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  • Who Will Beat Magnus Carlsen?

    If you follow my weekly column, then you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Magnus Carlsen.  I like his chess style, his general attitude to play till the very end and his notorious disregard of the opening theory. I grew up at the ... | Read More

  • The Man with 1000 Names

    Q: What do Leigh Franklin James, Paul Hugo, Paula Little, Paula Minton, Sylvia Sharon, Kenneth Harding, Marie De Jourlet, Lana Preston, Paul H. Little, Jack Warren. D.R. Mason, Hugo Paul, Jack Warren, Dr. Lamb Library, Dr. Guenter Klow, Dorothy D... | Read More

  • The Weird And Wonderful Empty Square Sacrifice

    I will not hide the fact that I love to hear the spectators react after a sacrifice of a piece or pawn. I dont think that there is anything bad in such a feeling; no artist or musician is indifferent to the reactions of the public.  -- Mikh... | Read More

  • The Modern Immortal By Wei Yi

    On March 1, 2013, at the age of 13 years and 8 months, Chinese super-talent Wei Yi earned his final grandmaster norm at the Reykjavik Open. I was deeply impressed by his games from the event, especially by his 33-move victory against Maxime Vachie... | Read More

  • 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

    • An immortal sacrifice game

      I do a lot of sacrifices on a daily basis, but for some reason this game's sacrifices amazed me more, perhaps with its spontaneity and effortlessnes and even lack of planning and preparation (except playing King's gambit of course which is of itse... | Read More

    • My Immortal Game

      This is the greatest game of chess I've ever played, and I couldn't resist posting it. | Read More

    • Luke 24:44-47 And The Preaching Of JESUS CHRIST.

      Luke 24:44-47 And The Preaching Of JESUS CHRIST   Now HE Said To them, “These Are MY Words Which I Spoke To you while I was still with you, that all the things which are Written about ME In The Law of Moses And the Prophets And the Psalms mus... | Read More

    • A magic knight adventure

      Finally an unusual game again. In this game just played I had a knight which was, to my surprise, kind of immortal and also finished the game. | Read More

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    • Kasparov's Immortal rap song

      Featuring the famous Kasparov - Topalov (1999) Wijk aan Zee tournament game in a rap song! This game is known as Kasparov's "Immortal" game of chess. The rap song by Ben Rothschild features 44 moves, 12 alternative variations, and four instruments... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Zugzwang

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    Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung", Zugzwang is a German word meaning "obligation to move".  The term is used for a position in which whoever has the move would obtain a worse result than if it were the opponent’s turn to play. A player is said to b... Read More »

  • 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 »