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    • Chess Tactics Training in the last month

      As said in an earlier blog post, i try to apply this method of tactical training: So i started on Arpil 27th: With this i think had a much better feeling ... | Read More

    • Endgame Training

      A few months ago I began working seriously to improve my endgame play. I had been meaning to do this for a long time, but what finally convinced me was losing from a completely won position in a game against my invariably superior but charitably h... | Read More

    • Holding on - A Learning Experience

      When I was a kid, I played pretty sharp chess and by putting quick pressure on opponents, did OK. However, when I didn't get an early initiative I often collapsed. I had a few too many games where as soon as I realized my position was bad, I would... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | May 12, 2015
    • A Pair of Bishop Pairs

      I love the bishop pair. In an open board a pair of bishops can be devastating. In two recent games, both only 19 moves long, I obtained the bishop pair and used them to inflict holy hell upon my opponent! You might like this pair of bishop pairs: ... | Read More

    • Game Analysis #1

      Here it is, my first game analysis. This was one of my recent games in Live Chess, standard time. Even though I won, I felt like I made lots of wrong moves. I started off and had gotten a huge advantage, then I grew overconfident and screwed every... | 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

    • 21 Reads
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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
    • | 21 Reads

    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
    • | 1561 Reads

    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 »