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  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More

  • How To Play A Brilliancy

    Every serious chess player dreams of creating his own Mona Lisa — a game so beautiful and memorable that he will look back on it for the rest of his career.  Unfortunately, many players tend to equate the word brilliancy with fou... | Read More

  • What’s The Best Place To Play Chess?

    There are a lot of options for the best place to play chess. Perhaps it’s in a large tournament, or even the world championship match, with millions of dollars on the line, and your opponent just blundered.  Maybe it’s ju... | Read More

  • Today's Guest

         Below is an article published in several periodicals in late 1900. It appeared just shortly after the death of Wilhelm Steinitz and offers some astute appraisals of the chess players who contributed to the development of chess in the 2nd ... | Read More

  • 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


    • My Instructive Failures #1: Karpov Counters b5 (Queen's Gambit Declined)

      Learning the Exchange Queen's Gambit Declined was an Aha! moment for me. I first read about the opening in John Shaw's "Starting Out: The Queen's Gambit." In his introduction, Shaw bemoans White having to wonder which of all the different variatio... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Apr 18, 2015
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    • Gashimov Memorial 2015 - Round 2

      So drew his first game against Kramnik while Mamedyarov finds it difficult to play at home with Carlsen - perhaps he's too good a host? Analysis of the second round in Shamkir at http://www.alexcolovic.com/2015/04/gashimov-memorial-2015-round-2.... | Read More

    • Splitting First, Bird's Defense

      Went 3.5/4 last Sunday and took home a big cash prize. The games aren't spectacular, but the last two are at least interesting. In particular, I hadn't seen Bird's Defense to the Ruy Lopez before, so figuring out a way through that was a bit of a ... | Read More

      • Pligrim
      • | Apr 18, 2015
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    • Cars and chess

      Cars and chess players sometime don't make very good mates.  Here are a few items about cars, car accidents, and chess players.     In 1901, Johannes von Minckwitz (1843-1901) committed suicide by stepping in front of a street car near Biebr... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Apr 18, 2015
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    • Seventy-Seven Years and Counting

      Today is my 77th birthday and I thought I would share this day with my special people. Seven is a lucky number so a double seven should be twice as lucky. Remember this reference to luck, as we shall return to it! To serve as a brief summary, her... | Read More

      • Joseph2
      • | Apr 16, 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 »