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  • 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

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Back In The Game

    Topic for next month: Chess Teaching (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 a chance to tackle a different ty... | Read More

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History

    For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Chigorin Defense at the end of the 19th century.  In the following years, Chigorin used his defense many times and demonstrated its basic themes. Let's look at some of them. Black's play on t... | Read More


    • Killer tactic in my most recent game! [Puzzle]

      The position came out of the Scotch Gambit, I've never encountered the position before, however, in my opening studies I have encountered the ...Ne4 and Bd5 theme, so this line caught my eye! Who says Opening study has to just be useless memoriz... | Read More

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    • Positional Theme #2 a-pawn vs b5 -- Part 3! (Final Part)

      The simplest and often best defense to a2-a4 is to liquidate, ...bxa4: To conclude: This is how to play against the advancement! Typically simply capturing the a4! pawn is best, because it leaves both sides with an isolated pawn on the queensid... | Read More

      • GmPrice
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    • Positional Theme #2 a-pawn vs b5 -- Part 2!

      It's not just the square at c4 but also c5 and even b6 that can be exploited by a2-a4:  To conclude: This is an example of the exploitation of c4, c5 and even b6 that can be exploited by playing a4! vs Black's b5.  | Read More

      • GmPrice
      • | Feb 25, 2015
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    • Best Book on Multi-Piece Endgames: Endgame Strategy by Shereshevsky, a Review

      This is a fantastic book. It is the first book that people pointed me to, when I was trying to improve my endgame play. The problem was: I learnt theoretical endgames but I was usually outplayed because of my opponent's knowledge of plans and ide... | Read More

    • Positional Theme #2 a-pawn vs b5 -- Part1!

      Black often expands on the queenside with ...a6 and ...b5 in a wide variety of openings, from the Queen's Gambit Declined to Sicilian and King's Indian Defenses. But this comes with a risk: White can train more firepower on b5 than Black- and that... | Read More

      • GmPrice
      • | Feb 23, 2015
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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 »