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  • Garry Kasparov And The Scotch Opening

    After Anatoly Karpov came Garry Kasparov, the 13th world champion. Kasparov took opening preparation to possibly the most extreme level of any champions before or since. His deep explorations, with the help of a team of grandmasters and -- a new p... | Read More

  • Anatoly Karpov And The Caro-Kann

    After his famous 1972 victory over Boris Spassky in the so-called "Match of the Century," Bobby Fischer stopped playing chess. He did not compete in any tournaments as the world champion. When Anatoly Karpov emerged as his challenger in 1975,... | Read More

  • More Secrets Of The Soviet Chess School

    In the first part of this article I demonstrated by my own example that the biggest secret of the Soviet school of chess was the utmost motivation of the Soviet players.  We simply had no right to do wrong since the consequence could be ... | Read More

  • The Last Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    This is my third and final Cracked Grandmaster Tales article. Click the links if you haven’t seen Cracked Grandmaster Tales and More Cracked Grandmaster Tales. We’ll start with Najdorf again since some people felt that he wouldn’t resort t... | Read More

  • The Biggest Secret Of The Soviet Chess School

    The famed Soviet school of chess has produced hundreds of grandmasters and dozens of world champions. Thousands of chess coaches teach their students using "the Soviet training method." But who can really describe what exactly was/is the So... | Read More

    • The Best Chess Books Ever Written

      I often receive questions from chess players of various levels on which are the best books to study chess. The theme is so important that led me to record an Online Lecture exclusively on the best chess books ever written.   At the time I wrote... | Read More

    • How Morphy Took Down the Isolated Queen Pawn

      It's interesting how few players seem to want to battle against the isolated queen pawn (aka the IQP or isolani). This statement is mostly based on anecdotal evidence: I've had at least a couple of students tell me that they just don't play agains... | Read More

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    • Karpov - A 'Very Strong Amateur'

      So I'm sure some of you have figured it out by now, but for those who haven't, NM Linlaoda and I do some training work together every once in a while.  I figure training with somebody of similar strength is often beneficial. Anyways, it came up ... | Read More

      • ih8sens
      • | Nov 16, 2015
    • Hola me llamo Robert James Fischer, más conocido como Bobby Fischer

      Bobby Fischer (Robert James Fischer; Chicago, 1943 - Reykjavík, 2008) Ajedrecista estadounidense que fue Campeón del Mundo de 1972 a 1975. A los seis años, Fischer ya sabía mover las piezas en el tablero. Al año siguiente ganó sin dificultad... | Read More

    • Spassky - Fischer: The Return Match

      The last chapter of the Krogius book, mostly consisting of quotes from other authors. The Spassky - Fischer series: Part 0: Excerpts from the chapter about Spassky's preparation. Part 1: Pre-match, Spassky waiting for Fischer in Reykjavik. Par... | Read More

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  • Campomanes, Florencio

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    Florencio Basa Campomanes, born Feb 22, 1927, was the first non-European elected FIDE President (1982-1995).  In 1956, he was the first National Master of the Philippines Chess Federation.  He won the Philippine championship in 1956 and 1960.  ... Read More »

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »

  • Prophylaxis

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    In chess, Prophylaxis means guarding or preventing a move before it is made. A prophylactic move usually haults the opponent from taking action in an area. One example of prophylaxis is, when the king is buried behind a wall of pawns, moving a paw... Read More »

  • Yusupov

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    Artur Mayakovich Yusupov (Jussupow in German) was born on February 13, 1960 in Moscow.  He learned the game of chess in 1966 at the age of 6 and trained at the Moscow Young Pioneers’ Palace. In 1977, at the age of 17, he won the World Ju... Read More »

  • Beliavsky, Alexander

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    Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky (Belyavsky) was born on Decmber 17, 1953 in Lviv, USSR.  After finishing school, he did not qualify for the University Law Faculty, but was accepted in the Sports College as chess was considered a sport in the USS... Read More »