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  • The 10 Weirdest Chess Sets

    The last two weeks, we looked at the chess pieces most and least likely to survive the game. Most of the time, those chess pieces will be the normal Staunton tournament set we all know so well. When playing online, though, you can choose ... | Read More

  • Move by Move Chess Improvement: Recognizing what is demanded of the position

    This is the opening issue of my new series Move by Move Chess Improvement I have chosen to analyze a game in which Black misunderstood the most important plan of the position and what followed were some missed opportunities from both sides ... | Read More

  • What's Your Favorite Chess Piece?

    Before we even play our first game of chess, we learn how the pieces move. The fact that the pieces travel the board in different ways is our first clue that the pieces themselves are not interchangeable. After a while, we find out about the &ld... | Read More

  • The 5 Craziest Places to Play Chess

    Most chess players have found themselves lost deeply in a game, so consumed by the position on the board — or the tactics brewing in their heads — that they all but ignore their surroundings. Usually these games are played ... | Read More

  • Test Your Chess Understanding, Part 1

    Usually an article discusses a particular player, or tactics, or some positional concept. When I teach tactical motifs, you know that all the puzzles are going to be about tactics. If I am discussing a particular idea concerning a pawn structure, ... | Read More

    • Changing Evaluations

      I think a player constantly improves his understanding of chess with experience.  --  Yasser SeirawanA couple of months ago, I started working on my first Stokyo exercise to try and improve my ability to evaluate positions, come up with good pla... | Read More

    • Reacting to Stunning Moves

      This game was played at the Metrowest Chess Club in Natick, MA. The MCC is one of the largest active chess clubs in the country and is frequented by many of the strongest players in MA. After a disappointing loss against Vadim Martirosov last w... | Read More

      • RobKing
      • | Dec 9, 2014

      Chess strategy is the aspect of chess playing concerned with evaluation of positions and setting of goals and long-term plans for future play. While evaluating a position strategically, a player must take into account such factors as the rel... | Read More

    • Apologies for timing-out on some recent games!

      Apologies to all if I've lost on time in a match for you or, for that matter against you! Also apologies to anyone I'm playing in my present under-graded state! I have just moved home and I've had great difficulties getting my broadband transferre... | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Nov 30, 2014
      • | 1 comment
    • Chessmen Move. But What For Exactly?

      Chess Square One is Broken Let’s put it bluntly, the 1500-year-old-plus traditional way of starting in chess with how chessmen make moves, coming invariably before everything else, is “fundamentally flawed,” Nimzovich[1]. Sounds almost like... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Maurian, Charles Amedee

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    Charles Amedee Maurian was born on May 21, 1838.  He was the closest and life-long friend of Paul Morphy.  They attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama together where Morphy taught Maurian how to play chess in 1853-54.  In 1... Read More »