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  • Walker

    George  Walker    George Walker's life (1803-1879) spanned one of the most remarkable periods of chess.  As a chess player, he met and played such personalities as John Cochrane, William Lewis, Alexander McDonnell, Labourdonnais, Pierre Charl... | Read More

  • Professor of Chess

    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1819)      Jacob Henry Sarratt, born in 1772, worked primarily as schoolmaster but was much better known for his avocations which, of course, included chess.      After Philidor's death, Verdoni (along with Leg... | 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

  • Melik Suggests Video Series

    For 10 video lessons, GM Melikset Khachiyan is here to analyze his preferred variations of different openings. Melik is one of our favorite coaches but he is also a world-class player. Our lessons will come from games of his own and his students. ... | Read More

  • Notation

    "At the root of all advances in the science of chess-play lies the necessity of discovering an intelligible system of notation, by means of which the squares of the board may be easily defined and the moves of the pieces recorded."  — H.J.R. M... | Read More

    • Chess Game Review #8 - 1600 vs 1600

      I picked a chess game at random from my friends list to review. I share my thoughts on the game which was between a player with a rating of approximately 1600 and the other with a rating of approximately 1600. Some special attention was given quit... | Read More

    • Rook Endgames

                                                                                                          Rook Endgames-  Many players in chess thinks that rook endgames are very hard to understand .I... | Read More

      • Ncxd5_2
      • | Nov 21, 2015
    • Philidor Traps, Two Elephant Gambits

      I had previously posted some lines that highlighted traps in the Philidor defense.  I decided to play a few quick 10 min. games to see if I could get one to work.  I was able to get one game but what surprised me was that the Elephant Gambit I p... | Read More

      • Bumper72
      • | Nov 12, 2015
    • Free Game Analysis: Online Battles

      Check out the original post here! For today’s post, I would like to show an online game that shared with me from a young player out of Virginia Beach. If you too would like your game analyzed by me, make sure to send them to chess.summit@gmail... | Read More

    • Traps in the Philidor Defense

      Traps when playing as White against the Philidor.  Some of these lines are old and should be known by most players but in the heat of a Blitz or Bullet match they can come in pretty handing. Trap 1. Unpinning.  Move order is: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3... | Read More

      • Bumper72
      • | Nov 9, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Legal Trap

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    The Legal Trap is a trap that ocurs in the Philidor Defence.  It ocurs when Black tries to pin a knight to the queen. Black is down a pawn with no compensation.   Sometimes, h3 is not necessary. This example shows an example of t... Read More »

  • Cafe de Regence

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    Perhaps the most famous of coffee house where chess was played.   This coffee house was opened up in Paris in1718.  Chess players from Café Procope moved to the Café de la Regence.  Around 1740 chess players gathered there to play chess.  P... Read More »

  • Alekhine, Alexander

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    Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946) was the winner of the first Soviet Chess Championship (1920) and the only man to die while holding the world chess championship.  He learned chess from his older brother Alexei (1888-1939).  He studied law at the S... Read More »

  • Antoshin, Vladimir

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    Vladimir Sergeyevich Antoshin (ahn-TOE-sheen) was born on May 14, 1929 in Moscow. In 1954, he was part of the Soviet team that won the silver medal in first ever Student Chess Olympiad in Oslo.  He played 1st reserve.  Korchnoi played board 1.... Read More »