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  • Stalemate

    S T A L E M A T E _______________________________________________________      The existing rule has this in its favour, that it appeals strongly to the sporting instincts of mankind; and the last chance which it affords to a player who ap... | Read More

  • How to Ruin Your Pawn Structure

    "Pawns are the soul of chess." In general, I loathe chess clichés, but some statements are so true, so deep, that they defy the notion of banality. Think about it. An inveterate patron of the Café de la Régence, an eighte... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Mar 7, 2014

    "If I play for a legal trap and it doesn't work, can I still have a good game?" Sounds like you might be a lawyer (or need to consult one)!  This is also a good example of how I need to "interpret" questions on my Q&A show. Since the questi... | Read More

  • Chess and Music

    Hello, and welcome to my first article for  Given that I'm not a professional chess player (far from it) and that my actual occupation is in music it was easy to decide upon the subject of music and chess, especially as there's been so... | Read More

  • 0 - 2000. A roadmap of chess knowledge.

    First I must make a disclaimer. The following list is based on nearly thirty years of playing and grinding my way up through the ranks as well as coaching chess to players in these ranks for nearly twenty years. The list is still highly subjective... | Read More

    • Puzzle #1 – Philidor’s Legacy

      Puzzle #1 – Philidor’s Legacy, first recorded in the writings of Luís Ramírez Lucena, 1497 | Read More

    • Philidor Posision

      (A Critical Defensive Stand!) | Read More

      • Ronliv
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    • Chess Related Music

      Warning: this is not about goooood music. It just has to mention chess in some way. Let's start with a masterpiece, it will make everything clear... "Schach durch die Dame im Spiel" [Check through the Queen] by Roland Kaiser, a king of the "sch... | Read More

    • Completely new Opening?

      Do you ever wonder if all openings are already studied in depth? Do you think that chess openings that are never considered good will be in a new generation of chess become good solid openings? We do not see many Philidors openings, Alekhines def... | Read More

      • Sanga
      • | Apr 1, 2014
    • Iowa Class D Championship

      I'm rated below Class D, but thought I'd take my chances and play in the Class D championship this year.  I ended up coming in second.  This is a long blog...because they were GOOD games...the kind where people said to me, "You WON?" afterwards.... | 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 »