Despite his irritable personality and somewhat dogmatic assertions, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) is the undisputed patriarch of modern positional thought.
In his magnum opus My System (1925), Nimzowitsch formulated and verbalized a litany o... | Read More
About a year after I learned the rules of the game, I became practically obsessed with rook lifts. In my (inexperienced and naive) opinion, no attack was truly complete without an aesthetically pleasing rook lift.
Indeed I had a rook (or two) on... | Read More
Warning: This trick is performed by trained professionals only - don't try this at home.
While remarking on his win against Conrad Holt in last year's US Championship, Gata Kamsky explained his dubious decision on move 30. "I had a choice," Kams... | Read More
"I did action X and gained Y rating points so I suggest everyone should do that."
This claim came up during the show, raising the question: How helpful it would be for others to follow the suggestion? In order to address this issue, we should sta... | Read More
Any chess player who is familiar with the enormous heritage of the great Nimzowitsch should know his "Immortal Zugzwang Game." The last move of the game is a treat for a real chess connoisseur:
In his book, Nimzowitsch expressed h... | Read More