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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #73: Three vs. Two

    Professor: It's good to see you, class.  The kids didn't say much. A few of them even looked sad.  Professor: Why so pale and wan, if I may ask? Rachel: Well, the semester's coming to an end.  Professor: That's true. But you've all learned... | 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

  • The Master’s Bulletin, December 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Carlsen-Anand “This Bulletin focuses on the World Championship — especially the featured article and the opening articl... | Read More

  • 1 Billion Games Served

    How many games have been played on OK, so maybe Dr. Evil asked for 100 billion, but we're getting there. A billion is a big number. If one game started every second, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly 32 years to get to a billio... | 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

    • 12 Games of Christmas - #5

      Sorry if some people find this one boring. I promise to make up for it in the next few games.   | Read More

    • How to beat experts

      So it will probably be misleading if I don't talk about beating experts in different time controls so first of all the key to beating an expert are TACTICS! You probably have heard about them a lot but one can never study enough tactics. I know of... | Read More

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      • | Dec 21, 2014
    • 20 Year Anniversary

      In early August 1994 I walked into the Chicago Chess Club at 1149 W. Lunt Avenue in Chicago. The club resided on the first floor of an old greystone apartment building just a few hundred feet from Lake Michigan's shores, in a quiet neighborhood ... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Dec 21, 2014
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    • Aberystwyth University Chess Club Blog

      Aberystwyth University Chess Club Blog. We meet 12-6 every Wednesday at the Arts Centre Bar in Aberystwyth University. Everyone of all abilities is welcome.  This blog will be used to update on events and games. | Read More

    • Checkmates of the day - 12.20.2014 - day 10

      World Champion Anand checkmated Alexander Morozevich in Moscow in 2007 in the Blitz World Championship: White to move and checkmates in 1 Our 2nd example was played by World Champion Magnus Carlsen against "Fire on the Board" Alexei Shirov in ... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... Read More »

  • Horwitz, Bernard

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    Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885) was a German-born card player(specialized in miniatures) and chess study composer.    In 1845, he settled in England and began teaching chess.  In 1846, he lost as match with Howard Staunton, losing 14 games, winni... Read More »

  • Quadrupled Pawns

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    Yes it is possible. In fact, quadrupled pawns have appeared in many games, such as this one: Alekhine went on to win. In many games quad pawns can mean a win since many would be very advanced and have promotion threats. Usually the side with them... Read More »

  • Endgames

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    Endgames are the last stage of the game.In end games you have very less pieces Read More »

  • Purdy, Cecil

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    Cecil Purdy (1906-1979) was a Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess (1953) and winner of the first world correspondence chess championship (1950-1953). In 1923, at the age of 17, he won the New Zealand Championship.  In 1929 he founded the Australa... Read More »