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  • The Most Remarkable Match

         "This match is, in respect of its vicissitude, perhaps the most      remarkable in the annals of chess."       - from I. O. Howard Taylor's obituary of John Jacob Löwenthal        in "American Chess Journal" of Sept. 187... | Read More

  • How To Ignore A Threat And Win

    In The Complete Book of Chess Strategy, IM Jeremy Silman defines prophylaxis as "a move or strategy that stops the opponent from undertaking some type of action or plan." Coined by Aron Nimzowitsch in his seminal work My System (1... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Speed Chess -- The Bad

    Topic for June: the endgame (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column.) The Bad Things About Speed Chess? (For answers to all other speed chess questions received, please read my replies in the for... | Read More

  • The Evans Gambit: Modern Play

    Last week, we looked at the origins of the exciting Evans Gambit. Today, let's find out how the opening has journeyed through history to modern day.  While in keeping with his style, Wilhelm Steinitz's torturous defensive method against t... | Read More

  • 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


    • DAYTON CHESS FESTIVAL July 27th-August 2nd

      Your Chess Summer Ends with a Bang! www.DaytonChessFestival.com www.OhioChessAcademy.com is a proud sponsor of a new chess event! This event will make for a great learning experience for up & coming players as many strong players from the ... | Read More

      • Boorchess
      • | Jul 3, 2015
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    • After Long Absence

      In this blog I plan to record what it's like to come back to competitive chess after a long absence, so long that it sometimes feels like I've become a completely different person. When I was fifteen (in 1979) a girlfriend talked me into playing ... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | Jul 2, 2015
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    • Chess Informant 124 "AD PORTAS"

      Chess Informant 124 VENI VIDI VICI is "at the gate". Unveiled today, it brings amazing amount of first-rate material.  Morozevich on Taimanov Sicilian (see bellow) Harikrishna (winner of Edmonton International, see News section!) with the select... | Read More

      • GMTadic
      • | Jun 29, 2015
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    • An unusual mating attack.

      Hello Chess friends,                               I want to share with you an interesting mating attack which i succesfully played against the Strong Israeli Grandmaster Emil Sutovsky.The game was played in the 2nd r... | Read More

    • How to Defend Against Verbal Bullying

      in the name of God Bullies come in different kinds. The verbal bully uses words as weapons against you. The direct verbal bully says insulting things to your face. The indirect verbal bully says insulting things about you within your hearing or b... | Read More

      • mmmmmmmkh
      • | Jun 18, 2015
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  • Groningen 1946

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    First international chess tournament after World War II.  Botvinnik won, receiving 1,500 Dutch guilders and a silver cigarette box from the Queen.  A tablecloth was given to the best non-prizewinner.  A picture of the Martini Tower ... Read More »