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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

  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More

  • Q&A: Opening Prep And Troll Attacks

    QUESTION: Taylor_chess85 asked: “I would like to understand the type of games I am interested in playing. I am a beginner, and I thought that maybe I might make a database of every game certain people played with a certain opening. My idea is ... | Read More

  • Positional Attacks Book (February 2014)

    Positional Attacks The third installment of the best-selling series of attack books - Formation Attacks, Formation Attack Strategies, and now, Positional Attacks is another 500 page book, full of great attack information with 533 fabulous attack ... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, May 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Shamkir Stones “During the rest day, when I was tortured for hours by pains in my lower left back, I decided to ask for a doc... | Read More


    • Leicestershire Major, Rd 4 (played late), S Dawkins v G Closs

      All moves in 80 minutues with 10 second increment. Yet another win from a lost position! I over-reached in the middle game before I'd completed my development and came up the exchange down and completely lost.  My bishop game me some swindling... | Read More

    • CCD - Second Branch - 3.Nf3

      Second Key Point of the Opening: "White's move 3" *** Directed to Beginners *** The main moves I will cover will be the ones in the below chart. If your opponent plays another move which is not on the chart. It is probably a bad move. Which mean... | Read More

    • How to start learning the basics of the middle game

      1-Stop analyzing the games of beginners. 2-Watch masters thoroughly and analyze their tactics. 3-Start reading analysis in text form. 4-Improve your concentration techniques. 5-Become a solid chess beginner. 6-Watch the opponent King during t... | Read More

    • CHESS 960

      After reading some blogs by my friend Wes ( WhipLash 775) I began to get excited about Fischer random chess. It seemed so exciting. Instead of the old boring opening manouvres one was thrust straight away into a middle game in very unfamiliar situ... | Read More

    • Sinquefield Cup 2015: Anish Giri vs Alexander Grischuk (Grand Chess Tour)

      This is a round 1 game from the 2015 Sinquefield Cup between Anish Giri of the Netherlands and Alexander Grischuk of Russia. The Sinquefield Cup is held at the Saint Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center in Missouri, USA. This tournament acts as ... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • pin; a way to win

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    Pins are a way to win because the piece checks the king and the knight, bishop, rook or queen can block it.This is a severe weakness becase if  the pinner is less valueable than the blocker,the pinner can capture the blocker and get a bigger va... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • K R MA

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    Okay, I know how it says K R MA, but it really stood for King+Rook Mate. So, what you do is you put your king somewhere in the middle below the rank of the rook, and the other king is one rank above. It's hard to explain, but a diagram might help.... Read More »

  • King and Queens Indians

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    The king and queens indians is aattack a defence and a opening. It starts with a knight moveing the the other then move pawn,pawn,pawn,pawn now all is protcted ecsept the knights now you have a pawn stucture and knight at full use you can use this... Read More »

  • Halloween Gambit

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      Halloween Gambit Moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5 ECO C47 Parent Four Knights Game Synonym(s) Müller-Schulze Gambit The Halloween Gambit, also known as the... Read More »