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  • Should your "better half" play chess?

    In my column "Pros and Cons" I discuss the subjects that have no clear answer. Are doubled pawns good or bad, is an isolated pawn an asset or a liability, what's better a Bishop or a Knight?  The answer is the same to all these questions: "It... | Read More

  • Let It Be

    Dear GM Panchanathan, I have psychology problems in the game of chess. My rating usually goes up and down from 1900 to 2050. One of my weaknesses is that I cannot control external feelings (i.e. fear, stress, overconfidence) when playing ches... | Read More

  • Personal Mona Lisa of GM Artur Yusupov

    Every chess player hopes to play his immortal game some day.  Borrowing lyrics from the hit song of Kelly Clarkson "people wait a lifetime for a moment like this." You never know when it will happen, but if you look at the best games played in c... | Read More

  • Van Wely Offers L’Ami Perpetual, Stalemate, or None of the Above

    The 3rd Remco Heite GM tournament recently was played in Wolvega, The Netherlands. The winners of the previous events, Van Wely in 2006 and Macieja in 2008, participated. There were six players competing in a round robin. The final crosstable show... | Read More

  • The “Chinese” Championship

    The WWCC started at the beginning of December in Antakya, Turkey. The sacred chess number of players-- 64-- were to take part in the event, but two of them did not appear, and lost by forfeit. The first round saw the first surprises. Some of th... | Read More

    • My first attempt at creating a tournament

      http://www.chess.com/tournament/-punk-960-1000-1300 Punk 960 1000-1300   TD: Strummer-man Starts ASAP Registered: 1 of 10   Time Control: 48 hours/move Max Group Size: 5   Rating Range: 1000-1300 # Advance: ... | Read More

    • Candidate's Tournament Selection

      Just going by the latest rankings (http://www.2700chess.com/), how good has the candidates selection been over the last two years?  For placing, tie breaks are considered, which is only truly important for 2013, where Carlsen beat Kramnik on tie ... | Read More

      • seanahan
      • | Apr 5, 2014
    • Eye of the Madras Tiger !!

      " It's the eye of the tiger, It's the thrill of the fight, Rising up to the challenge of the rival !! "   A round of applause for Anand in the press center! #candidates2014 — candidates fide (@candidatesfide) March 29, 2014   ... | Read More


      In recent tournaments, I have felt like I been playing horrid...  American Open 2013 being one of them...  Studying those games, made me remember how tired I was, being oblivious to threatening moves which ended my win for those games I ... | Read More

      • chesspnoi
      • | Feb 28, 2014
    • Gonzaga Masters 2014

      Killian DELANEY 1st. = my ex-CHESS Captain... Miroslav GALLIK 6th. = Wexford Club Chess champ.   ICU Ratings Home Tournaments Ratings Help Log in Gonzaga Masters 2014  123456 1 Delaney, Killian ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 5 2 Cafolla, Peter ½ 1 0 1 ½... | Read More

  • Royal Defence

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    The Royal Defence can be played by black against the Alapin variation rather than taking when white plays the d4 break black instead counterattacks whites center to gain equality or be slightly better Read More »

  • Natural Move

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    A 'Natural Move' is most often used to refer to a move which accords with basic principles, and is therefore intuitively the kind of move which is appropriate for the given position. Although a move may look natural, that does not necessarily mak... Read More »

  • Curdo, John

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    John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times ... Read More »

  • open-closed

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    Open and Closed positions refer to the two main types of pawn structures of the centre . Open positions generally have an open centre , where the majority of the pawns have been swapped off . For example Scotch game results in an open game : ... Read More »

  • Bughouse chess

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    Bughouse (also reffered as tagteam and siamese chess) is played with two teams of two, using two sets. Each player on the team plays a different color than their partner.  It begans as normal blitz chess, but every piece a player captures, he... Read More »