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  • The King's Gambit: A History

    With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come. I now begin a new column co... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 2, 2014

    Bobby Fischer played 1st board for the US in four chess Olympiads, the final one being Siegen in 1970. In 1972, after beating Spassky, the first major event he skipped (and never played again!) was that summer's Olympiad in Skopje. Fischer also p... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #19 - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    “I’m glad to see you’re both here in class together,” ProfessorPando said to Zephyr and Lucian.  --- “Also, I want to tell you what I saw the other night at the chess club,” the Professor went on. “Although I don’t want to admit i... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Oct 11, 2013

    "Should I continue playing a weak opening if I know it well?" This is one of those questions that depends on more information, such as: "How weak is the opening?"  "Who considers it weak?"  "Who are you playing", etc. I gave the example of the ... | Read More

  • "200 Open Games" by David Bronstein

    This week I will be reviewing a unique book - 200 Open Games, by the former "Vice-World Champion", David Bronstein. Rather than fully annotated games, this book presents 200 short vignettes, each followed by an un-annotated game, with one diagram.... | Read More


    • Gambits you might want to try, Part 1

      1. e4 1.1 King's gambit ECO: C30–C39 Parent: Open Game Material offered: 1 pawn White offers a pawn to divert the Black e-pawn so as to build a strong centre with d2–d4. Theory has shown that in order for Black to maintain the gambit pa... | Read More

      • EvgeniyZh
      • | Nov 5, 2014
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    • Improvisation Is How I Play

      Most people who get seriously into chess spend a lot of time memorizing countless openings and positions. I used to be like that in high school, and I admit it's often necessary when trying break into the upper echelons, but these days I don't ha... | Read More

      • logosx1
      • | Oct 22, 2014
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    • Traxler Counterattack

      When playing the Black pieces, I usually like to force my opponent into the tactical battle of my choice as soon as possible. So after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, I mostly choose to play the Latvian Gambit (2. ..f5)  (See for example this blog) or the Elephan... | Read More

      • Ultraman81
      • | Sep 24, 2014
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    • Understand Chess Openings, Fried Liver Attack

      Hello friends, opponents, and viewers to another blog on the series "Understand Chess Openings" This time we'll be going over one of my favorite openings that comes from the Italian game and two knights defense.  If you get into the mindset of ... | Read More

    • Understand Chess Openings, Italian Game

      Welcome friends, opponents, and viewers to another blog on the series "Understand Chess Openings" Today we will be going over the extensive opening called: The Italian Game.   Let's go over some popular variations and lines that you may see wh... | Read More

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »