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  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Tactics!

    Do you find yourself getting a good position only to spoil it by missing a simple tactic?  How about getting a promising attack but failing to find a forced mate or win of material?  I hope these five simple tips will help to sharpen y... | Read More

  • Pawn Endgames: A Practical Guide

    Let us begin with a small challenge. Take a look at the following diagram: It is the starting position, stripped of all pieces except kings. If you managed to examine it without a yawn, eye roll, or grimace, you have passed the test . ... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations

    This new series is all about attacking chess, 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 ... | Read More

  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More

  • Louis Paulsen II

         I'd written about Paulsen several times in different places. HERE is my article at Chess.com of which I'll consider this an extension.      Why write more on Louis Paulsen?  I am fascinated with the 19th century and chess during th... | Read More


    • A Mighty Fortress - Part 1

      In today's blog post, we will look at fortress positions. We will look at what they are and look at a couple examples. We will look at a position that I reached in a recent game and decide whether it is a fortress or not. Continue on to learn mor... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Apr 25, 2015
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    • Second tournament match: a draw (1.5/2)

      Hi again, yesterday night I played my second game in the XXVII Internacional Vila de Sant Boi, which finished in a draw after we both had our chances in a game that had a positional fight at first, then a tactical flash that finished in a major s... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | Apr 25, 2015
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    • Men, Women and Nigel Short 2: An academic response

      SUMMARY: Short’s article was not as controversial as it has been made out to be Short based his claims on two recent academic contributions – one statistical comment and one study on FIDE data – that suggested that gender gaps cannot be exp... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Apr 24, 2015
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    • Nigel Short Gyrates the Gender Issue

      I hasten to thank Grandmaster Nigel Short for the juicy conversation starter.  My response is a mixed bag, like my chess progress and women's achievements. Results could be better, but there are bigger distractions, and no more time can ... | Read More

      • zealandzen
      • | Apr 23, 2015
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    • Breaking out of the Maroczy Bind in The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon - Part 2

      Hello Chess Fans, Black's strongest weapon against 1.e4 is the Sicilian Defence 1...c4. The Dragon and Accelerated Dragon are Black's most direct counterattacking schemes in the Sicilian, where a fianchettoed bishop on g7 exerts a powerful infl... | Read More


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  • 2 rooks checkmate

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    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • Pawn

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    The new pawn move, advancing two squares on its first move instead of one, was first introduced in Spain in 1280.  Starting a game by making two pawn moves before the opponent moved was common in Germany and Holland up to the 16th century, and st... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns

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    Hi! This is Chessking47 (or CK47) writing about Mating Patterns. First, Anastasia's Mate.              I hope you enjoyed that cute mate. Now, the mate can be applied more strikingly. Combine decoy and clearance sacrifice. ... Read More »

  • Chess960

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    Chess960 (Fischer random) is a chess variant created by Bobby Fischer where the pieces on the back rank are randomized, there are 960 possible starting possitions, hence the name Chess960 As you can see the pawns a still on rank 2/7 but the piece... Read More »

  • 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 »