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  • The Ages of Chess

    Caveat: The terms I use in the below essay are strictly my own invention and are not, by any means, generally accepted nomenclature. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * \ Chess Comes of Age /      Around the end of the 15t... | Read More

  • Max Euwe And The Slav Defense

    In 1935 a surprising thing happened. The fourth world champion, Alexander Alekhine, widely considered a genius, lost a match to the Dutch master, Max Euwe. Euwe was unique among world champions for several reasons. First, he was the only one who... | Read More

  • Goose-Stepping Down Under

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia.  Like Tal, Ozols was... | Read More

  • Saving Chess With The a-Pawn

    The first part of this article has brought a great response and many reader suggestions. But I have a confession to make. It was a totally tongue-in-cheek article and I am surprised that the majority of our readers took it for face ... | Read More

  • Shadow Pictures of the Vienna Players

         The Vienna Chess Tournament of 1898, one of many tournaments sponsored by Albert von Rothschild, ran from May 31 to July 25 and was played at the Vienna Chess Club.  It attracted many strong and now-famous masters. Tarrasch and Pillsb... | Read More

    • Catching Up – A Season in a Post

      Hi everyone, check out my original post at! As some of you already know, I'm repurposing my blog from breaking 2000 (which I successfully completed last November) to documenting my journey to the 2016 US Junior Open... | Read More

    • Crafty Colorado

      Colorado Gambit, while may not be the most theoretically sound opening, regularly played at GM level, it’s a very aggressive and crafty opening for black that helps him take control the center. Many players never met with this opening and that ... | Read More

    • Advanced Rook Endgames: Techniques You Must Know and Some Just for Fun!

      It has been said (and I agree) that the main difference between non-titled players and titled players is the found in the transition between different parts of the game. There are four different phases of a chess game: The Opening: Piece develop... | Read More

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    • El diabólico Alfil en g8

      <En el curso de un ataque en el flanco de rey, a menudo un alfil blanco termina en la casilla h7. Generalmente el álfil ha dado jaque anteriormente, obligando al rey a ir a la casilla h8. Ocasionalmente, sin embargo, este alfil puede impedir ... | Read More


        Yandaş medya önce: "Hüseyin Sözlü, İskilipli Atıf Hoca'ya Şeyh Sait ve Seyyit Rıza ile bir tutmak suretiyle küfür etti." Yandaş medya sonra: "Hüseyin Sözlü, İskilipli Atıf Hoca, Şeyh Sait ve Seyyit Rıza'ya uygun olmayan cü... | Read More

      • | Sep 22, 2015

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  • Chajes, Oscar

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    Oscar Chajes was born in Brody, Galacia, Austria-Hungary (what is now Ukraine) on December 14, 1873.  In 1909 he was the winner of the U.S. Open in Excelsior, Minnesota.  He became secretary of the Isaac L. Rice Progressive Chess Club.  In 1... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »

  • The English Opening

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    This Chess opening involves the first move c4, (called The English Opening because a group of English players in around the 1890's often played it, including Howard Staunton), it is played as one of the main opening choices for white- an alternati... Read More »

  • endgame study

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    An Endgame Study is a composed problem in an endgame position that contains an aesthetic solution, and is usually hard to find. There are many such studies, and famous composers include GM Pal Benko, Ladislav Prokes,Richard Reti,and Alexei Troitsk... Read More »

  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... Read More »