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  • The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Two

    In last week's article, we started an analysis of a bizarre game I played ten years ago in the U.S. Championship. The key moment happened around move 15 when, quoting the ChessBase article, Serper "started moving his bishop back and forth between ... | Read More

  • Queen: The Supporting Actress

    About a year and a half ago, I had the honor of working with GM Yasser Seirawan for two days during his visit to the Bay Area. Yasser is a four-time U.S. Champion whose storied professional career spans more than 30 years, and he also possesses th... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 5): Singing the Middle-aged Blues

    Before we leap into Part 5 of this 7-part series, I’m going to make one last effort to help the “Alekhine was afraid of Capablanca” people grasp a handful of reality. After you read this, feel free to misquote me (and other sourc... | Read More

  • The Analysis Tree: Applications in Chess Theory and Practice

                Chess, as it has often been said, has more possible strategies than there are atoms in the universe. Yet chess is a finite game because of certain rules; for example, the game is declared drawn if a specific position is repeated ... | Read More

  • Having Fun With Blunders

    Recently I was involved in a small discussion about blunders and was shocked that the term’s meaning wasn’t as rock solid as I had thought. Everyone is used to symbols like “?” (poor or bad move), “?!” (dubious), “!” (good or exce... | Read More

    • Reading Silman

      It has been a while since I have written anything so to all my fans I wish to say.... Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Haunika, Happy Ramadan, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday (even though you forgot mine), Happy Valintines ... | Read More

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    • How Carlsen Moves a Chess Piece

      Note: I intend this article to be a bit tongue in cheek; the tone is taken from the pedantic stylings of Emily Post. I genuinely enjoy stylish piece movement, but of course, the only important thing is to be respectful of your opponent. One of th... | Read More

    • Seirawan's Novelty in The Pirc

      I was recently watching an excellent lecture by Yasser Seirawan on youtube. He was discussing the Pirc Defense. He started by explaining each move in the following line. Seirawan explained that before he tried his novelty idea of 8. ...O-O follo... | Read More

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      • | Feb 6, 2014
    • Tata Steel part 1

      The 76th Tata Steel Chess Tournament is underway and so far I think the participants in the Masters and Challengers have been treating the audience greatly with attractive attacking chess. As a Dutch chess fanatic I have the privilege following th... | Read More

      • RobertRis
      • | Jan 16, 2014
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    • Chess Mastery: Methods of a patzer

      Hi All !!! Welcome to my first blog post to This article is "honestly" dedicated to all my patzer friends who are reading more that one book simultaneously on chess Openings and have no idea about the endgame, which is a term heard o... | 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 »