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  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

  • How To Battle The Caro-Kann

    In the previous two articles, I have discussed the earliest beginnings of the Caro-Kann Defense as well as later usage and developments. In this third part of the four-part series, I will discuss the various methods White has evolved to oppose the... | Read More

  • Mastering Squares, Part 7

    As I’ve often said, when mastering a new concept it’s important to first study the concept’s basic nuts and bolts, look at all variations of that concept, and finally go over hundreds (even better is thousands) of games featuring... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

  • Mastering Squares, Part 5

    We’ll continue our exploration of squares by showing a couple of different ways one can milk them. Of course, a weak square or hole in the enemy camp can (and usually should) be used as a home for one’s pieces. We will look at that aspect of ... | Read More


    • Positional Theme #3 Philidor's Ring part 1 of 2

      A knight supported by two pawns inside enemy territory is a 'ring,' similiar to the pillsburial's Ne5 (http://www.chess.com/blog/GmPrice/positional-theme-1-pillsburial), with pawns at d4 and f4.  | Read More

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    • Chess Improvement in 200 days: day 100

      So its been 100 days since I started chess improvement in 200 days. And it is also 100 days before the tournaments, namely zonal. I'm abit dissappointed with the amount of study and effort I put in so far. Still managed to get some stuff done. M... | Read More

    • A good trap for 1.e4 blitz players to know about

      A few years ago, I would say about 10 or so, when I still played 1.e4 and blitz with regularity (I seem to be playing 1.b3 and correspondence theme tournaments most of my time), I noticed that everyone approached my play with the white pieces prac... | Read More

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    • Frank Marshall the Legend

      Background Theme Song Music: To get you in the right mindset when reading the article. I have always been captivated by a man who changed the nature of chess. He never became a World Champion and yet his influence on chess has been felt thr... | Read More

    • Playing Against the Owen's Defense

        Hello Chess Fans, Today we will continue with Black's Surprise Defenses against White's 1.e4 opening.  The Owen's Defense 1...b6 is affectionately known as the Passive Panzy but let me tell you there's nothing passive about this Dynamic Hy... | Read More


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  • 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 »