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  • The Anti-Sicilian Without A Name

    Among the less-trodden paths White can follow against the Sicilian Defense is the system with the seemingly paradoxical combination of Nc3 and Bb5. To my knowledge, this variation, unlike most of the other anti-Sicilians, has no name.... | Read More

  • The 7 Best Upcoming Chess.com Events

    Chess fans have a lot to look forward to at Chess.com. If you like big-time chess events, you're going to love this spring.  Yesterday, a charity fundraising simul hosted by world-number-nine GM Anish Giri online on Chess.com's ... | Read More

  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, March 2015

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Tournaments, tournaments... “The month of February used to have one big event: Linares. This year there were no less than fiv... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Of 2014

    As 2014 draws to a close, it’s a natural time to look back at the best chess of the year. The past year was a good one for fans of the world’s most popular board game. There was an exciting world championship match, several amaz... | Read More


    • KILLER ENDGAMES AND KILLER GRAND PRIX RELEASED, AND INSTRUCTIVE CHESS GAME!

      Some players may have lethargic thoughts about the endgame stage – that it’s the final stage of the game and that not much importance is to be given to it. Similarly, there are some players who give a lower priority to the opening stage as... | Read More

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    • Be Disciplined and List Candidate Moves

      Today I worked for an hour through Diagrams 746 to 761 from Blokh's Combinational Motives.   I write down all my analysis and compare against the solutions, revealing intructive tactical mistakes and patterns that I miss.   There were 4 posi... | Read More

    • World Chess Championship - A Knockout Format?

      I know that at the start, I meant for this to be a statistical based blog, but I wanted to share my opinions of a topic that has been the talk of the chess world in the last few days. GM Magnus Carlsen, the World No.1 and the current World Champi... | Read More

    • King's Indian g3 system

      King's Indian against g3 systems   Traditionally this opening has given me much trouble, as I can't play in a Kingside attacking manner as Black.   This blog is aimed to be an ongoing piece of work for me to gather thematic training question... | Read More

    • The ECO First 5 Volumes

      A White first moves other than 1.e4, 1.d4 (A00–A39) 1.d4 without 1...d5 or 1...Nf6: Atypical replies to 1.d4 (A40–A44) 1.d4 Nf6 without 2.c4: Atypical replies to 1...Nf6 (A45–A49) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 without 2...e6 or 2...g6: Atypical Indian syst... | Read More

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      • | Aug 5, 2015
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  • Duque, Ray III

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    Ray Duque III was born in the Philippines on October 16, 1944. He started playing chess in the early 1960s but stoped playing the game because he was a Bit Player Actor in those years in the Philippines and was dancing the Ballroom/Latin Dancing w... Read More »

  • Mason, James

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    James Mason (born Patrick Dwyer?) was born in Kilkenny, Ireland on November 19, 1849.  The family moved to New Orleans in 1861, then to New York.  At the age of 11, his name was changed to avoid prevalent anti-Irish prejudice in America.  In ... Read More »

  • Kramnik, Vladimir

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    Vladimir Kramnik, born June 25, 1975, is a Russian Grandmaster (1992) and world champion (2000-2007) who defeated Garry Kasparov in 2000 in the Brain Games World Championship in London.This was the 14th World Chess Championship.This was the first ... Read More »

  • Kaidanov, Gregory

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    Gregory Kaidanov, born Oct 11, 1959, is a Grandmaster (1988) who was Russian Boys under-14 champion in 1972.  He won the New York Open in 1990.  In 1992 he won the World Open, the US Open, the National Open, and the Novag Grand Prix.&nbs... Read More »

  • Greenblatt, Richard D.

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    Richard D. Greenblatt, born in 1945, is a computer programmer.  In late 1966, as an MIT undergraduate, he began to develop a computer chess program of his own.  He had been challenged by Hubert Dreyfus, who criticized the usefulness... Read More »