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  • Stalemate

    S T A L E M A T E _______________________________________________________      The existing rule has this in its favour, that it appeals strongly to the sporting instincts of mankind; and the last chance which it affords to a player who ap... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 3

    Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment, alluding to my article, You Have It He Doesn’t! Part 1, which was all about... | Read More

  • How to Ruin Your Pawn Structure

    "Pawns are the soul of chess." In general, I loathe chess clichés, but some statements are so true, so deep, that they defy the notion of banality. Think about it. An inveterate patron of the Café de la Régence, an eighte... | Read More

  • Weak Squares? Who Cares?

    To chessify Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that all chess players in possession of a weak square are doomed to a miserable existence. The concept of weak squares appears rather straightforward: avoid creating them, but never f... | Read More

  • Player Profiles: FM Mike Klein

    If there is such a thing as a chess traveler or chess nomad, then FIDE Master Mike Klein is one of them. He is also a popular chess writer, coach and journalist, and for Klein chess is a pleasant way to make his way through life. Here at | Read More

    • 5 chess game best of three zuccotti park

      t’s six in the morning in Zucotti Park. Quiet hours started at eleven, but that isn’t stopping the kid behind me from singing and playing Bob Dylan’s greatest hits on his guitar. I politely tolerate it until he starts to play “Rainy Day Wo... | Read More

    • My daughter or The sweetest surprise

      My daughter doesn’t play chess. That is, she knows the rules, but after some initial tries she decided that the game was not for her. Nevertheless, it’s hard to avoid chess completely in our house, so I found out that almost every time a new... | Read More

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      • | Apr 8, 2014
    • This is Ukraine today. 06/04/2014 .10 languages.

      Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!Russia has carried out an act of aggression towards Ukraine. Russian troops have entered Crimea. Thus we take it upon ourselves to inform you about the events in Ukraine. We will provide you with yet ano... | Read More

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    • If you feel the need for personal attack and bad language

      There is (unfortunately in my oppinion) such a place on It is called Open Discussion ( and it is unmoderated. Although the descripion claims that "the group remains within site rules", th... | Read More

      • mcris
      • | Apr 5, 2014
    • Updated Puzzle Contest!

      Hey viewers! I decided to update my puzzle contest! So, here are the new rules: I'll award points for each puzzle, as far as difficulty (1-5). If the puzzle doesn't work out, or the mated player can escape, you will lose points (unless you have... | Read More

      • chessgm8
      • | Apr 4, 2014

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  • Chess960

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    Chess960 (Fischer random) is a chess variant created by Bobby Fischer where the pieces on the back rank are randomized, there are 960 possible starting possitions, hence the name Chess960 As you can see the pawns a still on rank 2/7 but the piece... Read More »

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »

  • Chess

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    Chess is a game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a square grid of 64 squares. The earliest known ancestor of modern chess was an Indian game called Chaturanga, where the knight, King, and Rooks moved ... Read More »

  • Queen

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    Originally called mantri (a minister or counselor), it could only move to one adjacent diagonal square.  When chess came to Europe, the Queen could leap three squares.  By 1475 the Queen obtained its present power of moving along the ranks and f... Read More »

  • Crazyhouse Chess

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    Crazyhouse chess is a chess variant similar to Bughouse chess but played with 2 players and no teams. Each player has a "pocked" or "reserve" for pieces. Every time a piece is captured the capturing player gets a piece of the same type and of thei... Read More »