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  • The Anti-Sicilian Without A Name

    Among the less-trodden paths White can follow against the Sicilian Defense is the system with the seemingly paradoxical combination of Nc3 and Bb5. To my knowledge, this variation, unlike most of the other anti-Sicilians, has no name.... | Read More

  • Karpov vs Kasparov: King's Indian Defense

    Garry Kasparov, the 13th world champion, is closely connected to the King's Indian Defense. Indeed, he has created much of the foundation of what the opening is today. Yet, early on in his epic rivalry with Anatoly Karpov, Kasparov restricted hi... | Read More

  • Is Chess Art?

    Is chess art? I bet that’s not the first time you’ve been asked that, or something like it. To the basic question, all kinds of answers have been offered, sometimes logical, sometimes passionate, sometimes contrived. Many might wonde... | Read More

  • The Little Chess Village, Part I

    This image comes from "The Book of Games" comissioned by Alphonso X, 1283 Prologue      The most significant event to occur in the history of chess was the transformation of the game from its Medieval form into its Modern form.  This metam... | Read More

  • How To Play The Chinese Dragon

    In the early 21st century, a new permutation of the evergreen Sicilian Dragon appeared: rather than place the queen's rook, obviously, on the open c-file, to put it instead on the closed b-file, supporting an advance of the b-pawn: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3... | Read More


    • 2015 bolg

      Rudolf Spielmann, The Art of Sacrifice in Chess, 21st century edition, revised and expanded by Karsten Mueller. (Russell Enterprises, 2015.) 272 pp., $24.95. Reviewed by Dennis Monokroussos. Austrian grandmaster Rudolf Spielmann (1883-1942) was ... | Read More

    • My Chess Blind Spot

      There is never any shame in losing, more so it's important to admit where you went wrong and look to improve.   I've been recording my tactical training and going over what I miss. A recurring theme is missing Zwischenzug ... in between moves o... | Read More

    • Winning Pawn Structures: The Rook Lift with the IQP: Part 1

      As promised, I am continuing my coverage of the IQP from Baburin's Winning Pawn Structures; this time dealing with Rook lifts as a key Kingside attacking theme. If you don't own this book you really should! These games and Baburin's prose merit re... | Read More

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    • Just because there's a goal keeper doesn't mean you can't score

      In my daily tactical training, I thought I had solved this exercise, only to find I missed White's defence.   See if you can solve the below   Blokh Combinational Motives: Diagram 579 Difficulty 10 Black to move   I had seen the idea of ge... | Read More

    • Winning Pawn Structures: Attacking f7 with the IQP: Part 1

      Baburin's Winning Pawn Structures is an absolutely fantastic investigation of the Isolated Queen's Pawn structures. I first encountered this book several years ago and immediately fell in love with the IQP structure owning largely to Baburin's cl... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Jul 29, 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 »