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  • 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

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History

    The Chigorin Defense is one opening whose history -- unlike some of others we have examined in previous weeks -- revolves around one man. And of course this is its namesake, Mikhail Chigorin. Chigorin was born in 1850 near St. Peterburg, where h... | Read More

  • Q&A: Opening Prep And Troll Attacks

    QUESTION: Taylor_chess85 asked: “I would like to understand the type of games I am interested in playing. I am a beginner, and I thought that maybe I might make a database of every game certain people played with a certain opening. My idea is ... | Read More

    • Millionaire Chess Satellite Tournaments coming to Africa!

      Contact: Graham Jurgensen Position: Executive Director – Kasparov Chess Foundation AfricaEmail: Contact: Sid GandhiPosition: Operations Manager – Millionaire ChessEmail: KASPAROV CHESS F... | Read More

    • Restriction: IMSA vs. Benet Academy

      Max and I have been playing for years, and I've lost every game against him. They have been tough, fun matches, but it would be nice to win for once. This was my senior year and I had a last shot at beating him. I was very close, but… alas, wh... | Read More

    • European figure skating championships starts today

      European figure skating championships starts now, today theres mens short program, a 15 yo from azerbadjan starts. Heres the official page: Its In Stockholm, Sweden, Globe arena And btw, dont forget to ... | Read More

      • Ballet_boy
      • | Jan 28, 2015
    • Bounce back game vs a Strong Junior Player and learning from my last loss

      Last month in DC Chess League play I blogged a game in the Budapest Defense where I dropped my queen to a simple tactic in a position where there was not many pieces on the board.  This month in league play I wanted to use that as a learning expe... | Read More

      • SHoshall
      • | Jan 27, 2015
    • A pretty prophylaxis loss

      Apart from razor sharp hectic tactic games, I also do like to play positional chess games with Nimzovich prophylaxis style. Preventing opponent moves with quiet positional moves. I was very happy with my play in this game. The theme was to keep t... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Jan 26, 2015

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 »