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  • You Must Know This Powerful Endgame Pattern

    There are many basic endgame rules you can find in any chess manual: Centralize your king! Create an outside passed pawn!  Rooks should be placed behind passed pawns! ...I bet you've heard them dozens of times.  And yet one very... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, November 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Gelfand the Great There was one top GM who played the Baku Grand Prix, the Tashkent Grand Prix ánd the Petrosian Memorial (Novemb... | Read More

  • Defense in the Endgame, Part 1

    There's no denying that, whatever your strength in chess, in some games you are going to have to cling to some floating debris just to stay over water. Anyone can fall into some opening preparation or make a blunder. Additionally, you have those g... | Read More

  • A Farewell!

    My favorite writer Hemingway, in his excellent "Moveable Feast," wrote about starting a day of writing: "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." This advice came to my mind as I neared the time to... | Read More

  • Converting Advantage According to Kramnik, Part 5

    Today we start wrapping up our series on converting an advantage according to Vladimir Kramnik. Over the last four articles we explored methods and techniques that Kramnik uses to efficiently convert the advantage in slightly better or winning pos... | Read More


    • How to Read Engine Evaluations

      I encourage all readers to help me expand this post by contributing more examples! Note: This post is meant to be scientific. Obviously, it's not a treatise on the subject matter, but I wanted to have a few original statistical insights to help... | Read More

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    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 04.04.2015 - day 115

      World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca beat Juan Corzo y Prinzipe in Havana in 1902: Black to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Magnus Carlsen won against World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov in the Tal Memorial Blitz tournament in Moscow in 2... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 04.03.2015 - day 114

      World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca beat E. Corzo in Havana in 1902: Black to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Sergei Movsesian in the Tal Memorial Blitz tournament in Moscow in 2008: White to move and checkmates i... | Read More

    • History of CM

      Magnus Carlsen Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen (Norwegian: [sʋɛn ˈmɑŋnʉs øːn ˈkɑːɭsn̩] ; born 30 November 1990) is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, No. 1 ranked player in the world and reigning World Chess Champion in classical, rapid and... | Read More

    • History of VA

      VISWANATHAN ANAND (born Dec-11-1969, 45 years old) India [ what is this? ] Vishwanathan Anand ("Vishy" to his fans) was the 15th undisputed World Champion, reigning from 2007 until 2013. He was also FIDE World Champion from 2000-2002. H... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Adams, Michael

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    Michael Adams was born on Nov 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, England.  He learned chess from his father at the age of 6. In November 1979, he played in his first chess tournament, the Cornwall Under-10 Championship, and won it.  In 1980, Adams... Read More »

  • Chajes, Oscar

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    Oscar Chajes was born in Brody, Galacia, Austria-Hungary (what is now Ukraine) on December 14, 1873.  In 1909 he was the winner of the U.S. Open in Excelsior, Minnesota.  He became secretary of the Isaac L. Rice Progressive Chess Club.  In 1... Read More »

  • Abreu Delgado, Aryam

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    Aryam Abreu-Delgado was born on July 9, 1978 in Cuba.  He was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2008.  His best Elo rating was 2502 in 2008.  In 2007, he took 4th place in the Cuban Championship.  He took 1st place at the Capablanca Memorial Op... Read More »

  • Karjakin, Sergey

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    Sergey Karjaki is a Ukrainian Grandmaster, born in simferopol, Ukraine on January 12, 1990,later moved to russia.   On August 20, 2002, at the age of 12 years and 7 months, he was the youngest grandmaster in history.  He was the world champion ... Read More »

  • Barcza, Gideon

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    Gedeon (Gideon) Barcza (1911-1986), pronounced bartsa, was a Hungarian professor of mathematics and Grandmaster.  He was born on August 21, 1911 in Kisujszallas, Hungary. In 1942, he took 6th place in the first European championship in Munich... Read More »