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  • How To Play A Brilliancy

    Every serious chess player dreams of creating his own Mona Lisa — a game so beautiful and memorable that he will look back on it for the rest of his career.  Unfortunately, many players tend to equate the word brilliancy with fou... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

  • How Fabiano Caruana Wins

    In his excellent 1995 work Winning Chess Brilliancies (part of the acclaimed Winning Chess series), GM Yasser Seirawan developed a novel analytical method: he literally broke every game down into its three stages, separately analyzing the open... | Read More

  • Rooks on the Seventh, Revisited

    Despite his irritable personality and somewhat dogmatic assertions, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) is the undisputed patriarch of modern positional thought. In his magnum opus My System (1925), Nimzowitsch formulated and verbalized a litany o... | Read More

  • The 10 Best Chess Cities in the World

    The game of chess has a storied history dating back to about 600 AD, with many momentous events in those 1500 years.  About half a billion people today play chess worldwide, and the game has been adopted by cultures in every continent ... | Read More

    • The Pearl of Wijk aan Zee

      I belong to a private group where a member posts a complex position every week or so and the other members perform a stoyko exercise, writing out all the their analysis of the position and then deciding on their choice for the best lin... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | May 6, 2015
    • Copycats can copy confidently

      Several chess coaches will warn you to not be a copycat (e.g. GM Seirawan in a video. GM Serper in a blog post) because this can act like a boomerang, against you. But chess is beautiful : there's many exceptions on the many "rules of thumb". On... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 29, 2015
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    • Breaking out of the Maroczy Bind in The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon - Part 1

      Hello Chess Fans, Today we will continue reviewing the Sicilian Accelerated Dragon and demonstrate various tactics used by Masters to Break out of the Maroczy Bind.  It is characterized by the moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 (Sic... | Read More

    • Short vs. Kasparov

      As the 'Clash of the Aging Titans' or a 10-game match between Nigel Short and Garry Kasparov draws nearer, I took a look at how their meetings had ended previously. Short - Kasparov: wins 17%, draws 53%, lost 30% Kasparov - Short: wins 64%, draw... | Read More

    • US Chess Championship Commentary Team Playing

      While watching the live commentary from the commentary team of Shahade, Seirawan, Schaefer and Ashley (he might still do something about his surname, to make it a 4S team :-)), it occurred to me it would be interesting to find out how the members ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Karch, Robert

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    Robert Alfred Karch (1930-2010) was born on March 24, 1930.  He was active in organized chess for over 60 years.   Robert played chess for the Lincoln High School team in Tacoma Washington in the 1940s.  He enlisted in the United States Army ... Read More »

  • Corus Chess Tournament

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    The Corus Chess Tournament is a major chess tournament played in the small seaside town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938 for Dutch players only, it became an international event in 1946 and has grown into one of the most presti... Read More »

  • Longest games

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    The longest chess game is 269 moves (Ivan Nikolic - Goran Arsovic, Belgrade 1989) which ended in a draw after over 20 hours of play.  Two other games have gone to 200 or more moves.  In 1988 at the Saloniki Olympiad, Seirawan and Xu Jun ... Read More »