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  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History

    For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More

  • Mastering Squares, Part 1

    When I have lessons with students, we usually go over their games. Invariably, the student comes to me thinking that the errors in the game are based on blunders, missed tactics, a bad opening, or some form of positional atrocity. Of course, thes... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, January 2015

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Another Year “Another year has gone by, and this Bulletin starts the second year of our magazine in this form. While the Tata... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Chigorin Defense at the end of the 19th century.  In the following years, Chigorin used his defense many times and demonstrated its basic themes. Let's look at some of them. Black's play on t... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 01.24.2015 - day 45

      World Champion Garry Kasparov beat Grandmaster Milorad Knezevic in Banja Luka in 1979: Black to move and checkmates in 1: In the World Championship Match in Moscow in 1985 Garry Kasparov beat Anatoly Karpov in their 16th game: Black to move a... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 01.23.2015 - day 44

      World Champion Garry Kasparov beat one of the best USSR players Oleg Romanishin in 1975: Black to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Magnus Carlsen beat World Champion Viswanathan Anand in Zuerich in 2014: White to move and checkmates ... | Read More

    • Profilactic thinking I

      Profilactic thinking I (IM Jose Gascón)            Chess players have the tendency to just look for our plans and ideas and ignore opponent's. What i want to do? What am i going to threat? But this is a wrong perspective because chess is ... | Read More

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    • I really liked this chess problem....

      1/20/2015 - Gustav Neumann vs. Carl Mayet, Berlin, 1866 ....?! For some reason I was, and perhaps I am easily so, surprised by it! | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 01.22.2015 - day 43

      Hikaru Nakamura, a top player from America beat the best Armenian player Levon Aronian in 2014 in Zuerich: White to move and checkmates in 1: In the battle of the best players of Ukraine, Vassily Ivanchuk won against Ruslan Ponomariov in Beiji... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Mating Net

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    This article is in relation to Mating Patterns Parts 1 and 2. If you didn't read those yet, please do so before reading this. When you are attacking your opponent's king, the normal reaction is to check as much as possible. It gives you a feeling... 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 »

  • Puzzles

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    some good puzzles   oh and for the one above there are other variations some including interesting mates Read More »

  • Polgar, Susan

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    Susan Polgar, born Zsuzsanna Polgar in Budapest, Hungary, was the oldest of three sisters, Judit and Sophia Polgar. She discovered the game purely by accident when she was not quite four years old. She had been rummaging around in a closet looking... Read More »

  • Loyd, Sam

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    Sam Loyd (1841-1911) was the most famous American chess composer.  He was 14 when his first chess problem was published by a New York newspaper.  As a 16 year old, he served with Paul Morphy as a contributor to Chess Monthly.  When ... Read More »