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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

  • Break the Biggest Rule in Chess -- and Win!

    In the first two installments of this article, we discussed the situations where it is beneficial to ignore well established principles of chess. Today we'll talk about another "sacred cow" of chess rules, the most dangerous one to bend!  H... | Read More

  • 277 hours to learn to think like a Chess Master?

    How much time do you have for chess? What is the best way to study? These are questions I pose in my Video Lesson 001 on YouTube. I created this video right before I became active at Since that time, I have nearly 500 public videos avai... | Read More

  • The Greatest Combinations You've Never Seen

    In this day and age, nary a chess player is unfamiliar with the most famous tactical games of all time: Morphy-Count Isouard, Anderssen-Kieseritzky (The Immortal Game), Anderssen-Dufresne (The Evergreen Game), Glucksberg-Najdorf (The Polish Immort... | Read More

  • The Power of Criss-Crossing Bishops

    Professor: Hello, class.  No reaction. A few suppressed smiles. Thomas: What were you planning for today, Professor? Professor: I thought we'd talk about the two bishops. Lucian: How they're better than two knights? Rachel: Or be... | Read More

    • The End Of One Road, Beginning of Another Part 1

      Hey!  It's been quite a while! I've wanted to write another blog for the last few months but one thing after another and I've never gotten to doing it. But here it is finally!   In my last blog, I talked about playing in the 2013 US... | Read More

    • ChessIQ October Quad II

      On Saturday I played in a quad at ChessIQ, my second tournament of the month. I played well for the most part, scoring two out of three and bumping my rating up to 1518. In this blog post, I'm going to try something a bit different--listing one mi... | Read More

      • Pligrim
      • | Oct 19, 2014
    • County Chess

      Okay, I got roped into playing chess for Bedfordshire County today (Sunday 19th October). Having been advised I'd be playing people close to my own rating, I wasn't in the least bit surprised to find myself against a 170 (24 ECF points higher) and... | Read More

      • timlawson
      • | Oct 19, 2014
    • Witney Chess Congress 2014 (18/19 Oct)

      Held at Cokethorpe School in Witney, a 5 round Swiss tournament. Time controls were 90 minutes plus 15 seconds per move from move 1. I took a bye on round 3 and my results were as follows:   Round 1: A disappointing loss after a solid game. Qu... | Read More

      • DrDeal
      • | Oct 19, 2014
    • Study by G. Neukomm - That's Entertainment

      In a previous blog I mentioned the distinction Cheron made between endgame studies intended to be instructional, and those meant to be artisitic. I think there is another distinction to be made, and that is of endings which are primarily entertain... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • 2 rooks checkmate

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    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • kings cryochaber

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    well, lets continue what we were at- more ways to win. well, the topics kings cryochaber. the topic means, of course, the positive way of attackind and defending kings. So go along wth the moves: e4 e5 ng3 nf6 (the next moves carries your own gam... Read More »

  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • Pawn

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    The new pawn move, advancing two squares on its first move instead of one, was first introduced in Spain in 1280.  Starting a game by making two pawn moves before the opponent moved was common in Germany and Holland up to the 16th century, and st... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »