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  • Living Chess

         Chess has had some difficulty throughout the years in presenting itself as a form of public entertainment. There has been some isolated cases where chess made good TV and even a few instances where chess was limelighted and managed to ca... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #48 - The Fortress and the Cage, Part 3

    Professor: Class, how wondrous to see you! Here, the burble of garbled voices seemed to say pleasant prattling things back to the professor. Professor: They say all good things must come to an end, and that’s the case today. Thomas: Are you l... | Read More

  • Chess Informant 120 Maracana with Morozevich

    Yet not reading latest Chess Informant 120 Maracana? Seriously?  THE PERIODICAL THE PROS USE Book: Paperback, 340 pages, English language. CD: in ChessBase format (with PGN). Our four times-a-year publication aspires to be an arena that g... | Read More

  • Review: John Nunn's Chess Course

    There is much debate these days about whether Magnus Carlsen has already surpassed Garry Kasparov as the best player of all time - have these people forgotten that Carlsen has only been World Champion for less than a year now? Kasparov reigned for... | Read More

  • Modern Chess Technique

    The hardest thing in chess, Frank J. Marshall warned us, is to win a won game. It is no surprise that technique - the ability to convert an advantage (of any kind) into a full point - is a coveted skill. As beginners, we are often told that solid ... | Read More

    • Should "Beginners" Learn Chess Openings?

      First of all, a 1000 is NOT a beginner! Many people try to act like they are chess masters while everyone below them is a patzer. I read something the other day that was some idiot saying everyone below 2300 is a patzer!  That is just insanity! ... | Read More

    • Winning Tips

      Style of play Play for king attacks! The opponents king is the most vulnerable piece to attack. You could be down on material, and have your position blown apart, but if you mate your opponent's king you will have won the game. The opponent ... | Read More

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    • Best way to relieve stress

      I take seriously only 15|10 games (my best rating there was close to 1700), but occasionally play 2|1. Recently I watched a fun video on youtube and tried to repeat great wisdom hidden in that video in my own games. Here are some succesfull exampl... | Read More

      • GrayRRR
      • | Jul 2, 2014
    • Split the Rooks 2

      Here is another Split the Rooks problem I came across today on Tactics Trainer. I failed it, but it did remind me of this even more difficult version I came across last year that I posted. While doing this problem, I saw the Split the Rooks the... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Jul 2, 2014
    • Not the cleanest win

      Right now I am a bit disappointed and a bit happy at the same time. I wanted to play a long game (90+30) on the live chess server, but I did not get any takers on my seek. Also, my internet is very slow at the moment, so it was probably just as go... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jun 30, 2014

Video Lessons


  • Coiled Spring Effect

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    The coiled spring effect in chess is related to how a players pieces will start out from a fairly compact and/or cramped opening position, and how they will "unwind" the spring and start attacking with the dynamic energy pent up in the position. A... Read More »

  • 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 »