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  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game member Nietsoj wrote: “I read your recent post where you answered a question about aiming for a 2000 rating. Just as so many other amateur players, I have the same goal, and I am wondering what a realistic training program would look ... | Read More

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: 'Totally Unreal' Endgame

    Last week, we examined the depths of my chess ineptitude for the first 21 moves of a recent blitz game played on the live server. Join me, grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili, and the fictional voice of Stockfish 6 as we now analyz... | Read More

  • You Won't Believe These Miracles On The Chessboard

    At its heart, chess is a logical game. Every move — no matter how outwardly mysterious — can be explained and rationalized. To be sure, an idea can (and often should) violate general principles, but it still must satisfy the ... | Read More

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: Ridiculous Endgame

    Last week, we presented the first part of my intermediate-level blitz chess game, annotated by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili and checked by Stockfish 6, in an effort to learn from my predictably subpar play. Now, let’s proudly conclude th... | Read More

  • Reader Questions: Agenda, Study, And Analysis

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the, “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on I try to give a heady mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of ... | Read More

    • #31 1992 NC Scholastic Championships

      << #30 Phi Kappa Blanca XL -- #32 >>  Tournament #31 : 1992 NC Scholastic Championships, 3/7/92 Charlotte, NC TD:  Robert Singletary Section:  Open (College) Time Control:  ??? <Crosstable>   March '92 ended up being a ver... | Read More

      • dl_leonine
      • | Oct 3, 2015
    • John Purdy Memorial - Round 6

      This blog follows my quest for an official FIDE rating. After two successive losses at the John Purdy Memorial I manage to break the drought in round 6 with a satisfying win over my 1563 rated opponent. I say satisfying because the engine I use i... | Read More

      • taffy76
      • | Sep 20, 2015
    • A Symetrical English: Wins for Black

      Think I just had one of my better, as of late, games played.  Although the game analysis didn't think so.  I didn't post what it said but did try analize it myself.  Please feel free to pick this apart as you see fit.  Thanks. I've... | Read More

      • Bumper72
      • | Sep 12, 2015
    • Where did I go wrong?

      Clueless!   I think the most bewlidering experience in Chess is not knowing where you went wrong. This is what I've encountered in the following game where I was White and lost.   Admittedly I played a weak move 28. f4, not seeing my opponent's ... | Read More

    • Missed tactics? Missed pawns! Game Analysis 10-minute blitz

      After a lot of messing around in bullet, which I'm really bad at, time to play a more serious 10 minute blitz game. Here it is versus @stephanvong. I'm roughly a 1400 player so here we can learn what sort of thinking and mistakes a 1400 player wil... | Read More

      • kevintam
      • | Sep 10, 2015
      • | 1 comment

Video Lessons

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Abonyi, Istvan

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    Istvan Abonyi (1886-1942) was a Hungarian master.  He was born and died in Budapest.  In 1912, he played the Abonyi Gambit (1.Nf3 d5 2.e4) for the first time. In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit (1.a3 Nf6 2.b3 e5) against  the Dutch surge... Read More »

  • The Lolli Positon: K and Q vs K and R

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    Giambattista Lolli (1698 in Nonantola, Italy – 4 June 1769) was an Italian chess player. Lolli was one of the most important chess theoreticians of his time.  He was one of the Modenese Masters. He is most famous for his book Osserva... Read More »

  • Abbazia Defense

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    A King's Gambit Accepted variation (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d5) (ECO classification - C36).  The name comes from a tournament, Abbazia 1912, in which all the games had to be a King's Gambit Accepted.  The event was won by Rudolf Spielmann,  Ab... Read More »