If the Sicilian is the vehicle driving Black’s equalizing chances, the Dragon is its engine. For years, White has struggled to find a definite answer to counter the Sicilian. The Dragon variation, also known as the Draco Star, has only furth... | Read More
Many have tried to increase chess awareness over the years. None have succeeded to the degree GM Maurice Ashley did recently, in the Millionaire Chess Open of October 2014.
GM Ashley, a brilliant entrepreneur, took a page from the NFL for his ow... | Read More
Many comments on my previous articles have noted that while my Monday column is fun, it provides little in the way of chess instruction.
That's clearly true. As an intermediate player, I've got decent general chess knowledge, but I have to... | Read More
In the early 21st century, a new permutation of the evergreen Sicilian Dragon appeared: rather than place the queen's rook, obviously, on the open c-file, to put it instead on the closed b-file, supporting an advance of the b-pawn:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3... | Read More
Legend: a story coming down from the past; especially: one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable (Merriam Webster Dictionary).
There are great chess players and there are legendary chess players. What's the differenc... | Read More