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  • A Month of Studies: Part 2

    For the past week, 5 hours a day, I have worked on studies. Every morning at 10:00 or so I sit indian-style on the floor of my room and begin to work with my floor board. I also have a magnetic board for when I am tired of sitting, and when I am u... | Read More

  • Un Lucena mal planteado

    El título del siguiente post es curioso, ya lo sé, pero "iré por partes" como decía Jack el Destripador. El Lucena es una conocida posición de finales de ajedrez que es fundamental para aquellos que quieran progresar en su técnica de ... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Oct 25, 2013

    "What do you tell someone who is losing too much?" The main reason for losing too much is playing too many players who are much higher rated than you! So we have to ask, "Do you mean you are in a slump (If so, check out Breaking a Slump) and losi... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Sep 13, 2013

    Friday the 13th wasn't too unlucky for the show - we had lots of varied and interesting questions. Today's show was moved back an hour to allow for the finish of the telecast of the 4th round of the Sinquefield Cup. One question involved the Worl... | Read More

  • Computers in chess... Cheaters paradise.

    In the last week's article I touched the subject of cheaters who use computer engines during their games. To my great surprise, judging by reader's messages, many of you are not aware of this problem.  I was asked how can cheaters possibly us... | Read More

    • Rook Endings That Every Tournament Player Should Know

      Lucena Position Philidor Defense (The Endgame) Vancura Position The first two positions are incredibly important for the tournament player. The last one, the Vancura Position, is a defensive technique that some IMs (International Mast... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Jan 17, 2015
    • The Sad State of Chess on Mac

      Read the original version at Campfire Chess. Prior to 2009, I was a die-hard Windows user. Once a year I would order a collection of parts from NewEgg and Tiger Direct to build myself a custom PC or upgrade an older system with new memory or... | Read More

    • 1.3.15 - Game #59

      Myself (1375 ELO) vs. Shredder, on Android, set at 1512 ELO. The annotations were added from my notes during the game, some notes upon reviewing the game afterwards, and move ratings and variations suggested by analysis with Stockfish, 30 seconds ... | Read More

      • cortman
      • | Jan 6, 2015
    • Merry Christmas

      Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year -- visiting family, consuming excess amounts of food and drink, reflecting on the year gone by and what the next year might bring, and witnessing miracles. I had a chess miracle today when playing... | Read More

      • logosx1
      • | Dec 11, 2014
    • Gotta Get that Feedback!

      "How can I best improve my play?" "Does doing X help me improve?" "My goal is to be an expert. How can I best get there?" These are very typical of many questions I get on our monthly TV show Q&A with Coach Heisman (the first Frid... | Read More

      • danheisman
      • | Dec 7, 2014

  • Chess Engines

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    A chess engine is a computer program which is capable of playing a game of chess.  Chess engines do not usually have a GUI (Graphical User Interface) and are designed to be used with a separate GUI.  Commercial chess programs normally ha... Read More »

  • Almasi, Zoltan

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    Zoltan Almasi, born Aug 29, 1976, was a Hungarian Grandmaster (1993) at the age of 17.  He has won the Hungarian championship six times.  In 2000 he was ranked #23 in the world.  In 1993, he won the World Junior Championsh... Read More »