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  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 3

    Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment, alluding to my article, You Have It He Doesn’t! Part 1, which was all about... | Read More

  • A Week in Chicago, Part 2

    In last week's article, A Week in Chicago, Part 1, we saw a very strange and interesting game I played against the young FM Eric Rosen in a Chicago international tournament. Now let's look at what happened later in the tournament. As I said befo... | Read More

  • Schrödinger's Chess Puzzle

    Warning - the article you are about to read might produce a variety of symptoms, including lightheadedness, altered vision, eye or face twitching, jerking or shaking of arms or legs, disorientation, confusion, or momentary loss of awareness.  **... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #35 - The Good Knight

    Professor: Good day, class. Would you rather be a knight? Or would you rather be a bishop? Zephyr: That’s quite a “hello,” Professor. Lucian: I’m fine. How are you? Professor: I’m doing OK. Forgive me for getting right into matt... | Read More

  • The Art of the Two Bishops

    Imagining that the pieces have stable values which are written in stone is an oversimplification of chess. One of the ways to become a better player is to develop a more subtle understanding of the relative values of pieces. Often a piece gains ... | Read More

    • The Four C's - Ruy Lopez

      I felt it a good idea to examine one of the oldest openings in chess, the Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Game), using the Four C's approach. The idea is to get a sense of where the pieces want and need to move in this particular opening. As we know the f1 ... | Read More

      • LaCiCaDa
      • | Apr 18, 2014
    • Minor pieces

      Bishops vs. Knights/Test 1 | Read More

      • Ronliv
      • | Apr 15, 2014
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      Thanks for stopping by again to read my latest blog post. This time I want to share an idea which I've come up with for my private lessons. It's called the Four C's. And it is a method that allows my students to 'check in' on their pieces, to dete... | Read More

      • LaCiCaDa
      • | Apr 14, 2014
    • Knights and rooks to win

      Here I made a silly early mistake, playing 5. ...a6 for the Najdorf, and then immediately 6. ...g6, which makes no sense. It gets me into hot water early on, but white is unable to capitalise, and slowly but surely I eke out an advantage, winning ... | Read More

      • john4000
      • | Apr 12, 2014
    • Three Knights (a)

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      • Iskandar
      • | Apr 6, 2014

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Hippophobia

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    It comes from the greek word phobes meaning fear and hippo, which means horse. Hippophobia is the fear of knights. this is generally bad because players with hippophobia will trade bishops for knights when bishops are better. Read More »

  • A00 to E99

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    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »

  • What You Need to Know Well as a Beginner

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    The Tactics! If you are directed to the wrong page from my profile,please go back. Forks A fork is basically when one piece attacks two. Skewer When one piece attacks a more valuable piece and then a less valuable piece behind it. Pawns can't... Read More »