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  • Reader Questions: Agenda, Study, And Analysis

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the, “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on I try to give a heady mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of ... | Read More

  • The Man Who Saved Philidor

        "English chess owes more to the Rev. George Atwood than it does to any other person."    - Dale A. Brandreth, chess historian and collector extraordinaire      As most folks know, the custom of saving games didn't really begin in... | Read More

  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g4!? The so-called "Li... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations: The Good Old Days

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny b... | Read More

  • The Deadly Attacks Of Romantic Chess

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny bit ab... | Read More

    • Winning with K+ Q v K+R

      This ending is harder than generally realised.  Ending textbooks usually mention the Philidor position, and state that the stronger side (White) can win by driving Black to the edge of the board, but underestimate Black's defensive resources. Th... | Read More

      • DavidMMIX
      • | Jun 26, 2015
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    • Chess Masta rap song Couple grand in a weekend, at the tourney I defeat them, and this feat, I'm repeating to the beat, so they freaking, Got that off board talent Cause my rhymes aint failin' got that on board talent, cau... | Read More

    • Open Games: Philidor Defense

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      • DAlbanesi
      • | Jun 20, 2015
    • Rooks Belong Behind Passed Pawns

        Rooks Belong Behind Passed Pawns Here is a trustworthy saying: “Rooks belong behind passed pawns, it does not matter whether it is your pawn or not”. Behind passed pawns is a good idea because you do not get interfered with attack square... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jun 20, 2015
    • Philidor Countergambit & Lopez Countergambit: Position-by-position computer analysis

      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6                                                                 3.Bc4 f5                                                                 4.d3               ... | Read More

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 »