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  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4b

    This is the second part of an article (Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4a) that pointed out some structural similarities between the Sicilian Wing Gambit, the French Wing Gambit, and the Benko Gambit. However, the main focus quickly moved to the... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #58: The Queen Doesn’t Always Win

    Professor: How nice to see you all today, class. The class tried to look like it was smiling. Professor: If you recall, last week’s session began with a position Thomas had emailed me. Thomas: It was a position where a queen beat a rook and k... | Read More

  • Review: Playing the Trompowsky

    I recently took a train from Amsterdam to the quaint little Belgium town of Bruges. Looking for a book to keep me occupied for the four hour ride, I remembered my review copy of Richard Pert’s Playing the Trompowsky, which is certainly thinner t... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2

    In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends concerning the length of time they prepared/analyzed/pondered ... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 7

    GOOD OR BAD? Mordecai10 asked: I have just completed part 1 of your Test Your Chess Understanding articles, and I wasn’t completely satisfied by one aspect of your solutions. In your solution to puzzle 2, you say the following: &lsquo... | Read More

    • Perfect Friend Opening

      1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 Nc6 6.e3 O-O 7.Nc3 d6 8.Rd1 Bd7 9.Be2 Re8 10.O-O e5 11.Qc2 exd4 12.Nxd4 Rb8 13.Rd2 Re5 14.Re1 h6 15.Rdd1   | Read More

      • redgoo
      • | Sep 14, 2014
    • 2014 Week 3 Review: Los Angeles Vibe vs. Baltimore Kingfishers

      Los Angeles Vibe vs. Baltimore Kingfishers 1.5-2.5 IM Andranik Matikozyan (2538) - GM Akshayraj Kore (2543) 0-1 View Game FM Konstantin Kavutskiy (2397) - IM Levan Bregadze (2530) 0-1 View Game FM Mark Duckworth (2316) - NM Jared Defibaugh (232... | Read More

    • B43 Sicilian, Kan Variation

      Take a moment to read about the Sicilan Defense to get some basic ideas.     Named after Ilya Kan. By playing 4...a6, Black prevents Nb5 and prepares an eventual ...b5 advance. White's most popular reply is 5.Nc3, when Black's development... | Read More

      • kleelof
      • | Sep 12, 2014
    • Golden Gambits, Queen's Gambit Part 1

      Hello friends, viewers, and opponents to my first blog on the new series Golden Gambits! Today we will be going over the well known Queen's Gambit and going through it extensively in two parts of the Accepted and the Declined. Today we'll be looki... | Read More

    • Reader Request: 1.c4 Nf3 2.Nc3 D4

      Reader Request: What to Play after 1.c4 Nf3 2.Nc3 d4 A Holistic View of the Opening. Disclaimer: I am an admitted amateur, who is attempting to study and learn this game myself. I am not qualified to provide solid analysis or move recommendation... | Read More

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