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  • Marathon Games In The Zalakaros Open

    In part one of my series on the Zalakaros Open, I described coming to Hungary and showed the first three games I played in the tournament. Honestly, the tournament didn't have a good start. Not only did I lose with the white pieces against GM Ga... | Read More

  • A Guide To Underpromotion

    The concept of underpromotion epitomizes the beauty of chess. Mathematically speaking, the queen is far and away the most potent force on the board. Yet there are certain situations in which the lady's subordinates are more deserving of reincarnat... | Read More

  • 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

    • Saving a lost position

      As competitors we all like to win chess games.However as we are imperfect we will always sooner or later wind up in inferior or even lost positions throughout our chess careers.So how to save a half point or win from an inferior or lost position?F... | Read More

    • End Game Practice

      This blog post is so I can come back and practice some endgame ideas.  Everyone is more than welcome to use these puzzles ass well. Puzzle #1, Black to move and stalemate or draw. Puzzle #2, white to move and win. Puzzle #3, white to move a... | Read More

      • Bumper72
      • | Sep 22, 2015
    • Global Influence of Chess

      This will be a short blog about how great is the influence of chess to creations of some characters for a movies or TV-shows, but in their content goes nothing about the chess at all!   1) First on my list would be a Chechoslovakian animated TV... | Read More

    • Shortest Stalemate

      Weird Game leads to shortest stalemate. Sad day for Joe :) | Read More

      • GM_Nikhil
      • | Aug 22, 2015
    • How Analysing My Own Games led me to Anand's novelty

      This blog is part of a concerted effort by me to analyse my own game, without the use of a computer.   This is the hardest part of chess study for me, as it's difficult to aim for self reflection.    I managed to fit this blitz game in whil... | 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 »