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  • Your Holiday Chess Buying Guide

    Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits, including better memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and more. (10 Big Benefits of P... | Read More

  • Garry Kasparov And The Scotch Opening

    After Anatoly Karpov came Garry Kasparov, the 13th world champion. Kasparov took opening preparation to possibly the most extreme level of any champions before or since. His deep explorations, with the help of a team of grandmasters and -- a new p... | Read More

  • Boris Spassky And The Leningrad Variation

    The 10th world champion, Boris Spassky, was a universal player with a wide opening repertoire. He mostly played classical openings with a healthy aggression. One weapon, which served him well throughout his career, was a rather surprising move: 4.... | Read More

  • The New #ChessMonday Marathon

    You might have noticed a big change to the TV schedule the last few weeks. To bring you the best-possible chess viewing experience, launched the #ChessMonday marathon last month, packing each Monday with back-to-back chess show... | Read More

  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More

    • Searching for the right themes for you

      Dear Readers, Which themes would you like to read about? What would you like to study by reading this blog? Please write your ideas and suggestions in a comment! Thank you for your help to making this blog better! Atilla | Read More

    • Positional pawn sacrifices in Taichung

      This weekend there was a rapid event in Taichung. In contrast with some other tournaments here in Taiwan, the ones in Taichung seem to be a tad better organized: The adults played in a different building from the kids. In relative silence. The us... | Read More

      • Tapani
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    • Analysing My Own Games: Fear of Tension

      Being critical of your wins is just as important as annotating your losses. More so, I want to strive for improvement and understand more about my chess shortcomings. It was a theme in Andy Soltis' "What it takes to be a Chess Master" that it is n... | Read More

    • The Best Chess Books Ever Written

      I often receive questions from chess players of various levels on which are the best books to study chess. The theme is so important that led me to record an Online Lecture exclusively on the best chess books ever written.   At the time I wrote... | Read More

    • Dealing with a crazy rook

      Tim Krabbe wrote about them already years ago. In dutch it is called "Dolle toren", which could be translated into english as "Crazy rook". A rook that will sacrifice itself endlessly, just to achieve a draw by stalemate. Here's an example : ... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Nov 19, 2015

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  • Yusupov

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    Artur Mayakovich Yusupov (Jussupow in German) was born on February 13, 1960 in Moscow.  He learned the game of chess in 1966 at the age of 6 and trained at the Moscow Young Pioneers’ Palace. In 1977, at the age of 17, he won the World Ju... Read More »

  • Opposition

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    Opposition is a common theme in end-games.Following is an example of opposition: Read More »

  • Ballet

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    The first ballet with a chess theme was Ballet des Echecs, performed for Louis XIV (1638-1715) of France.  A ballet called Checkmate, composed by Sir Arthur Bliss and choreographed by Ninette de Valois in 1937, was performed at the Paris World Ex... Read More »

  • Philately

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    The first philatelic item, a chess cancellation, appeared on a German envelope in 1923.  The first postage stamp depicting a chess motif was issued in Bulgaria in 1947 on the occasion of the Balkan games.  Over 140 countries have issued ... Read More »

  • Art

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    There are at least 20 paintings called "Checkmate."  The first known painting depicting a chess game is kept at the Cappella Palatina in Palermo, Sicily.  It is dated before 1200.  It shows two Arabs seated on the ground w... Read More »