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  • The Scandinavian Defense: Modern Play

    In part 1 of "The Scandinavian Defense: A History," we learned about the earliest beginnings of the Scandinavian Defense, and also saw some games with the slightly less usual 2...Nf6 in response to 2.exd5. Now we will see how the Scandinavi... | Read More

  • Levitsky

         Meisterdrittel.      It's a curious fact that the informal title of "Master" ("Mаэстро"), the equivalent of today's International Grandmaster that was used in Russia during the late 19th-early twenieth century, was based upon ... | Read More

  • The Modern Defense: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.  Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #74: The Last Class

    Professor: Hello, class. They all greeted the professor as if saying goodbye. Professor: Don't look so glum. Rachel: Isn't this the last class? Zephyr: All good things come to an end. Lucian: Do they have to? Wei: Yes, but each ending is a t... | Read More

  • The Dominican Order

          In his 1968 book called "The Poor Knight" ("Рыцарь бедный"). Vasily Panov described 23 year old Mikhail Tschigorin walking down Nevsky Prospect, a busy thoroughfare in St. Petersburg, with his friend Fedor discussing chess,... | Read More

    • Playing Against the Latvian Gambit

      As we continue to review common responses by black to 1.e4 we find another "Surprise Opening"  that's seen more often in correspondence chess than in Master play - The Latvian Gambit - characterised by the moves 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5. It resembles ... | Read More

    • The Philador Defense - Playing 1.E4 - E5 2.Nf3 Opening Variations

      The Philador Defense is second in the series of variations for the common 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 opening that we'll be reviewing in-depth.  It is known as a solid but passive choice for Black and is seldom seen in top-level play today. In the 1700s a f... | Read More


        Mızraklı ilmihal olarak da bilinen Miftah’ül-Cenne [1] kitabına göre bir tür farzı ayın olan amel-i farz, mükellef olan her Müslümanın bizzat kendisinin yapması gereken ibadetleri kapsar. Yine bir tür farzı ayın olan ilm-i fa... | Read More

      • | Feb 5, 2015
    • MOBY CHESS Keliautojams

      Labas Rytas . Šiandien mūsų taikinyje- Viena- Austrijos sostinė (kas nežinot). Aišku- žinot, bet gal pasakysiu naujieną ,kad Viena išugdė daug nuostabių Meistrų. Karlas Šlechteris , Rudolfas Špylmanas- visiems laikams įėjo į šac... | Read More

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      • | Jan 23, 2015
    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 3

      Part 2 here After I got back to Moscow from Karlsbad, one Moscow chess player came to me and told me that he saw a future chess world champion in one teenager. I've always been wary of promising "wonderkids", thinking that it was impossible to tr... | Read More