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  • The Anti-Sicilian Without A Name

    Among the less-trodden paths White can follow against the Sicilian Defense is the system with the seemingly paradoxical combination of Nc3 and Bb5. To my knowledge, this variation, unlike most of the other anti-Sicilians, has no name.... | Read More

  • How To Play A Counterblow

    The ability to recover after a tactical oversight is a difficult skill to master. Indeed, the temptation to panic after blundering an ostensibly crushing sacrifice or combination is overwhelming. It is the mark of a strong, experienced player to r... | Read More

  • Review: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5

    If you were to ask a hundred grandmasters to name the most difficult chess variation about which to write an opening book, my guess is that the 6 Bg5 Najdorf would be the frontrunner. It is perhaps the most analysed line in chess history, the pi&e... | Read More

  • Riding The Winds Of Fashion, Part 3

    Warning! This is a fairly advanced article. I try to write for players of all ratings, so sometimes I explore basic stuff, and other times I bow to the 1800-and-above crowd. Though the opening in question is too advanced for beginners, I hope that... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, June 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Second Norm “In May I took two weeks off from work. Shortly before it started I decided to play an open tournament in Liechte... | Read More


    • Blocked for no reason

      While looking at my recent games, I have found out that a particular user block me. You are blocked from this user's notes! I was pretty surprised to see that message. I did not do anything to him. If we will try to look at our game, we can obs... | Read More

      • IceSkating
      • | Jul 17, 2015
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      • | 2 comments
    • Chess Structures in Practice - The Catalan Gambit

      I write this blog to share some of the ideas from my book Chess Structures, published earlier this year. Each blog posts expands upon some of the concepts shown in my book, by analying a recent game amont strong players.   Throughout the past m... | Read More

    • Norway Chess Predictions After 4 Rounds

      Magnus Carlsen is in last place with only one draw in four games.  Can he come back to make the podium or even win the event?!  To find out I created some framework to pull out a expected score (ES) for each match. ES Criteria History between ... | Read More

    • Chess Training and a few recent games

      Since summer break has started, along with looking for a seasonal job, I've been able to spend a good bit of time on my chess. Recently, I picked up Lev Alburt's Chess Training Pocket Book, 300 most important positions and ideas, and am very impr... | Read More

    • Chess Tactics Training in the last month

      As said in an earlier blog post, i try to apply this method of tactical training: http://www.chess.com/blog/Die_Schanze/dan-heismans-recommended-tactic-training-applied So i started on Arpil 27th: With this i think had a much better feeling ... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Dake, Arthur

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    Arthur W. Dake (1910-2000) became a bridge toll collector, then a highway auto controller, and finally an automobile inspector for the state of Oregon after serving in the merchant marines when he was 16.  He learned how to play chess at age 17 ... Read More »

  • Acers, Jude Frazer

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    Jude Acers was born in Long Beach on April 6, 1944.  He is a U.S. senior chess master living in New Orleans who has set several world record simultaneous exhibition records.  He learned to play chess at age 7 and was a master at age 17.  In 1... Read More »

  • Najdorf, Miguel

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    Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) was a Polish-born player who stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of World War II and became a naturalized citizen of Argentina five years later.  Najdorf escaped the Holocaust, but he lost his wife, child, parents an... Read More »

  • Saemisch, Friedrich

    • 21 Reads
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    Friedrich Saemisch (1896-1975) was born in Berlin, he was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1950.  In 1921, he won the first Austrian chess championship.  Loser of more games of chess on time than any other master.  In 1959 at L... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

    • 1561 Reads
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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »