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  • Using The Chess Saw

    "We have to play by the !@#$ rules!" -- Amanda Young, Saw II. In last week's article, we discussed a dangerous strategic concept, the saw. So, what should you do if your opponent turns it against you? Well, as Amanda put it, you should ... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 3

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? For those that want the full introductory prose, please go to part one of this series. For the busy masses who have things to do and places to go, here’s a nutshe... | Read More

  • The Caro-Kann: A History

    We turn our attention to a defense that has been known for its solidity from the very beginning: the Caro-Kann Defense. Surely the moves 1.e4 c6 have been played in casual games long ago -- probably soon after the modern rules of chess were inst... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

  • 5 Skills Chess Teaches Kids

    Chess can serve as an extremely powerful education tool. It instills key lessons that aren’t directly taught in the classroom. Through my own chess upbringing beginning when I was five years old, and later through passing on knowledg... | Read More

    • Dealing With Time Management & Time Troubles - Part 1

      Hello Chess Fans, TICK...TOCK...TICK...TOCK...T I M chess is the elusive element that's equally as decisive in winning or losing a game as your openings, tactics and endgame strategies.  Yet, it's not often SERIOUSLY discussed in chess st... | Read More

    • Pawns - two moves rule : Is Quantum Reality affecting you too?!! ...

      Chess, it seems appeared in 1475;  later, in  Rules of the Medieval game of chess - specifically, how the Pawns and Pieces moved - Pawns could only move one move at a time. In the original 6th Century India game of Chatarunga, the four pawns ... | Read More

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    • Tournaments and 500-game Players

      I've had the opportunity now to play chess here for a few years and I really enjoy the site and the opportunity it presents to play the game. It allows for a quick game, a long game, a single game, tournaments, and everything between. I like that ... | Read More

    •'s stance on "children."

      Hi everyone, so I'm going to start this blog by referencing's terms of service: 13+ This is malarky, no one cares how old people are on this site and that's a major problem. It's like this, you have a user who claims to be 10 year o... | Read More

    • Another Thing I Love About Chess

      There is an aspect of chess that I didn't notice until I grew older, but it has made the game all the more enjoyable. At a certain point in life you come to realize that just about every endeavor you engage in -- whether it's work, friends, roman... | Read More

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      • | Mar 22, 2015

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  • Chess

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    Chess is a world-famous game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64-square board of alternating colors (black and white, or, most commonly, light and dark). The earliest known ancestor of modern chess ... Read More »

  • Castling

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    Castling is the only time in the game when more than one piece may be moved during a turn.  Castling can only occur if there are no pieces standing between the king and the rook.  Neither king nor rook may have moved from its original position.... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »