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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

    • The Nd5 Sacrifice in the Sicilian

      I actually wanted to share one of my most recent games, that which I won against a 2219. In the opening, I blundered a pawn, and since I knew I would have had bad chances a pawn down, I decided to get compensation otherwise--the Sicilian Knight Sa... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Nov 4, 2015
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    • A Practical Manual for Improving Opening-Middlegame Play: Part II

      In the first part of this series, we looked at the unique values Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide offers in comparison to other books on the subject of pawn structures. This time, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite positions and ideas fro... | Read More

      • Sadorraski
      • | Nov 3, 2015
    • Back to the Sicilian

      A few weeks ago a chess friend asked me how my score was with Scandinavian defense, and I looked it up for recent games. About 80% for 720 games. He was impressed but also wrote that he thinks that the Scandinavian defense easily gives white a goo... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Oct 21, 2015
    • A Practical Manual For Improving Opening-Middlegame Play

      How does a master think and play after the opening? Does he come up with brand new plans and ideas for every game? A master or a master-caliber player will almost always outplay amateur and club players due to superior knowledge and understanding ... | Read More

      • Sadorraski
      • | Oct 17, 2015
    • Sac-to-win puzzles

      Fresh puzzles from recent games. Easy and medium. Enjoy ! | Read More

      • achja
      • | Oct 17, 2015

Video Lessons

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    I know this won't help you learn more but it might be nice to look at game. I made these games all up okay? And I am not perfect so feel free to point out a mistake   That was pretty exiting?!? Just don't move your Queen to early. Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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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 »

  • 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 »