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  • More Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    In my first edition of Cracked Grandmaster Tales, I shared stories about Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas, Grandmaster Igor Ivanov, a tribute to Igor Ivanov by Boris Spassky, a short tale about an unknown grandmaster, and a story about the late Wa... | Read More

  • Tigran Petrosian And The Queen's Indian

    Tigran Petrosian, the ninth world champion, gained the title in his 1963 match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Thus the Botvinnik era came to a close, since the automatic rematch clause (which allowed Botvinnik to regain the championship after one year fr... | Read More

  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More

  • The Biggest Secret Of Positional Chess

    I am not going to reveal a big secret if I say that the vast majority of chess players love tactical play and hate slow maneuvering. Indeed, tactics are beautiful and exciting and positional chess is weird and boring. That is, if you don't under... | Read More

  • The 7 Most Amazing Chess Records

    Chess is a game with a long history and many more statistics and records than there are squares on the board. Chess fans have been fervently compiling facts and numbers on the game, inspired by the truth that unlike so many other competitive pur... | Read More

    • Petrosian's Sense of Danger

      A sense of danger ... it's the one trait I wish I could improve. When I face higher rated and tougher opponents, the first thing I notice is how hard and tough there defence.   This move by Petrosian impressed me greatly. His ability to defuse ... | Read More

    • Botvinnik deceives Petrosian

      I was very impressed by Botvinniks' annotations to the 11th Game of his World Championship Match against Petrosian in 1963.   To me, this is a very deep and high level of chess. Had I not seen this commentary I would not have understood his int... | Read More

    • Petrosian-Botvinnik, World Championship Game 5

      If there was a game I wish I had been able to play, it's this one. There are no specatular sacrifices or dazzling combinations. To me, this is high level chess. Clear, logical, overpowering. It is ... Petrosian.   I must have played through thi... | Read More

    • Paramount Chess Database

      The biggest names in chess, Garry Kasparov among others, used to say: " We are Children of the Informant." And new generations of world class players are keeping that tradition alive today. We have been reaching out to the entire chess world for h... | Read More

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    • Music to listen to during Chess Study

      Studying Chess can be a lonely pursuit.   I prefer music with no lyrics for Chess Study.   Whilst actually playing a game I never listen to music.   Here I my recommendations for music best suited for specific areas of Chess Study.   P... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • Fischer, Robert

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    Robert (Bobby ) Fischer was born in Chicago on March 9, 1943.  He was the 11th world chess champion (1972-1975).  He was the youngest national junior champion (13), the youngest American chess champion ever (14), the youngest grandmaster... Read More »

  • Huebner, Robert

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    Robert Heubner, born Nov 6, 1948, is a German Grandmaster (1971) and strongest German player since World War II.  In 1967 he won the German championship.  In 1971 he was playing in a candidates match with Petrosian when he made a mistake... Read More »

  • Boleslavasky, Isaac

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    Isaak Efremovich Boleslavsky (1919-1977) was a Soviet International Grandmaster (1950) and journalist.   He was born June 19, 1919 in Zolotonosha, in the Ukraine.  He taught himself chess at the age of nine.  In 1936, he took 3... Read More »

  • Petrosian, Tigran Vartanovich

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    Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (1929-1984) was a Soviet Grandmaster (1952) and 9th world chess champion (1963-1969).  Between 1968 and 1975 he never lost more than a single game in any tournament.  He drew more than half his total gam... Read More »