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  • The Secrets Of The Berlin Endgame

    "Every time the Berlin endgame shows up on the board," GM Vladimir Kramnik remarked a few weeks ago, "everyone starts to cry quietly, [because] such positions are boring. However, games are often full of exciting play, although there are... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #74: The Last Class

    Professor: Hello, class. They all greeted the professor as if saying goodbye. Professor: Don't look so glum. Rachel: Isn't this the last class? Zephyr: All good things come to an end. Lucian: Do they have to? Wei: Yes, but each ending ... | Read More

  • The Modern Defense: A History

    Like the Kan/Paulsen, the so-called "Modern Defense" is an opening with many names. When I first met it, as a beginning chess player, I knew it as the "Robatsch Defense." It has also been called the Ufimtsev Defense, the Kotov Defense, the Pi... | Read More

  • Reaping The Whirlwind!

    When I was still playing in tournaments I answered 1.e4 with various Sicilian lines (Richter-Rauzer, Accelerated Dragon, Paulsen and Taimanov systems, etc.) and the Caro-Kann. I always loved the Caro-Kann, and at the end of my career it became m... | Read More

  • The Amazing Chess Illusion

    Most people are fascinated by optical illusions. Indeed it is a very strange feeling that what you see with your own eyes is not exactly what it is. This reminds me of the punchline to the old joke that I already mentioned in this article: "who ... | Read More

    • The Game EVERYONE Should Know!!

      A true masterpiece of chess play. This game is widely considered the most famous game of all time! Paul Morphy (an unofficial world champion of chess) played with an efficient, deadly skill that is a joy to observe. Study the classic games of the ... | Read More

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    • On Old Dogs Learning New Tricks:

        What does chess improvement , neuroscience, Rolf Wetzell, and Cornell Note taking methods having in common?  For some reason I’ve been putting these concepts in my blender-brain ( or should  that be “blunderprone blender brain”) and tr... | Read More

    • Reasons beginning chess players stop improving

      Aspiring chess students will see their chess skill spike at one point or another. After continuing their methods of learning, they will stop improving at the same rate. It is natural to expecting the same increase in level of play. However, there ... | Read More

    • How to beat experts

      So it will probably be misleading if I don't talk about beating experts in different time controls so first of all the key to beating an expert are TACTICS! You probably have heard about them a lot but one can never study enough tactics. I know of... | Read More

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      • | Dec 21, 2014
    • Following Silman's Advice

      I enjoyed IM Silman's recent article, "A Chess Engine is NOT Your Friend". I already know Stockfish, my favorite chess engine, is probably subtracting some value from the time I spend studing chess. But, the ariticle is engaging and, more importan... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Zugzwang

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    Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung", Zugzwang is a German word meaning "obligation to move".  The term is used for a position in which whoever has the move would obtain a worse result than if it were the opponent’s turn to play. A player is said to b... Read More »

  • Horwitz, Bernard

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    Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885) was a German-born card player(specialized in miniatures) and chess study composer.    In 1845, he settled in England and began teaching chess.  In 1846, he lost as match with Howard Staunton, losing 14 games, winni... Read More »

  • Coiled Spring Effect

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    The coiled spring effect in chess is related to how a players pieces will start out from a fairly compact and/or cramped opening position, and how they will "unwind" the spring and start attacking with the dynamic energy pent up in the position. A... Read More »

  • endgame study

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    An Endgame Study is a composed problem in an endgame position that contains an aesthetic solution, and is usually hard to find. There are many such studies, and famous composers include GM Pal Benko, Ladislav Prokes,Richard Reti,and Alexei Troitsk... Read More »