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  • The Tactical Rook Lift

    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

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 5

    Unorthodox Chess Players Einet890 asked a few questions, but I will only answer one here, and one other next time I do a Q&A article. Mr. Einet890, I’ll answer this question for everyone, though you’re welcome to use the ans... | Read More

  • How to Play Badly

    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

  • The Bill Gates Variation

    How many of you could get a winning position against Magnus Carlsen after just eight moves of play? How many chess players in the world could do it? I know one of them, and his name is Bill Gates! Image: NRK/YouTube Not only did he achiev... | Read More

  • Stalemate

    S T A L E M A T E _______________________________________________________      The existing rule has this in its favour, that it appeals strongly to the sporting instincts of mankind; and the last chance which it affords to a player who ap... | Read More

    • Declutter - Keep or Go or Trash? - Part 1

      I'm trying to declutter and plan on donating some books to the local school system. So the question for each of the books is keep for myself, donate to the school system, donate to more advanced players, or trash? Game Collections: The Life and ... | Read More

    • A fun Monday night quad

      So. . . Monday Night Quad at the Chess Castle of Minnesota--Always fun!It's possible that it havs been a few months since my last visit to the Chess Castle, but we don't talk about those dark. . . ages?  It was a wonderful turnout; 16 people made... | Read More

      • sven00100
      • | Jun 3, 2014
    • Opening-Nimzo-Indian , variation-Nimzowitsch

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      • Matilda876
      • | May 13, 2014
    • Searching for Alekhine's Gun (CQL)

       Alekhine's Gun is a tactical motif where a Queen and two Rooks are lined up along the same axis to put pressure on an opponent's weakness. The formation of Alekhine's Gun was first given its name after the game Alekhine - Nimzowitsch, San Remo... | Read More

      • Geiss
      • | Apr 26, 2014
    • Who would you carve into the Mount Rushmore of chess?

      I heard an interesting conversational question the other day - "Who would you carve into the Mount Rushmore of X." Where X can be any category of interest - e.g. chess. Naturally, I couldn't help but mull over who my choices would be. I think this... | Read More

      • SamCopeland
      • | Apr 15, 2014

Video Lessons

  • 1930 in chess

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    On January 4, 1930, the 10th Christmas Congress ended.  The Premier Section was won by Jose Capablanca (6.5), followed by Vidmar (5.5), and Yates (5).  The Premier Reserves section was won by George Koltanowski and Tylor. From January 16 to Feb... Read More »

  • Prophylaxis

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    In chess, Prophylaxis means guarding or preventing a move before it is made. A prophylactic move usually haults the opponent from taking action in an area. One example of prophylaxis is, when the king is buried behind a wall of pawns, moving a paw... Read More »

  • Torre-Repetto, Carlos

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    Carlos Torre Repetto (1905-1978) was Mexico's first grandmaster (1977).  He was born in Merida, Yucatan.  Torre won the Louisiana championship at New Orleans 1923. He was first at Detroit 1924, followed by Samuel Factor, Herman H. Hahlbohm, ... Read More »