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  • The Illegal Move That Wrecked A Chess Career

    The summer of 1992 was the most memorable time of my chess career. Our team just took silver medal at the 30th Chess Olympiad in Manila and I felt like I was on the top of the world. That Olympiad deserves a separate article, since I am absolutely... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen's Best Positional Wins

    At the recently concluded Grenke Chess Classic in Baden-Baden, Magnus Carlsen defeated German grandmaster Arkady Naiditsch in a scintillating blitz playoff for first place. It was the latest success in a dazzling career, an encore to his resoundin... | Read More

  • The Mysterious Chess Doctor

    There are many famous personalities in the history of chess. People talk about them, write books about them and follow their games. But there is an even bigger number of unknown chess players who never achieved any great tournament results or disc... | Read More

  • 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

  • Find Your Own "Miracle" Opening!

    The year was 1985.  Garry Kasparov just became the world champion, and together with his mentor, ex-world champion Mikhail Botvinnik, he was running the first session of the famous Botvinnik-Kasparov school. A group of young aspiring c... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 03.04.2015 - day 84

      World Champion Anatoly Karpov beat Damien Marty in a simul in Zurich in 1988: White to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Garry Kasparov won against John Van der Wiel in Brussels in 1987: Black to move and checkmates in 4: Our reader ... | Read More

    • Meeting Ben Finegold

      No chess games here.  Just chess life.  I learned at 5pm Tuesday that Ben Finegold had moved to Charlotte for 6 months and was giving a lecture tonight at 6:45.  It would take me at least an hour to get to Charlotte, especially with rush hour t... | Read More

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      • | Mar 4, 2015
    • The Evaluation of Material Imbalances

      Every novice soon learns a table of [DH: "average"] material value for the pieces, the most popular being 1-3-3-5-9, but with a bit more experience he learns that this table is not always reliable. There are two reasons for this: one is that an ... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 03.01.2015 - day 81

      Grandmaster Vladimir Tukmakov beat World Champion Anatoly Karpov in Mosocw in 1972: White to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Garry Kasparov won against Computer Constellation 36K in a simul in Hamburg in 1985: White to move and check... | Read More

    • filosofia no jogo de xadrez

      as semelhanças do jogo de xadrez  com a vida são inevitaveis,e devemos ter convicção disso,porque como disse kasparov "a capacidade de jogar xadrez não e´nada além dela mesma,o importante é o que fazemos com ela,ou seja usar as habilidade... | Read More

      • camiladoce
      • | Mar 1, 2015

Video Lessons

  • AIPE

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    The Association Internationale de la Presse Echiqueenne (AIPE) was the International Association of Chess Journalists.  It was an organization of chess journalists founded in 1967 by Jordi Puig (1928-1989) of Barcelona, Spain. AIPE awarded the Ch... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... 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 »

  • 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 »