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  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

  • The King Hunt, Revealed

    To me, the term king hunt invariably conjures up an image of a bygone era, when chess was played over coffee and cigars at the Café de la Régence. With defensive tenacity largely considered a hindrance to the game's beauty, spec... | Read More

  • The Northern Gambit

    The Northern Gambit   The moves of the  Danish or Northern Gambit are 1. e4 e5  2. d4 exd4 3. c3 -   after which Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3 or decline it in a variety of ways. The Danish or Northern Gambit      As t... | Read More

  • The Caro-Kann: Modern Times

    In part 1 of this series on the Caro-Kann, I discussed the earliest beginnings of the opening, the origin of the name, and its first adoption by top players. It is always fascinating to learn about the beginnings of these openings, which today see... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 2

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? For those that want the full introductory prose, please go to part one of this series. For the busy masses who have things to do and places to go, here’s a nutshell ex... | Read More


    • The windup toy

      There was an eerie sight when the windup toy decided to do whatever it wanted. It went for a jog. It wound its own windup knob and headed on out. It was comprised of an robot head with lacquer and blue eyes. It really wasn't afraid of much. When ... | Read More

    • GOOD OPENINGS AND BAD PENINGS FOR BOTH SIDES

      Chess Statistics: Top 10 Best Openings for White and Black     There are many games of chess being played each minute and even each second. There are players who play online blitz chess for fun and there are those who play standard 2 hour time... | Read More

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    • Gibraltar, Zurich, Jerusalem, Reykjavik

      A long period of traveling is behind me. I'm finally back home after attending the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, the Zurich Chess Classic, the European Championship in Jerusalem and the Reykjavik Open. Yes, in just two months I've crossed Eu... | Read More

    • 2015 Arkansas Open

      This past weekend I played in the Arkansas Open in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The location for the tournament was atop Mt. Sequoyah, basically a large hill located on the east side of town.  The venue for the tournament was changed a few weeks bef... | Read More

      • pawpatrol
      • | Mar 25, 2015
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    • Homework 25-Mar-2015

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  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... Read More »

  • Polgar, Susan

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    Susan Polgar, born Zsuzsanna Polgar in Budapest, Hungary, was the oldest of three sisters, Judit and Sophia Polgar. She discovered the game purely by accident when she was not quite four years old. She had been rummaging around in a closet looking... Read More »

  • Capablanca, Jose

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    Cuban-born, Jose Capablanca (1888-1942) was American-educated and sent to a private school (Woodycliff School of South Orange) in New Jersey when he was 16 in 1904.  He joined the Manhattan Chess Club at that time and impressed many of the pl... Read More »

  • Biyiasas, Peter

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    Peter Biyiasas, born Nov 19, 1950 in Greece, is a Canadian Grandmaster (1978) who later moved to the United States.  He has won the Canadian championship twice (1972, 1975).  In 1978 he won the World Open.  In 1981 Bobby Fischer sta... Read More »

  • Sultan Khan, Mir

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    Mir Sultan Khan (1905-1966) was the winner of the All-Indian championship and in five years he was the winner of the Championship of the British Empire three times and played on top board for England in three Olympiads.   He was born in ... Read More »