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  • The Caro-Kann: Modern Times

    In part 1 of this series on the Caro-Kann, I discussed the earliest beginnings of the opening, the origin of the name, and its first adoption by top players. It is always fascinating to learn about the beginnings of these openings, which today see... | Read More

  • How To Play The Najdorf Against The Adams Attack

    In Playing Against The Najdorf: The Adams Attack, we saw how an obscure small move (6.h3) was developed as an answer to another small move (5...a6 -- the Najdorf), which had, paradoxically, become the most popular opening in chess. The so-called... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | 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 Paulsen Sicilian: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.  Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 03.21.2015 - day 101

      World Champion Robert James Fischer beat Estonian Grandmaster Paul Keres in 1959: Black to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Garry Kasparov beat American Grandmaster Gata Kamsky in New York in 1989: White to move and checkmates in 5: ... | Read More

    • Vassily Ivanchuk, Vladimir Petrov Memorial 2015 Rapid, Day 1

      Vladimir Petrov (27.09.1907-26.08.1943) This superstrong Latvian GM beat Alekhine, Steiner, Keres and Tartakower. This is his photograph. Do not confuse him with Aleksander Petrof, father of Petrov's Defense (Russian Defense: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6)... | Read More

    • MOBY CHESS Šachmatų Kultūros Universitetas

      Labas Rytas , brangūs draugai , Kolegos . Šiandien panagrinėsime truputį 'tamsesnę' temą - MENĄ , juk ŠACHMATAI-MENAS (ne sportas ir ne mokslas). Menas turi DVI PUSES , kaip tas dviveidis DIEVAS -JANUSAS (JANAS)- pradžia ir pabaiga, balt... | Read More

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      • | Feb 21, 2015
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    • The Two Knights Defense - Playing 1.E4 - E5 2.Nf3 Opening Variations

      The Two Knights Defense is the third in a series of articles reviewing black's second move after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3.  It continues with 2...Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 and can be frought with theory, from white's Fried Liver Attack with 4.Ng5, to black's respons... | Read More

    • Nyári Rege

        Nyári Rege   Másodikján most a nyolcnak Szép reggelre berzent, Széles síkság térdepellik Folyás partja mellett,   Magas bérc a kora tájat Árnyékkal köszönti, Rendre sötét és világos Árnyakkal felölti.   K... | Read More

      • Bivaly
      • | Jan 22, 2015

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  • Oll, Lembit

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    Lemibt Oll was born in April 23, 1966 in Hohtla-Jarve, Estonia.  In 1982, he was chess champion of Estonia.  In 1983, he was awarded the International Master title.  In 1984, he was junior champion of the USSR.  From 1992 through 1998, he play... Read More »

  • 1936 in chess

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    In January 1936, the All-Russian Trade Union Tournament finished after six months of steady play.  The event had 700,000 participants.  Georgy Lizitzin and Vitaly Checkover tied for 1st place. On January 4, 1936, the 16th Annual Hastings Christ... Read More »

  • Tolush, Alexander

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    Alexander Tolush (1910-1969) was a Russian Grandmaster (1953).  He was Leningrad champion in 1937, 1938, 1946, and 1947.  He took 2nd in the 1950 USSR championship, behind Keres.   He was an early trainer for Boris Spassky and ... Read More »

  • Keres, Paul

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    Paul Keres (1916-1975) was an Estonian Grandmaster (1950).  He was Estonian chess champion in 1935.  In the 1930s he played in the tennis championship of Estonia.  In 1938 he tied for 1st (with Fine) in the famous AVRO tournament, w... Read More »

  • Junge, Klaus

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    Klaus Junge (1924-1945) was a German player who was born in Chile and moved to Germany in the 1930s.  In 1941, at the age of 17, he tied for first place in the German championship.  In Prague 1942, he tied for first with Alekhine.  ... Read More »