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  • The Chess Heritage Of Emory Tate

    This is the last installment of my tribute to IM Emory Tate. The first two parts can be found here and here. There are definitely people out there who knew Emory much better than me, so they could disagree, but I always had an impression that hi... | Read More

  • The Only Certainties: Death Matches And Taxes

    If it feels like we haven't had a Death Match since the early summer, that's because we haven't! Back when GM Maxim Dlugy claimed his title, the days were at their longest and outdoor barbecues were in full swing. But don't fret! As th... | Read More

  • The Art Of Maneuvering

    When my journey to the chess world was still in its nascent stages, I picked up a dusty old copy of My System, settled down in a comfortable chair, adopted a grave, contemplative expression, and started to read.  Everything went smooth... | Read More

  • Shadow Pictures of the Vienna Players

         The Vienna Chess Tournament of 1898, one of many tournaments sponsored by Albert von Rothschild, ran from May 31 to July 25 and was played at the Vienna Chess Club.  It attracted many strong and now-famous masters. Tarrasch and Pillsb... | Read More

  • Buckle

    If Buckle had entered the Tournament list [in 1851], and been pitted against Staunton, I think he would have proved victor, as the fine edge of Staunton's play was then taken off, a fact amply demonstrated in his matches with Anderssen and Willia... | Read More

    • Comprehensive Endgame Works: One-Volume

      As announced in my previous post, where I introduced this blog series, here are some thoughts on my favourite comprehensive one-volume endgame books. I sorted them in roughly ascending order of the ideal reader's rating according to my own estimat... | Read More

      • Schemato
      • | Nov 11, 2015
    • Endgame Literature Survey

      Update: The first sub-post on comprehensive one-volume works is now up. In preparation of my upcoming Rook Endgame Course, I have recently surveyed my chess library for titles that may be useful in endgame training. As I often get asked about boo... | Read More

      • Schemato
      • | Nov 10, 2015
    • REVIEW: Understanding the Queen's Gambit Accepted

      The Queen's Gambit Accepted: A Black Repertoireby A.Delchev and S. Semkov I recently got my hands on a couple of new opening books by Chess Stars, the Bulgarian publishing house perhaps best known for the Openings For White According to Anand s... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Nov 6, 2015
    • ABEL IS BACK GUYZ! Woohoo!

      Guys, Abel is back. You are NOT DREAMING, you see this. He is BACK with 5 accounts. That's #AbelSajuStyle #AbelSajuStyle!!  Okay. The accounts to BEWARE OF: | Read More

    • Spassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 6

      Part 6. Ending and Aftermath, with Bobby speaking Russian Previously on: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. But while some wrote articles, and others prepared to greet the new world champion in person, thinking that the next fe... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Zugzwang

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    Zugzwang an intermediate move  ZANG  Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung",  Zugzwang (German for "compulsion to move", pronounced [ˈtsuːktsvaŋ]) is a situation found in chess and other games wherein one player is put at a disadvantage because they m... Read More »

  • Axedrez

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    The obsolete Spanish word for chess (which is now ajedrez).  The Portuguese player Damiano wrote a Spanish book suggesting chess was invented by Xerxes and should be named after Xerxes, hence, the word Axedrez.  Axedrez is used for the word ches... Read More »

  • Lasa, Tassilo von Heydebrand und der

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    Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa (von der Lasa) was born on October 17, 1818 in Berlin, Germany.  He studied law in Berlin and Bonn, Germany. In 1837, he was one of the seven co-founders of the Berlin Chess School (the Berlin Pleiades),... Read More »

  • Greenblatt, Richard D.

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    Richard D. Greenblatt, born in 1945, is a computer programmer.  In late 1966, as an MIT undergraduate, he began to develop a computer chess program of his own.  He had been challenged by Hubert Dreyfus, who criticized the usefulness... Read More »

  • Teichmann, Richard

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    Richard Teichmann (1868-1925) was a German player, born in Lehnitzsch Sach-Altenburg, Germany, and one of the top players in the world at the beginning of the 20th century.  He was blind in his right eye and wore an eye patch when playing in ... Read More »