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  • The Tactical Side of Petrosian You Didn't Know About!

    The ninth world champion, Tigran Petrosian (1929-1984), is frequently perceived as the patriarch of defense and positional play. There is a tendency to believe that most of his games feature protracted, yawn-inducing stages of maneuvering in which... | Read More

  • Can a GM and Rybka beat Stockfish?

    About two months ago, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well... | Read More

  • Tal's Sacrifices Explained

    "When I asked Fischer why he had not played a certain move in our game, he replied: 'Well, you laughed when I wrote it down.'" -Mikhail Tal (1936-1992)  Neither Mikhail Tal's life, nor his personality, nor his playing style, nor his ailments can... | Read More

  • Desperado Defense

    "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before," quipped American actress Mae West in 1936. So it is with defending bad positions in chess. One cannot deny that in the majority of cases, the best way to test your opponent's techniq... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 4, 2014

    "What's the going rate for selling 100 rating points?" Let's start with "It's illegal and I wouldn't do it, and neither should you or anyone else!" Now that we got that out of the way, I can then state "Interesting question! I've never had that ... | Read More


    • Chess engines: how to use them properly?

      Nowadays, most chess players learn and practice chess by using COMPUTERS. There are many chess programs like ChessBase, Fritz, etc., and they have a lot of chess ‘engines’ installed (Rybka, Houdini and so on). Of course, engines are very s... | Read More

    • An Interview with Dr. Ken Regan, IM and Anti-Cheating Expert

      Dr. and IM Ken Regan was kind enough to sit down with me over the summer for an interview. We discussed his research and perspectives as they relate to topics such as computers, cheating, and performance in chess. Unfortunately, due to a hectic mo... | Read More

    • Vitaly Ceshkovsky memorial in Sochi or how I checked the venue for Magnus Carlsen

      Vitaly Ceshkovsky was many time USSR champion and also a chess coach. His students were Kramnik and Macieja among others. The tournament was held in Loo village 15 miles from Sochi. Sochi as we know is the venue for upcoming Anand Carlsen match. ... | Read More

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    • The tale of two blunders in one move

      Can a chess player set himself up to lose in more than one way in one move? Of course he can! No problem at all. It was the last round of the Västerås Open 2014 (Sweden). Things hadn’t gone very smoothly up till now. The result off the rapid ... | Read More

    • Board 2, Hinckley v Wigston 4, 02/10/14

      New league time limits this season - no interim time control; all moves in 80 minutes. According to Houdini, my opponent has an edge in the final position.  Neither of us could see a win from his attack, and thought my Queen-side pressure wou... | Read More


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  • Ajeeb

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    The name of the chess automaton built by Charles Alfred Hopper, a Bristol cabinet-maker, in 1865.  Several chess and checker masters (such as Albert Hodges, Ferdinand Burille, and Harry Pillsbury) operated the life-size Indian figure.  O... Read More »