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  • Bobby Fischer And The King's Indian Defense

    After Boris Spassky came the most famous chess player ever: Bobby Fischer. Fischer was the world champion with the most limited and consistent opening repertoire. Indeed, Fischer had an attitude that there must be one correct way of playing in e... | Read More

  • Who Will Beat Magnus Carlsen?

    If you follow my weekly column, then you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Magnus Carlsen. I like his chess style, his general attitude to play till the very end and his notorious disregard of the opening theory. I grew up at the height... | Read More

  • Botvinnik And The Winawer

    After World War Two, the chess world (and the world in general) was abruptly changed. It is very clear that a demarcation line can be placed at 1945 between the old classical chess and modern chess. There were many changes in the chess world aro... | Read More

  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game member Nietsoj wrote: “I read your recent post where you answered a question about aiming for a 2000 rating. Just as so many other amateur players, I have the same goal, and I am wondering what a realistic training program would look ... | Read More

  • Saving Chess With The a-Pawn

    The first part of this article has brought a great response and many reader suggestions. But I have a confession to make. It was a totally tongue-in-cheek article and I am surprised that the majority of our readers took it for face ... | Read More

    • Openings: Keep it Short and Simple (1)

      Lately I've been looking at ways to broaden my opening repertoire with agressive lines that do not require too much study, i.e. where opening theory is not very developped yet. The first variation I'd like to show you can be used against the Sici... | Read More

      • Boldchess
      • | Nov 16, 2015
    • Fischer Random - Chess960 in St.Louis

      Hi people!   Why 960? We need 1 dark square bishop and 1 light square bishop. We have 4 dark squares and 4 light squares on the rank. 4 x 4 = 16 way to put them on the board. So we have 6 squares left. To castle long (a-side) and short (h... | Read More

      • Haggard-CC
      • | Nov 15, 2015
    • A Draw with an IM - first time!

      This weekend I played in a simul against IM Alexander Matros at Lancaster University in England.  There were 18 boards mostly filled with Management School students (they had absolutely no idea how to play chess and so the event was fairly inform... | Read More

      • Shi_Tou
      • | Oct 26, 2015
    • Chess 960 Development

      Grand Master Andy Soltis in the introduction to his book “Winning with 1 e4” states; “There are players, even Grandmasters, who survive in the world of tournament chess without paying much attention to opening theory. If, for example, you be... | Read More

    • USCL week 9 recap

      The ninth week of the league has come and gone, and with just one week remaining in regular season play, astoundingly just two teams (Miami and San Diego) know they will be staying home for the postseason (wait, don't we all stay home?). New Engla... | Read More

  • I dare you to- SAC YOUR QUEENIE

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    Oh she's the most valuable piece alright!  That's what makes her so promising!  When you give up your queen (I don't reccomend it unless your playing me) You never know if it's a trap.  Leg'as mate was played by tow guys a little while back.  ... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

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    King's Indian Defense belongs to the Indian Defense family of openings and is characterised by the early fianchetoeing of the black dark-squared bishop on g7. It is a sharp opening and it has always been a very popular choice for black ever ... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence

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      The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed.Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking cont... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • Mark's Opening

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    Mark's Opening is a chess opening characterized by the moves 1   d4  Nf6 2 Nc3   d5 3 Bf4   This position can also be reached by transposition (the move order isn't important). The advantages of the opening include fast piece develo... Read More »