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  • Professor of Chess

    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1819)      Jacob Henry Sarratt, born in 1772, worked primarily as schoolmaster but was much better known for his avocations which, of course, included chess.      After Philidor's death, Verdoni (along with Leg... | Read More

  • Links to the Past

    This is the week of Halloween, a time when we dust the cobwebs, ressurect the dead and free the whispy ghosts of the departed.I thought this would be an appropriate time to open my own vault into the not-so-distant past with links to what has c... | Read More

  • 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

    • Retro Computer Chess part 1: The paper tiger

      In 1770, Wolfgang von Kempelen presented the world to The Turk, a chess playing automaton unlike anything the world had ever seen. It was all a hoax, however; The mechanical chess player was operated by a human player concealed inside the cabinet.... | Read More

      • BenRedic
      • | Nov 29, 2015
    • Most amount of Queens in a Grandmaster Game!?

      My last competitive game of chess was a completely bonkers affair; during the course of the game six different Queens made an appearance on the board!! This got me thinking about certain chess records and bizarre chess facts: Some of which we wil... | Read More

      • Ginger_GM
      • | Nov 29, 2015
    • Problems from "Lev" **Updated 11/30/15** +2 problems.

      This post will contain problems that I've solved. Enjoy! I apologize for eventual errors in advance. As part of my own training I re-create these particular puzzles from memory, and as part of my visualization training I also solve them blind-fol... | Read More

      • sauncho
      • | Nov 26, 2015
    • Weekly Puzzle #11: Taking Advantage of Stalemate

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    • Dealing with a crazy rook

      Tim Krabbe wrote about them already years ago. In dutch it is called "Dolle toren", which could be translated into english as "Crazy rook". A rook that will sacrifice itself endlessly, just to achieve a draw by stalemate. Here's an example : ... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Nov 19, 2015

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 »