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  • 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

  • Could A Chess Computer Take Over The World?

    Chess-playing computers are almost unfathomably strong, and they are improving faster than even the best human players. Three months ago, we took a look at the top five computer chess engines, and today the best two programs on that li... | Read More

  • The Greatest Chess Minds Video Series

    Let this video guide serve as the official reference point to help you find videos on your favorite chess players throughout history! has enjoyed lessons from the best coaches and players within our game. Hopefully,... | Read More

  • Is Chess Art?

    Is chess art? I bet that’s not the first time you’ve been asked that, or something like it. To the basic question, all kinds of answers have been offered, sometimes logical, sometimes passionate, sometimes contrived. Many might wonde... | Read More


      Today, we have an interesting topic to talk about. Normally, the term ‘mechanical’ refers to something that is operated by a machine. Hence, we can also describe it as something that is done automatically. But how do we relate this term to... | Read More

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    • Analysing My Own Games: The Mystery of Compensation

      Compensation is the most intangible of chess qualities for me to appreciate. I've heard Kasparov quote that Chess is about material, time and quality. The first two can be seen, the last magical element seems so mysterious.    I managed to sne... | Read More

    • یه سوال یا راهنمایی از همه دوستان

      سلام به همه دوستان   برام یه مشکلی توی پروفایلم پیش اومده که تازه متوجه شدم حالا نمی دونم از اولش برام بوده یا نه اون هم اینه که اگه کسی ی... | Read More

    • NAME CHANGE!!!

      Time for a name change. I suck at math now. Guys gimme new name suggestions | Read More

    • How Analysing My Own Games led me to Anand's novelty

      This blog is part of a concerted effort by me to analyse my own game, without the use of a computer.   This is the hardest part of chess study for me, as it's difficult to aim for self reflection.    I managed to fit this blitz game in whil... | Read More

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  • Mathematics and chess

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    The number of possible chess positions after White’s first ply move is 20 (16 pawn moves and 4 knight moves).  There are 400 possible chess positions after two ply moves (first ply move for White followed by first ply move for Black).  Th... Read More »