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  • 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

  • How To Save Yourself With Stalemate

    In online blitz chess (and especially in bullet), resignation is largely frowned upon. Indeed, with so little time remaining, there is always a possibility that your opponent will make a disastrous blunder, an unfortunate mouse slip, or &mdas... | Read More

  • How to Understand Pawn Races

    Many beginners tend to assume that pawn endings are easy to master. After all, with material so limited, how hard can it be to untangle the complexities of any given position? The answer, as any endgame maven will tell you, is unequivocal: ... | Read More

  • Can You Solve These Spooky Chess Puzzles?

    Professor: Hello, Class. Happy Halloween! (Smiles and good cheer.) Zephyr: Do you have any treats for us today, Professor? Professor: Treats? Rachel: You know, like tricks or treats. Lucian: I really like gummy bears. Zephyr: Forget gu... | Read More

  • Horsing around!

    Am I going to write about chess players misbehaving during their games? Not really, at least not this time. In this article I will try to show you that chess can really be beautiful and surprisingly or not, this can be achieved without sacrificing... | Read More


      Indeed, placing the Knight at the central position is like a devastating cyclone for your opponent. In this Live Chess game, I managed to manipulate the role of a knight at the center.So basically, the purpose of the Knight at the center is to wi... | Read More

    • Puzzling on how to get that castled king

      It's always nice to pry open files and checkmate a castled king. If you solve the puzzle, you'll get the whole game plus my analysis, and see how black gets into dire straits by a combination of (1) pointlessly attacking my pieces when there is no... | Read More

      • john4000
      • | Nov 18, 2014

      A NEW TEAM MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP IS GOING TO START ON JANUARY 20th.. THE NAME OF CHAMPIONSHIP IS "GTO TOURNAMENT".. Divisions would be form each Year bewteen January 1 and January 10, Selection would be base on previous year tournament results, f... | Read More

    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 7

      Today I want to discuss instinct in chess, at least how I apply it. This example will endeavor to show how I applied it in a given postion back in 1987. I'll let you in on a little secret. I rarely calculate continuations in positions beyond keepi... | Read More

      • aww-rats
      • | Nov 15, 2014
    • Leningrad with 7...Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Qb3 [A89]

      Richard Rapport has been regularly playing the Leningrad with 7...Nc6 recently. Experienced veteran Miguel Illescas decided not to go into the mainstream theory with 9.Nxe5 and instead opted for 9.Qb3 in the following game. White maintains his sp... | Read More

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  • Tempo

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    In chess, tresesponded to. In this case, since both players have "lost" a tempo, the net result in terms of time is nil, but the change brought about in the position may favor one player more than the other.   Gaining tempo may be achieved, for... 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 »

  • Anderssen's Opening

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    Anderssen's Opening is a defined by the opening move 1. a3.It is named after unofficial World Chess Champion Adolf Anderssen, who played it three times in his 1858 match against Paul Morphy. While Anderssen was defeated decisively, the g... Read More »