Why study traps?
There are several good reasons why studying traps might be considered important. First, of course, to avoid becoming a victim of one. Second is to recognize when the opportunity of gaining a quick victory appears. B... | Read More
The Open Sicilian can be broken down into four basic systems.
In one, the Dragon, the black bishop is fianchettoed on g7.
In the Scheveningen, it is developed on e7 while Black adopts a "little center" of pawns on d6 and e6.
In a third, t... | Read More
Despite the War, the 1940s were an exciting time in American chess, especially in New York. The USCF, newly formed, still seemed vibrant and "Chess Review," Horowitz' somewhat self-serving periodical, reflected the vivacious... | Read More
Professor: For the 70th time, hello class.
A few indistinct words, some smiles.
Lucian: I can't believe I've been here 70 times.
Zephyr: For once we're in agreement.
Professor: Anyone want to talk about the class in general?
Zephyr: In gene... | Read More
Who is the best chess player of all time?
Today, World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads Vishy Anand 1.5-0.5 after two games at the world chess championship in Sochi, Russia.
Carlsen is the 16th classical world chess champion — mor... | Read More