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  • Notation

    "At the root of all advances in the science of chess-play lies the necessity of discovering an intelligible system of notation, by means of which the squares of the board may be easily defined and the moves of the pieces recorded."  — H.J.R. M... | Read More

  • Buckle

    If Buckle had entered the Tournament list [in 1851], and been pitted against Staunton, I think he would have proved victor, as the fine edge of Staunton's play was then taken off, a fact amply demonstrated in his matches with Anderssen and Willia... | Read More

  • Almost a Champion

         To the chess-players of England the 18th century was just a fading memory.  Philidor had died and Verdoni, a man with a forgotten first name, took up his reins as professional at Parsloe's in London until he himself died in 1804.  At th... | Read More

  • 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

  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part II

        The Traxler Counter Attack         With best play, does Black have a chance with 1.e4  e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 ?      In Part I we examined White's response 5. d4      White's two most common responses however ... | Read More

    • Great result at the Malta Chess Open!

      Hi chess friends! In this post I will talk about my wonderful experience at the Malta Chess Open 2015, in which I was 3rd of 205 players! The tournament was played between 15-21 November, in Sliema. Round 1 [draw] 16 118 Reinhardt,Joachim 1808... | Read More

    • Finito!

      Whatever capture black makes, it is mate next move! Knight takes interferes with the Queen's line of defence and the resultant mate on c7 elicited an expletive from my Italian opponent M...! | Read More

    • Checkmates of the day 24

      Top junior player Ian Nepomniachtchi played Italian grandmaster Fabiano Caruana in the Blitz World Championship in 2010. Black to move and checkmates in 1: American grandmaster Gata Kamsky beat top armenian player Levon Aronian in Mainz in 201... | Read More

    • Need help preparing

      Hello all, I am going to a tournament TOMORROW and I need help preparing. I play the Italian Game as White ant the Sicilian (against e4) or Nf6 (against d4) as black. | Read More

    • Sicillian defence vs Italian game

      Sicillian defence vs Italian game what will win? Note: I used chess365 opening explorer for some of the moves This was not a real game and usually black just plays e6 blocking the fried liver so usually the sicillian wins and according to chess... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Giuoco Piano

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    First known chess opening, according to the Gottingen manuscript (1490).  The opening is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5, and was given its name by Lolli.  The opening name is derived from Italian, meaning quiet game, in contrast to gambit openings.... Read More »

  • Italian Game

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    'Italian game' refers to any game that follows after the sequence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4. This includes both the Two Knights Defense (3. ...Nf6) and the Giuoco Piano (3. ...Bc4). 'Italian Game' is more accurate than Giuoco Piano, since this lite... Read More »

  • Word Gambit

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    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... Read More »

  • Bird, Henry Edward

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    Henry Edward Bird (1830-1908) was an accountant and strong amateur player from England.   In 1851, at the age of 21, he was invited to the first international chess tournament, held in London.  In round 1, he was knocked out by Bernhard Horwitz... Read More »

  • Zukertort, Johannes

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    Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888) was a chess master, physician, pianist, magazine editor, music critic, linguist, swordsman and marksman.  He was fluent in   English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Sa... Read More »