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  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Smith-Morra Gambit.  As the Smith-Morra began to encounter strong players, a variety of different responses developed. In the early days, declining the gambit was actually quite popular. In fact, ... | Read More

  • 6 Chess Moves You Have To Play Before You Die

    The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More

  • The Two-Knight Advantage

    Two active bishops working in tandem are a mighty force. Indeed, the bishop's long range enables it to dominate vast swaths of the board, and to simultaneously play both a defensive and an attacking role. While the power of two bishops is... | Read More

  • The Longest Plan In Chess

    Chess is well known as a game of strategy. This is why it is prominently pictured in all kinds of television commercials that have to showcase long-term planning (e.g. insurance, banking, etc.). It is a popular myth among people who don't play c... | 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


    • Gibraltar Masters 2015. Fire On The Board

      January 27 has started a big chess festival comprising a powerful Open tournament, which takes place in the overseas territory of the UK - the picturesque Gibraltar. Photo Louis Cantillo. In the main event, you can see eight 2700+ GMs, includin... | Read More

    • Improving at Chess Tactics - train the visual and the logical

      There is both a visual and a logical piece to chess, and both need to be trained.   Beginners need to know basic tactical motifs -- both what they look like (visual), and how they work (logical).  For the visual piece they need to know, for exa... | Read More

      • Doirse
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    • The English (1. c4) -- both aggressive & prophylactic!

      I essentially make two arguments based on this recent game: (1) for the English opening as white and (2) for the power of prophylaxis (you never know where it's lurking; perhaps we should keep an eye out for it as we would, say, a capture-che... | Read More

      • eltenedor
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    • Introduction to Najdorf Sicilian

      Introduction to Najdorf Sicilian (IM Jose Gascón)           The Najdorf Sicilian its probably the most popular defense of entire history of chess against 1.e4... The Najdorf starts after            The popularity of this defe... | Read More

      • JRgascon
      • | Jan 28, 2015
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    • Introducción a la Siciliana Najdorf (MI Jose Gascón)

      Introducción a la Siciliana Najdorf (MI Jose Gascón)                        La Siciliana Najdorf es probablemente la defensa mas popular a nivel histórico contra 1.e4 y se produce tras                      ... | Read More

      • JRgascon
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  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

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    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, born October 21, 1990, is a French Grandmaster.  In 2002, he was 2nd in the World Under-14 Championship.  In 2005, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 4 months, the 7th youngest GM in history and the 2nd young... Read More »

  • Foygel, Igor

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    Igor Foygel was born in Kiev in 1947.  He represented the republic of Ukraine in national youth chess competitions.  He became a master in 1974 and later became an International Master of Correspondence Chess.  He immigrated to the United State... Read More »

  • Abreu Delgado, Aryam

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    Aryam Abreu-Delgado was born on July 9, 1978 in Cuba.  He was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2008.  His best Elo rating was 2502 in 2008.  In 2007, he took 4th place in the Cuban Championship.  He took 1st place at the Capablanca Memorial Op... Read More »