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  • The Modern Defense: A History

    Like the Kan/Paulsen, the so-called "Modern Defense" is an opening with many names. When I first met it, as a beginning chess player, I knew it as the "Robatsch Defense." It has also been called the Ufimtsev Defense, the Kotov Defense, the Pi... | Read More

  • Overprotection, Decoded

    The concept of overprotection, invented and verbalized by Nimzowitsch in My System, is defined by IM Jeremy Silman as "a strategically important pawn or square that is given more protection than it seemingly needs. Essentially a prophylactic ... | Read More

  • The Paulsen Sicilian: A History

    The Open Sicilian can be broken down into four basic systems. In one, the Dragon, the black bishop is fianchettoed on g7. In the Scheveningen, it is developed on e7 while Black adopts a "little center" of pawns on d6 and e6. In a third, t... | Read More

  • The French Winawer: A History

    In the first installment of my series on the development of various opening variations, we learned about the history of the King's Gambit. This week we will be moving on to a more modern and frequently seen opening: the Winawer French. In th... | Read More

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 11

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 year... | Read More

    • My System Retaught

      Hello everyone. Today, I am starting my version of My System, by Aron Nimzowitsch. I will reteach this book by one of the world's greatest chess masters.  Now, I want to tell you all that I got the idea from likesforests and give all credit to h... | Read More

      • DylanK25
      • | Dec 26, 2014
    • Nimzowitsch's Pawnless Advance

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      • DylanK25
      • | Dec 25, 2014
    • RCA Webinar "My Thinking System"

      REMOTE CHESS ACADEMY LIVE WEBINAR Live Webinar “My Thinking System” by GM Igor Smirnov   Event: My Thinking System Host: GM Igor Smirnov Date: Saturday, 6 December at 3 p.m. (15:00) GMT UK time. Duration: 90 minutes. Seats: limited ... | Read More

      • go13ers
      • | Dec 5, 2014
    • Black's Best 10 Openings (Based on Black Win )

      Black's Best 10 Openings (Based on Black Win % + (Draw % x 0.5)) Rank Opening White Win % Draw % Black Win % Points per 100 games 1 Sicilian Defense 37 29 34 48.5 =1 Nimzo Ind... | Read More

      • lavin_arrt
      • | Nov 10, 2014
    • Coup de griffes de Teichmann le borgne

      Un joueur redoutable méconnu Richard Teichmann était un joueur allemand de premier plan durant la période de la fin du 19e siècle et du début du 20e siècle (1868 - 1925). Bien qu'il n'eût jamais été champion du monde, il fut un compé... | Read More

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      • | Oct 26, 2014
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  • 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 »