bonn, Germany. In 1837, he was one of the seven co-founders of the Berlin Chess School (the Berlin Pleiades),... Read More »

  • Rubinstein, Akiba

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    Akiba Rubinstein (1882-1961) was a chess master who claimed he studied chess six hours a day, 300 days a year.  Another 60 days he spent playing in chess tournaments. The remaining five days he rested.   He never ate in public and w... Read More »

  • Nimzovich, Aron

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    Aron Nimzovich (1886-1935) was the founder of the hypermodern movement in chess and author of My System.  He would stand on his head during chess events and did exercises in the tournament room.  After losing a game against Saemisch in B... Read More »

  • Maurian, Charles Amedee

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    Charles Amedee Maurian was born on May 21, 1838.  He was the closest and life-long friend of Paul Morphy.  They attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama together where Morphy taught Maurian how to play chess in 1853-54.  In 1... Read More »

  • Maelzel, Johann

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    Johann Maelzel (1772-1838) was a mechanical engineer who bought the automaton called the Turk from Wolfgang von Kempelen's son.  He was the inventor of the metronome in 1816 and was a good friend of Beethoven.  Prince Eugene de Beauh... Read More »