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  • 6 Chess Moves You Have To Play Before You Die

    The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More

  • Adonis

         I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | Read More

  • Protecting Overprotection

    I think about chess a lot. I think about chess news, chess history, chess openings and endgames, my chess friends (living and dead), beautiful chess games, and how my 4,000 chess books are pushing me out of my home. But my main chess thoughts ar... | Read More

  • Eight Is Enough

    Professor: Good afternoon, class. Are you ready for some chess? Three quarters of the students expressed a certain readiness. One quarter didn't. Rachel: I think all eight of us are ready, professor. Zephyr: Eight? Are there really that many... | Read More

  • The Extra Knight

    Professor: Hello, class. Idris: Hello, professor. A number of people were smiling. Rachel: So, is there a plan for today? Wei: What kind of chess player plays without a plan? Zephyr: I never thought of the professor as being a player. Lucian... | Read More

    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 13

      Sorry I took so long following up to my last blog. I got sick with the flu right after I said I would update and once I recovered, I have been teaching chess pretty much non-stop.    Meanwhile, my video lessons groups is quickly approaching 10... | Read More

      • aww-rats
      • | Feb 26, 2015
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    • Stalemate Tricks

      Hi Chess Friends,   I thought I'd provide a few puzzles this week on the theme of stalemate, often the last tool someone can use to draw a game. Sometimes it's the result of a brilliant defensive idea and other times carelessness on the part of... | Read More

      • NMKane
      • | Feb 22, 2015
    • Chess Notebook, Part 2

      I graduated from college with dozens of notebooks floating in my wake. In my professional career I've always attended meetings with a bound notebook in hand. The process of writing notes helps me process and integrate information. So, it was na... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Feb 8, 2015
    • New way to play chess.Shakin uusi pelitapa

      Shakkia pitäisi kehittää siihen muotoon,että useammat kiinnostuisivat uudesta pelitavasta, jossa myös hyvällä onnella olisi osuutensa etevän pelistrategian suunnittelun lisäksi 1#. Arpakuutioilla katsotaan numero 1-8 ; 8-12,tarkoittaa ain... | Read More

      • kortsnoi2
      • | Feb 5, 2015
    • Instructive K+P endgame

      This is a game I played against my friend Joseph.  Ratings aside, Joseph is a much better player than me, and in this game, outplayed me most of the way.  But I had a saving grace in the ending. White is on the move in this diagram.  A tempo a... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Sarratt, Jacob Henry

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    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1821) was a chess player and author.   He was a London schoolmaster and the first professional to teach in England.  He was the house professional at the Salopian coffee house in London who played for a guinea per game... Read More »

  • The Impotent Pair

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    The Impotent Pair refers to a RP and Bishop of the "wrong color" that does not control the queening square. If the lone King cannot be prevented from arriving at the queening square ahead of the enemy King the game is a draw. In this diagram the p... Read More »

  • Stalemates

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    The Stalemate is easy to learn but hard to make. What is it? It's stalemate if one side can't make any moves with any piece. How? Let me explain by a example:            no moves!   Try this; 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 »

  • Stalemate

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    The rule regarding stalemate first appeared in Europe in A. Saul's Famous Game of Chesse-Play, published in 1614.  In England, the player who gave stalemate lost the game.  In Italy and France stalemate counted as a draw.  In Sp... Read More »