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  • Review: Playing the Trompowsky

    I recently took a train from Amsterdam to the quaint little Belgium town of Bruges. Looking for a book to keep me occupied for the four hour ride, I remembered my review copy of Richard Pert’s Playing the Trompowsky, which is certainly thinner t... | Read More

  • America's First Women's Championship Match

         American women had been playing chess long before establishment of the USCF in the late 1930s.  In fact, as early as the mid 1890s, an officially conducted match was played between two highly considered lady chess players to determine t... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Smyslov vs. Botvinnik

    After Alekhine's death and the subsequent 1948 world championship tournament (covered in my article last week), the chess world began the three-year world championship cycle, which would continue in relatively orderly fashion until Kasparov and Sh... | Read More

  • You Won't Believe This Simple Trap Even GMs Miss

    There are many different traps in chess. Some of them are so well known that you can hardly use these tricks even against relatively weak players. However, some traps are good enough to catch even grandmasters.  Sometimes, the world's leadi... | Read More

  • Chess in the Vieux Carré

         The Vieux Carré  or French Quarter, cradled in the crescent of the Mississippi River, was the original site of La Nouvelle-Orléans.  Although during the 19th century New Orleans expanded and become more Americanized eroding th... | Read More


    • Annotated Correspondence #2 Caro-Kann 2.e5?!

      This game was very strange for me, not because the game was so very disappointing to play but because of the chatter between myself and my opponent. Once the game was clearly over (on 17...Bxc5 the comp marks me a queen up) and actually quite ... | Read More

    • 2014 Week 1 Review: St. Louis Arch Bishops vs. Baltimore Kingfishers

      St. Louis Arch Bishops vs. Baltimore Kingfishers 2.5-1.5 GM Le Quang Liem (2785) - GM Niclas Huschenbeth (2603) 1-0 View Game GM Varuzhan Akobian (2758) - IM Levan Bregadze (2530) 1-0 View Game WGM Anna Sharevich (2367) - NM Jared Defibaugh (23... | Read More

    • Leicestershire Major, Rd 5, C Ross v S Dawkins

      35 moves in 60 minutes, then 20 minutes to finish, with 10 second increment throughout. Not to make excuses (honestly), but I felt lousy last night whilst playing this game, and have a stomach upset today.  In two of the three online blitz ga... | Read More

    • Chess is Life

      One of Bobby Fischer’s famous utterances is that “Chess is life.” For him that statement may have had a more literal interpretation than for most of us, but metaphorically I do believe that chess is life.  However, life is not a chess ga... | Read More

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    • Chapter 1 - How to Reassess Your Chess (4th edition) by IM Silman (Part 1)

      Part 1 - The Concept of Imbalances "A sound plan makes us all heroes, the absence of a plan, idiots." -G.M. Kotov   Imbalances - Learning the ABCs Just about everyone has problems with planning. The typical player does what he feels like do... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... Read More »

  • Capablanca, Jose

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    Cuban-born, Jose Capablanca (1888-1942) was American-educated and sent to a private school (Woodycliff School of South Orange) in New Jersey when he was 16 in 1904.  He joined the Manhattan Chess Club at that time and impressed many of the pl... Read More »