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  • You Have It, He Doesn’t! Part 1

    Quite a few amateurs become a bit confused when game annotations talk about the enormous importance of the dark squares in one position or another. Yes, everyone knows what the dark squares are, but in most cases, one is left wondering why they ar... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 1

    Curse of the Hasty Pawn Advance EvgeniyZh (1192) – raj475 (1324)ICC Live Game (30-0), 2014 1.e4 b6 2.e4 e6 3.e5 I’ve seen many sub-1500 rated players make this kind of hasty pawn advance, and I will take this opportunity to make a comment ... | Read More

  • Studying Master Games and Berkmaster's First Over-The-Board Tournament Battle

    I was a bit surprised at the comments about the study of master games made under my last Q & A (Snarky Silman, blah, blah, blah). As is always the case, everyone of every rating had an opinion. I’ve already written about this several tim... | Read More

  • Snarky Silman Presents: Readers’ Questions

    One The Conflict That Never Was Jeffrey Baffo wrote (on Facebook): “Move First, Think Later. That book creates a major conflict between Jeremy Silman/traditional methods and what Hendriks is saying.” Answer: I’m answering this question ... | Read More

  • Maximizing Learning per Unit Time

    I sometimes get asked "When reading a book of annotated games, wouldn't you learn more if you studied a game slowly than read it quickly?" Of course that is true for each game, but it skirts the real issue. And it's clearly true in absurdum: you ... | Read More


    • The revenge of Josh Waitzkin

      Josh got his rematch and his revenge. He has already become a year older (9 y/o), and quite a bit stronger. With a 1800-rating, he is a tough competitor. In case you are confused, I am talking about the Chessmaster AI personality Josh - age 9. Ti... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Mar 17, 2014
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    • Boris Kogan Memorial Full Analysis Of My Games - 1400-2000 Training Diary

      I have gone over this game a bit, but I wanted to go through some example Master games from the opening, to get a better understanding of this sort of flank opening. From this position:               There are 2 games in the Mas... | Read More

      • jminkler
      • | Mar 15, 2014
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      • | 1 comment
    • How I Became Interested In Chess

        Chess has been a game that I have played throughout my entire life.  This year, chess has entered my life and has become a major commitment.  I joined my high school's chess team, attended chess lessons, and participated in school tournament... | Read More

      • Forbidium
      • | Mar 15, 2014
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    • Fighting a "solid" Sicilian line

      This is a well-known Sicilian Kan tabiya, with over 100 master games played from it. I happened to meet it in a correspondence game a few months ago, and I was quite puzzled about the way white should handle it. Question no.1: How do you evaluat... | Read More

      • pfren
      • | Mar 14, 2014
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    • Fighting Spirit - Going Dynamic After a Blunder

      What to do after you blunder a piece? Master games say very little about this - the best move is usually resign. However in games against opponents rated under 2000 I think there are real chances of a good result if you respond positively. I am ... | Read More

      • davidcam
      • | Mar 13, 2014
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  • Tata Steel 2013 Round 1

    The 2013 Tata Steel Chess is taking place from 12-27 January in Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. This famous annual tournament has three separate single round-robin competitions, the A, B, and C Groups, each featuring 14 players. The strongest t... | Read More

  • Acropolis 2008: Fire On Board!

    Want to see some EXCITING (that is, NOT BORING) grandmaster games? Check out live coverage of the Acropolis 2008 tournament in Athens, Greece  >>Here<< (Tournament continues until Sunday, August 17, 2008)I've been following Chess.... | Read More

  • Building Chess.com: Part 9 - Opening to Middlegame

    It was three years ago that I first thought that the world needed a global chess community and set my eyes on Chess.com as the home for that community. Then in June 2007, after more than 2 years of work, Chess.com was opened to the public. It was ... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Jan 20, 2008
    • | 4440 reads
    • | Misc
  • Inside Interview w/ CHESSMASTER Development Team!

    With the release of the new CHESSMASTER less than a week away, we wanted to get some insights into the new program and the thought that went into it. We were lucky enough to interview two managers of the development team about the upcoming release... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Oct 19, 2007
    • | 2151 reads
    • | Misc

Video Lessons



  • Horwitz, Bernard

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    Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885) was a German-born card player(specialized in miniatures) and chess study composer.    In 1845, he settled in England and began teaching chess.  In 1846, he lost as match with Howard Staunton, losing 14 games, winni... Read More »

  • Quadrupled Pawns

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    Yes it is possible. In fact, quadrupled pawns have appeared in many games, such as this one: Alekhine went on to win. In many games quad pawns can mean a win since many would be very advanced and have promotion threats. Usually the side with them... Read More »

  • Endgames

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    Endgames are the last stage of the game.In end games you have very less pieces Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... Read More »

  • Purdy, Cecil

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    Cecil Purdy (1906-1979) was a Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess (1953) and winner of the first world correspondence chess championship (1950-1953). In 1923, at the age of 17, he won the New Zealand Championship.  In 1929 he founded the Australa... Read More »