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  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g4!? The so-called "Li... | Read More

  • How To Play The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit

    The 90s were a decade of complex openings:  in particular, the King's Indian and the Semi-Slav. In 1992, a peculiar attacking idea came out of Latvia to combat the Semi-Slav, Meran Variation. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6... | Read More

  • 4 Tips To Bounce Back From A Tough Tournament

     The only thing worse than having a bad tournament is having to play another tournament immediately after. If you’re not careful, you may allow your poor performance to affect your subsequent results. Follow the tips below to bounce ... | Read More

  • Manny

     Chess often forms a juncture with various disciplines such as literature, poetry, music, painting or films.  The point where they meet can be symbolic, thematic or just a hook meant to reel in the audience.  Certain artists or writers are, in... | Read More

  • A Guide To Underpromotion

    The concept of underpromotion epitomizes the beauty of chess. Mathematically speaking, the queen is far and away the most potent force on the board. Yet there are certain situations in which the lady's subordinates are more deserving of reincarnat... | Read More

    • Life Aboard A Submarine (Simulated)

      Life Aboard A Submarine   If you have never served aboard a submarine or do not know anyone who is or was a submariner, then this list may help you understand what life aboard a submarine is all about (sort of).   If you are a submarine veter... | Read More

      • Seafever
      • | May 30, 2015
    • Winning the Loss

      It’s the last round of the tournament. I’m White. My opponent allows me to play the Scotch! I’ve had great success with the Scotch Game lately, so I’m hopeful, but then—I lose in fewer than 30 moves. My philosophy towards losing has dra... | Read More

    • Why is it important to analyze thoroughly in the middle game?

      It should be taken in consideration that chess is not an easy game but you can convert it to a simple one if you have the ability to analyze each position in the middle game.To analyze well,start by looking at all chess squares and your pieces and... | Read More

    • June Livestream Challenge: Raise Blitz Rating from 800 to 2200

      Wow I haven't written one of these blog post things in a while... Hey everyone! I am setting up a bit of a challenge for myself during June. The goal is to raise a 2nd account's blitz rating from a starting point of ~800 (non-provisional) to 220... | Read More

    • ESC winner Måns Zelmerlöws first Idol audition <3

      Swedish Idol Audition 2005 <3   Måns Zelmerlöw recently won Eurovision song contest with the song Heroes, but THIS is where his carrier started. In swedish Idol in 2005. He came 5th btw and since then hes been one of the most charmin... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Kalme, Charles

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    Charles Kalme (1939-2002) was the U.S. Junior Open champion in 1955, which was held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In 1957 he was the U.S. Intercollegiate Chess Champion.  In 1960 he was on the winning U.S. Student Olympiad team (Lombardy, Kalme, R Wein... Read More »

  • Reubens, Emil

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    Emil Reubens was born in Russia on September 23, 1886.  He was a master emeritus and USCF life director.  He was a founding member of the United States Chess Federation.  In June, 1973, he received a Master’s degree in busines... Read More »

  • Niro, Frank

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    Frank Niro was born in Milford, Massachusetts on September 28, 1948.  In 1973, he won the American Postal Chess Tournament (APCT) League championship and became a correspondence master in that organization in 1975.  From 1984 to 1986, he... Read More »

  • Henley, Ronald Watson

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    Ron Henley is an American Grandmaster (1982) from Houston, Texas.  He is the only American selected as a second to a Soviet player.  He served as second to Anatoly Karpov in the 1990 World Championship match.  He was Karpov’s ... Read More »

  • Gligoric, Svetozar

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    Svetozar Gligoric. born Feb 2, 1923, is a Serbian (Yugoslav) Grandmaster (1951).  He learned the game of chess at age 11, taught by a boarder taken in by his mother.   In 1938, at the age of 15, he won the Belgrade Chess Club c... Read More »