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  • The Master’s Bulletin, April 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Vishy is back “The World Championship Tournament in 2007 in Mexico City was the first major event that I attended for ChessVi... | Read More

  • 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

  • "Final Answer": Determining When To Make Your Move

    On the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" the contestant lets it be known that he wants to stick with his answer by stating "Final answer!" Similarly, an over-the-board chess player commits when he intentionally touches a piece (have to move... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 3

    Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment, alluding to my article, You Have It He Doesn’t! Part 1, which was all about... | Read More

  • The Diverging Roads

    In a recent tournament, one game reached a certain ending which I had previously played a full eight years ago. That was a decent memory of a very different time. I wasn't even an IM yet, and I was still trying to establish a life in Philadelphia ... | Read More

    • First blog post. Crazy attacking game

      This is my first post. I am using 10min. games and this posting facility to reinforce what I learn. I came across Soltis book on pawn structures and was immediately inspired. Have adopted the Caro-Slav structures as a starting point and will be pl... | Read More

      • Antibody
      • | Apr 18, 2014
    • How to use ChessBase on a Mac

      (This is a short story/guide on the best way to install ChessBase on a Mac, including Macs without a DVD drive.)   Recently, I decided to embrace my inner hipster and get a Mac. (If you don't know what a hipster is, this handy flowchart from th... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Apr 18, 2014
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    • Lucky

      This blog post is mostly done in a state of fury. I been doing this series of my mistakes and after being half way done, I accidently clicked the x button on the top. There was going to be a massive amount as well since the amount of games Ive p... | Read More

      • longday576
      • | Apr 18, 2014
    • How to study

      I have recently found out most amatures don't know how to really study.  Now I'm not saying that I am not an amature, however I know how to study the game.  I have been studying for roughly 6 months...my performance rating has increased by over ... | Read More

    • Scandinavian Move By Move

      The Scandinavian: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala is a very good opening book for people looking to learn a fairly aggressive opening without having to acquire a lot of theory. Unlike other Scandinavian books, the author concentrates on the Queen ... | Read More

      • BWhited
      • | Apr 17, 2014

Video Lessons


  • King's Gambit

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    The King's Gambit is a chess opening characterised by very lively and aggresive play which is the case for most gambits. It has been very popular in the 19th century, the era of romatic chess, where attacking chess was at his peak. Nowdays it is ... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »

  • Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

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    The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 whe... Read More »

  • Trappings

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    Trapping is a common tactic. In fact it is used once each game you play! The whole point of trapping is to trap your opponent's piece, including their king. Here is an example of a bishop trapping: Kings can also be trapped! Here is an example: ... Read More »

  • Addison, William Grady

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    William Grady Addison, born Nov 28, 1933, is considered the best Go player among chess masters.   He was born in Baton Rouge, came to San Francisco in the 1950s, and was the area’s strongest player for 20 years.  He became an International Ma... Read More »