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  • Stalemate

    S T A L E M A T E _______________________________________________________      The existing rule has this in its favour, that it appeals strongly to the sporting instincts of mankind; and the last chance which it affords to a player who ap... | Read More

  • The Diverging Roads

    In a recent tournament, one game reached a certain ending which I had previously played a full eight years ago. That was a decent memory of a very different time. I wasn't even an IM yet, and I was still trying to establish a life in Philadelphia ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #36 - April Fool's Day: Queen vs. Pawn

    Professor: Hello, Class. Happy April Fool’s Day! Lucian: Professor, April Fool’s Day has come and gone. It was three days ago. Zephyr: I prefer to think of April 1 as being Rachmaninoff’s birthday. Lucian: I don’t know if I’d... | Read More

  • How Chess.com can become the internet leader for slow time control games

    Let's summarize: 1) Every titled player in the world earned the honor by playing games averaging over 5 hours in length. 2) Playing long games on the internet is great practice for real in-person events. 3) Online chess servers do run automated... | Read More

  • Expertise in Chess Players

    Learning and mastery of a skill is a complicated process, especially when the endeavor involves the mind. For reasons along this line, psychologists have studied how expert chess players excel. The famous psychologist Alfred Binet once stated, “... | Read More


    • Interactive Opening Lesson - Queen's Gambit Declined - Exchange Variation

      We will explore the various lines and strategies involved in the Exchange Variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined (QGD). Black can recapture the pawn with either 4...Nxd5 or 4...exd5. We look at each move. A. We will discuss three different ... | Read More

      • SCKleene
      • | Apr 20, 2014
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    • Montana Open 2014, Round 4

      After achieving decent results from a few somewhat drab games on the first day of the tournament, with a win against a less experienced player and two draws against two experienced, conservative players, I was ready for a fight. My next opponent w... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Apr 19, 2014
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    • Preparations of an amateur: King's Indian without c4

      As a mediocre club player, my preparations for a game is usually very poor. This time, I thought I should take it more seriously and document my preparations against the King's Indian, fianchetto without c4 (A49) - which I will most likely meet on... | Read More

    • Englishlegend

      Premiership football is great. In my youth, I supported Manchester United. Though, nowadays, if a premiership match is on - aired on Sky, live, I'll watch some of it, or maybe all of it. Since, Premiership football matches, are great!   Fanc... | Read More

    • Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: An Epic UEFA Champions League Semifinal on 24th April ..

      The best isn't always saved for last. In a clash of European titans, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich were paired in an epic Champions League semifinal when the matchups were revealed at UEFA headquarters. The scintillating semifinal mat... | Read More

      • RipZx09
      • | Apr 19, 2014
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Video Lessons



  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »

  • Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

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    The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 whe... Read More »

  • Krylenko, Nikolai

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    Nikolai Krylenko (1885-1938) was a chess enthusiast responsible for persuading the Soviet government to support chess.  He was Commissar for War in the first Bolshevik government, then Commander-in-Chief of the Russian armed forces, chief pro... Read More »

  • Janowski, Dawid Markyelovich

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    Dawid Janowski (1868-1927) was a Polish chess player of Grandmaster strength and addicted gambler.  In 1901 he won an international tournament at Monte Carlo and lost all his first place money in the casino the same evening the tournament end... Read More »

  • Bruehl, Hans

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    Hans (John) Moritz von Bruehl was born on December 19, 1736 in Wiederau, Germany.  He was a general inspector of roads in Brandenburg and Pomerania.  He was the youngest son of count Heinrich von Bruehl (1700-1763).  He was Minister... Read More »