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  • Enlightened Chess

    The Introduction:      The second half of the 18th century into the early 19th century was marked with cultural changes previously equaled perhaps only by the Renaissance.  There were great and important political revolutions, such as those... | Read More

  • The Illegal Move That Wrecked A Chess Career

    The summer of 1992 was the most memorable time of my chess career. Our team just took silver medal at the 30th Chess Olympiad in Manila and I felt like I was on the top of the world. That Olympiad deserves a separate article, since I am absolutely... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen's Best Endgame Wins

    Last week, we dissected Magnus Carlsen's positional mastery by examining two of his finest strategic victories. However, modern chess demands universality, and it is impossible to become world champion and attain the highest rating in history thro... | Read More

  • How To Play The Najdorf Against The Adams Attack

    In Playing Against The Najdorf: The Adams Attack, we saw how an obscure small move (6.h3) was developed as an answer to another small move (5...a6 -- the Najdorf), which had, paradoxically, become the most popular opening in chess. The so-called... | Read More

    • Increasing Opponents Scope

      Okay, I am going to start blogging more.  First I would have a greater benefit if my analysis was comprehensive from beginning to the end; and I may attempt that later, but more now here are 4 points that jump on one position in the game. . Next,... | Read More

      • Romans920
      • | Mar 2, 2015
    • Blackmar-Diemer Gambit [5]

      BLACKMAR-DIEMER GAMBIT [5] Ziegler Defence 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 (exf3 5.Nxf3 c6)   INDEX 1. Introduction 2. Game with analysis 3. Complete text of the analysis of the game 4. Conclusion 5. Other blogs of mine on this open... | Read More

    • Going for broke

      In this game white is a piece down and goes for broke sacrificing two more pieces in an attempted mating attack - the concept alas was flawed. A good illustration nonetheless as to why - in so many Karpov games - one sees the prophylactic Kh1 or K... | Read More

    • If I only had a brain .... I'm not afraid of anything ... except a light-ed match!

      "Hooray! - we're off to see a Wizard!" Lyrics   (Scarecrow)I could wile away the hoursConferrin' with the flowersConsultin' with the rainAnd my head I'd be scratchin'While my thoughts were busy hatchin'If I only had a brainI'd unravel any ri... | Read More

      • Henrymy
      • | Mar 2, 2015
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    • The Evaluation of Material Imbalances

      Every novice soon learns a table of [DH: "average"] material value for the pieces, the most popular being 1-3-3-5-9, but with a bit more experience he learns that this table is not always reliable. There are two reasons for this: one is that an ... | Read More

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