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    • So... Youtube.

      I've been watching youtube videos since I was about 15. I remember this new thing called the 'internet' becoming popular, and I heard you could find almost anything you wanted on it. I was an avid soccer player, back in the day, and I never got to... | Read More

      • PATOMARK
      • | Jul 17, 2014
      • | 217 views
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    • The last refuge

      Just a bit of pragmatic advice: tenacity is stronger than lashing out.  So often during recent games have I wanted to simplify the position, but I must resist the urge to do so!  Often opponents (and not just during simuls) will feel the urge to... | Read More

      • DandyDanD
      • | Jul 8, 2014
      • | 249 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Preparations of an amateur IV: The National Championship

      In seven days, the most important tournament of the year takes place in Trondheim, Norway. It's the national championship, with nine rounds of chess to be played over eight days.  This blog is a way for me to collect my thoughts and preparations... | Read More

    • Game against Magnus 20

      Most of my recent games have been rather uninspiring. Here is a game I played against magnus 20. It wasn't such an interesting game, but I managed a draw against a strong opponent. | Read More

    • Spur of the Moment: Over-Adjusting Your Play

      I've been training lately for the Washington Open, taking place this weekend in Seattle.   For the most part I've been playing 15 0 games on ICC (username thchozenOne), but I plan on doing other things such as a 15 0 game against myself and ana... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • 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. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... Read More »

  • Horwitz, Bernard

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    Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885) was a German-born card player(specialized in miniatures) and chess study composer.    In 1845, he settled in England and began teaching chess.  In 1846, he lost as match with Howard Staunton, losing 14 games, winni... Read More »

  • Quadrupled Pawns

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    Yes it is possible. In fact, quadrupled pawns have appeared in many games, such as this one: Alekhine went on to win. In many games quad pawns can mean a win since many would be very advanced and have promotion threats. Usually the side with them... Read More »

  • Endgames

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    Endgames are the last stage of the game.In end games you have very less pieces Read More »

  • Purdy, Cecil

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    Cecil Purdy (1906-1979) was a Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess (1953) and winner of the first world correspondence chess championship (1950-1953). In 1923, at the age of 17, he won the New Zealand Championship.  In 1929 he founded the Australa... Read More »