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  • Talks a Good Game

         The following piece was written by Paul Hugo Little,     a rather diverse writer and a chess expert himself.    Many people have probably encountered someone     like the chess expert described in the story below. (The diagrams... | Read More

  • More Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    In my first edition of Cracked Grandmaster Tales, I shared stories about Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas, Grandmaster Igor Ivanov, a tribute to Igor Ivanov by Boris Spassky, a short tale about an unknown grandmaster, and a story about the late Wa... | Read More

  • Bobby Fischer's Overlooked Gem

    Officially released on September 16, the biographical thriller Pawn Sacrifice is the latest development in an ongoing chess renaissance. Directed by Academy Award-winning producer and filmmaker Edward Zwick, Pawn Sacrifice offers a ... | Read More

  • The Only Certainties: Death Matches And Taxes

    If it feels like we haven't had a Death Match since the early summer, that's because we haven't! Back when GM Maxim Dlugy claimed his title, the days were at their longest and outdoor barbecues were in full swing. But don't fret! As th... | Read More

  • Deadly Mindsets: 'He Can't/I Can't'

    Though I’ve written about chess psychology in my book (How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition – almost 90 pages on the subject!) and in articles on, I will continue to do so from time to time since it’s an ext... | Read More

    • From 1400 to 1500 : Greed

      Several lower rated players love to grab material. The less experienced, the easier the temptation to grab every pawn or piece. Some GMs like to grab material, but very often they know what they are doing. They evaluate the position, or they want... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Oct 6, 2015
    • Pavel Eljanov – The Player That Turned Baku Upside Down

      Check out my original post here. If you followed the World Cup before the Svidler v. Karjakin final earlier this week, then one name you’ve definitely seen in the media is Pavel Eljanov. Besides winning his first 6 classical games, he managed... | Read More

    • Weekly Endgame Challenge 16/09/2015

      I started a new tradition at the Singapore weekly chess meetup, to have an Endgame study to solve.   The winner receives a bottle of red wine.   Below is the study for the 16th September 2015. Congratulations to Cyrill for solving this study... | Read More

    • Bureaucracy

      How to make sure nothing gets done at workby Anne Fisher  A World War II manual on undermining organizations from within might describe your office all too well. So you’ve ju... | Read More

      • DorinN69
      • | Oct 5, 2015
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    • Prodigy Program - October 2015 Registration Open!

      This is a detailed article regarding University's Prodigy Program. Please read this post in its entirety if you are a new student or a prospective student wanting to join the program in October. Most importantly, registration for all thr... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Oct 5, 2015

Video Lessons


  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Reti, Richard

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    Richard Reti (1889-1929) was one of the founders of the hypermodern school of chess, along with Nimzovich, Tartakower, and Breyer.  He was born in Hungary and went to Vienna to study mathematics, but gave that up for chess.  Richard Reti... Read More »