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  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 11

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 year... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2

    In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends concerning the length of time they prepared/analyzed/pondered ... | Read More

  • Review: My Junior Years in 20 Games

    One of the first chess books I bought myself was a red little volume in German called Garrik Kasparow - Idol der Jugend by T.Lais. Published in 1983 - when Kasparov was just 20 years old - it contained 60 lightly annotated games played by the late... | Read More

  • Mysterious GM Moves

    When you hear the word "brilliancy," what comes to mind? A dazzling combination with multiple sacrifices? A captivating tactical melee in which both players display their calculational expertise? Without a doubt, brilliancy has a tactical connotat... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 2

    WHY I WRITE ABOUT THE CHESS GREATS In my view, it’s important for chess fans to embrace a chess hero, and after studying his life and games, moving onto another chess hero. It’s fun, you learn a lot, and it makes the whole chess expe... | Read More

    • Vias de Ataque: Ganarlos Abiertos o Ganarlos Cerrados?

      El secreto de la guerra se encuentra en las comunicaciones. – Napoleon Bonaparte En una situación de combate cuando hay vidas en juego, las líneas de comunicación pueden significar la vida o la muerte. Las líneas abiertas y seguras de co... | Read More

    • Avenues of Attack: Cut Them Open or Cut Them Off?

      The secret of war lies in the communications. –Napoleon Bonaparte In a combat situation when lives are on the line, the lines of communications may mean life or death. Open and secure lines of communication are vital for any (military, chess... | Read More

    • Here we go again

      I want to thank Jason Oliphant ( at for helping to chisel me out of some sticky amber with his question on whether there is still anyone out there keeping tabs on Adult chess improvement seekers (ACIS) or l... | Read More

    • A War Game With The Games Of War

      [Blog History]      A lot of things have occupied my life over the last year and a half. Some things had to do with chess, some with health, and some just plain stupid and nonsensical. I'm not going to cover all of it; I'm saving it for my au... | Read More

    • RCA course "Intermediate Package"

      There’s a stage in your chess progress when you can’t leap forward anymore. Instead you should be persistent and have a steady growth. This package will help you to improve your skill: A Steady Growth Package: Don’t underestimate its valu... | Read More

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