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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #59: A Knight Can Stop a Pawn

    Professor: Hello, class. The class offered a measured blah response. Rachel then spoke up. Rachel: What’s planned for today, Professor? Professor: I thought I’d throw it open to the class. Lucian: How about showing what three m... | Read More

  • Review: The Secret Life of Bad Bishops

    A former team member of mine has a favourite phrase which he likes to sing during blitz sessions with a big grin on his face: "gute Läufer, schlechte Läufer!" Referring to the legendary German grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann's similarly titled 1980... | Read More

  • America's First Women's Championship Match

         American women had been playing chess long before establishment of the USCF in the late 1930s.  In fact, as early as the mid 1890s, an officially conducted match was played between two highly considered lady chess players to determine t... | Read More

  • How Bobby Fischer Saved Game of Thrones

    You might know that Bobby Fischer was responsible for creating unprecedented excitement in the United States chess community when he defeated Boris Spassky to win the 1972 world championship over the Soviet Union. Fischer’s victory inspired mi... | Read More

  • Rooks on the Seventh, Revisited

    Despite his irritable personality and somewhat dogmatic assertions, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) is the undisputed patriarch of modern positional thought. In his magnum opus My System (1925), Nimzowitsch formulated and verbalized a litany o... | Read More


    • The NFL Non-story

      I'm sure you all know about the controversy surronding the NFL. If not, let me fill you in. In short, Ray Rice decked his then fiance and the NFL suspended him two or three games. Of course the was the outcry from the media, "don't you care about... | Read More

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    • This is Ukraine today – September 18: Donbas has experienced heavy shelling – this is wh

      This is Ukraine today – September 18: Donbas has experienced heavy shelling – this is what the truce ''Russian-style''   Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!War, not the expected peace arrived at the doorstep of Great Britain and Fra... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | Sep 19, 2014
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    • This is Ukraine today – September 17: Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People must vacate their premise

      This is Ukraine today – September 17: Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People must vacate their premises downtown Simferopol overnight Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!War, not the expected peace arrived at the doorstep of Great Britain and Fr... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | Sep 18, 2014
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    • Match 2 Miami Sharks vs St Louis Arch Bishops

      The US Chess League seems extremely competitive this year. The defending champs went into this match already down 0-1 in the standings, only to face the St. Louis Arch Bishops. With a line up featuring GM Akobian on board 2, St Louis must be one o... | Read More

    • Golden Gambits, Evan's Gambit

      Welcome opponents, friends, and viewers to another blog on the series Golden Gambits. Today we have a special post by Luidefumes, a chess player, friend, and today; blogger! We both worked on this blog together so make sure to check his profile fo... | Read More


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 »