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  • How To Battle The Caro-Kann

    In the previous two articles, I have discussed the earliest beginnings of the Caro-Kann Defense as well as later usage and developments. In this third part of the four-part series, I will discuss the various methods White has evolved to oppose the... | Read More

  • The Northern Gambit

    The Northern Gambit   The moves of the  Danish or Northern Gambit are 1. e4 e5  2. d4 exd4 3. c3 -   after which Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3 or decline it in a variety of ways. The Danish or Northern Gambit      As t... | Read More

  • Little Mother

         In the 1890s women's chess in England, as in most places, was considered nearly inconsequential.  To bring this arena to the forefront required dedication, energy and persistance.  It so happened that many of the women who had those re... | Read More

  • Enlightened Chess

    The Introduction:      The second half of the 18th century into the early 19th century was marked with cultural changes previously equaled perhaps only by the Renaissance.  There were great and important political revolutions, such as those... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

    • My 10 Most Memorable Games

      My adventures in chess and the fights in the chessboard have been intense. But there are those moments ,games,that cannot be forgotten. Moments that gave you joy,moments that made you realise  you overcame what you thought impossible.Each ... | Read More

    • Carousel

      So i just started playing 1 minute chess, is like a carousel so fast x). I do not know i did play really well because in less time it is very hard to think for your move. I did win this one all le... | Read More

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      • | Mar 18, 2015
    • Learning to Play Chess: Weekly Analysis #3

      My Weekly Analysis is here. I posted 2 games that used standard time. As usual, if you have any comments about the games or in general for me, feel free to comment below or shoot me a PM. I am always looking for feedback, practice partners, and ... | Read More

    • Fawning Over the iOS App

      Several months ago I wrote an article where I examined some of the best that iOS has to offer in the way of chess apps. One of those was the official app for, where I spend much of my time reading and learning as much as I can about... | Read More

    • Vera Menchik (1st Women's World Chess Champion) Bio

      Vera Menchik 1st Women’s World Chess Champion     Vera Menchik is the first Women’s World Chess Champion. She lived from February 16, 1906 to June 27, 1944. Menchik was a British-Czech chess player who gained renown as the world's fir... | Read More

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      • | Mar 15, 2015

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    see the tactis whit to play Read More »

  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense not always a good opening?

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    it is true! i personally usually play nc6 instead of c6,but in some cases i must play c6. by 9OOO7OOO Read More »


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    A lot of players choose to play the french defence in order to slow down the action in the center and hope to play a quiet position. Ladies and gents, here's how you can go ALL IN against the french, especially in blitz! Read More »


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    The 'touch-move' rule is [particularly] used in live 'face-to-face'-type (OTB [Over The Board]) tournament- and/or match-format play.  Its use is less common in most formats of internet-chess.  It most likely evolved not only from 'formal'-... Read More »