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  • The Nimzowitsch Knight Dance

    Knights are tricky little pieces. Often seen dancing around the board like little mischievous imps, knights have the power to bewilder and confuse even the strongest of grandmasters. I want to take a deeper look at one particular knigh... | Read More

  • From Paul Morphy To Wei Yi

    The Chinese chess prodigy Wei Yi wins the hearts of fans with every new tournament he plays. It is not just his phenomenal results (with his current rating, he should be the highest-rated 16-year-old ever!), but also his sparkling style of play th... | Read More

  • The Man Who Saved Philidor

        "English chess owes more to the Rev. George Atwood than it does to any other person."    - Dale A. Brandreth, chess historian and collector extraordinaire      As most folks know, the custom of saving games didn't really begin in... | Read More

  • Can You Find These Classic Combinations?

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny b... | Read More

  • Die Immergrüne Partie

    Dr. Hermann von Gottschall      Dr. Hermann von Gottschall (1862-1933) was a reputable German chessplayer and problemist. He also edited the German periodical "Deutsche Schachzeitung" from 1892-96 (having co-edited with Curt von Bardeleb... | Read More

    • 2015 Western Invitational Chess Camp

      I'll admit that, when Robby asked me if I'd attend his camp this year, my initial state was one of confusion. Somehow flying (literally!) across the country for a jam-packed week of chess was a bit of an unusual proposition to me, but, of course, ... | Read More

    • {OTB Tournament game} Queen's Gambit Accepted

      My official immortal game. | Read More

    • David Navara vs. Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Biel 2015, 1-0

      The most daring King infiltration you'll ever see. Courageous GM David Navara declined threefold repetitions and put his WHITE KING on H8 If you had opened the game to watch live on the move 30, you would have thought that there is something wron... | Read More

      • Haggard-CC
      • | Jul 24, 2015
    • Rotlewi vs. Rubenstein Lodz 1907 1-0

      This series is all about classic master games, which I, a 2000 rated USCF player, will attempt to annotate. The game Rotlewi vs. Rubenstein is one of the most fantastic games of chess ever played. White played anti-positionally, and with stunning... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Jul 21, 2015
    • Procrastination and the Danzhou Super-GM

      This report was very much delayed...though that's not to say that I did not have other things to fill my time (which is part of the reason why I'm not reporting on some of the major tournaments happening around this time). It happened 2-11 July i... | Read More

      • smith8800
      • | Jul 16, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Williams, Elijah

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    Elijah Williams was an English chess master who came in 3rd at the London International in 1851.  In 1852 he published Horae Divanianae (Hours of the Divan), a book of 150 chess games played at Simpson’ Divan.  It included the &ldq... Read More »

  • Kieseritzky, Lionel

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    Lionel Adalvert Bagration Felix Kieseritzky (1806-1853) was a former mathematics teacher in Estonia who became a chess regular at the Cafe de la Regence in Paris and was of International Master strength.  He gave chess lessons at the Cafe for... Read More »

  • Falkbeer, Ernst

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    Ernst Falkbeer (1819-1885) was an Austrian player who contributed to the King’s Gambit (Falkbeer Counter Gambit - 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4).  In 1855 he gave the game between Anderssen and Kieseritzky played in 1851 its name of the Imm... Read More »