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  • Vladimir Kramnik And The Berlin Defense

    Before the 2000 world championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov, the latter had been champion since long before I started playing chess. Kasparov dominated the chess world and seemed unbeatable. I naturally assumed that he wou... | Read More

  • Links to the Past

    This is the week of Halloween, a time when we dust the cobwebs, ressurect the dead and free the whispy ghosts of the departed.I thought this would be an appropriate time to open my own vault into the not-so-distant past with links to what has c... | Read More

  • Anatoly Karpov And The Caro-Kann

    After his famous 1972 victory over Boris Spassky in the so-called "Match of the Century," Bobby Fischer stopped playing chess. He did not compete in any tournaments as the world champion. When Anatoly Karpov emerged as his challenger in 1975,... | Read More

  • Mementos of Morphy

    Paul Morphy circa 1858      I had come across this blurb in an 1886 edition of the "British Chess Magazine" under the sub-title, "Foreign News" :      The estate of the late Paul Morphy was sold by auction on July 24th, and among th... | Read More

  • Making A Plus In The Petroff

    For a long time, the Petroff Defense (also known as the Russian Defense) has been a very solid weapon in situations where a draw is acceptable for Black. Through the end of the 20th century it featured prominently in top level tournaments, especia... | Read More

    • Learning the Petroff's Defense Part 1

      This game is an example of how someone might make irrational moves trying to hold onto everything when in reality the best bet is to cut your losses.  In the game I make a lot of inaccuracies that costed me at least the loss of a pawn, but trying... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Oct 23, 2015
    • "Preparing for the match against Fischer", excerpts from Boris Spassky's bio

      Nikolai Krogius was one of Spassky's coaches during his preparations for the match against Fischer. He shares a lot of insight from the Soviet camp. Here are some quotes from his biographical book about Spassky, published in 1998 and 2000 (2 volu... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Oct 20, 2015
    • Boston Boll Weevils lose to Philly (1 – 3)

      (Beat Reporter:Mark LaRocca) Oh, de boll weevil am a little black bug, Come from Mexico, dey say, Come all de way to Boston, Jus' a-lookin' foh a place to stay, Jus' a-lookin' foh a home, Jus' a-lookin' foh a home Just ask any Boll Weevil.... | Read More

    • Favourite openings.

      What's your favourite opening?As white and as black.I would love to hear what you all have to say.My favourite opening as white is Guiko Piano and as black is the Petroff Defense | Read More

      • MDL4
      • | Sep 3, 2015
    • Poisoned pawn in the Petroff defense

      If you want to win more games out of the opening, or if you play the Petroff defense with white or with black or if you want to know what is a poisoned pawn and how to deal with it, then this analysis will help you. On the 25th of July in 2015 I ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Petroff's Defence

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    Petroff's Defence (or the Russian Game) arises after: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6    There is an interesting trap where white may blunder his Queen away early in the game after: 3. Nxe5 Qe7 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3?? Leads to Nxc3+, and black will win ... Read More »