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  • The Scandinavian Defense: Modern Play

    In part 1 of "The Scandinavian Defense: A History," we learned about the earliest beginnings of the Scandinavian Defense, and also saw some games with the slightly less usual 2...Nf6 in response to 2.exd5. Now we will see how the Scandinavi... | Read More

  • The Scandinavian Defense: A History

    The time has come to look at the history of perhaps the first chess opening: the Scandinavian Defense.  Also known as the Center-Counter, the Scandinavian Defense can be viewed as the most direct and forcing counter to 1.e4. The intrep... | Read More

  • Do You Need To Study Junk Openings?

    Some chess players love to play offbeat openings. I knew one class-A player who was a die-hard devotee of the Vulture Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 Ne4?!). He was showing me a book (why do they kill trees to publish such books?) that explaine... | Read More

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Smith-Morra Gambit.  As the Smith-Morra began to encounter strong players, a variety of different responses developed. In the early days, declining the gambit was actually quite popular. In fact, ... | Read More

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History

    For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More

    • priorities   Once a loser always a loser..   interesting chess:   Swap pawns to win...... | Read More

    • One good zwischenzug deserves another

      White just took the knight on c6 (9.Nxc6). The natural answers are 9...dxc6 and 9...bxc6. I hope you saw there is a problem with the 1st move but Black can fix that with basic tactics. 9...Qe8 is a move to look as is threatens a discovered che... | Read More

    • Blistering Bullet Beat Down

      An innovative defense against the Stonewall Attack proves to be, well, not quite effective. Maybe that Knight belongs on f6 after all. In the end, it was White's own Nf6+! that clobbered Black. | Read More

    • Sacrifice...or Die

      A game in which I tried an experiment (avoiding castling in order to use the half-open h-file), got in trouble (deservedly, O-O was better than Kf1 objectively), but when my opponent failed to make a sacrifice at a pivotal point the tables turned.... | Read More

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      • | Feb 21, 2015
    • "Bruce Li" lessons in attacking chess

       - White's theatrical 16. Nxf7 is assigned 'blunder' since the more prosaic 16. Qh5 was crushing. - 16. Nxf7 should have been followed up with the "Tal-esque" 17. Bxe6+ sacrificing a second piece. See notes to move 17. - note also the clever de... | Read More

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