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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


    • RKM 12-2014 - 960 tournament

      RKM 12-2014   TD: geracarp75 Starts ASAP Registered: 2 of 6   Time Control: 48 hours/move Max Group Size: 6   Rating Range: Open # Advance: 1   Tie Breaks: Yes Points Available: 174   Games Rated: Yes You w... | Read More

      • geracarp75
      • | Dec 7, 2014
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    • Philidor's Mate

      This game is not really illustative of anything but a long memory. My opponent blundered early losing a queen for a piece. The reason I am putting this here is that I lost to a Philidor's Mate 30 years ago. It was a tie breaker game for fourth boa... | Read More

      • devitoria
      • | Oct 22, 2014
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    • Isn’t it good to be lost in the wood or The tournament in Barbarka

      Barbarka, formerly a small settlement in the wood, currently incorporated into the city limits of Toruń, takes its name from saint Barbara. The chapel dedicated to the saint, rebuilt many times, still stands in the heart of the settlement, surro... | Read More

      • AdamPitula
      • | Sep 4, 2014
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    • Round 1 25th Chess.com Knockouts Repcap

      Hey friends, opponent's, and viewers!  Here are my games in round 1 of the 25th Chess.com tournament. I was rated 1357 and the rating range for the tournament; 1201-1400. The tournament's deatails include 490 starting players! 24 Hours per move,... | Read More

    • Danil Kucherenko Memorial Open

      The first Danil Kucherenko Memorial Rapid Tournament was held in Kharkiv last weekend June 7-8, 2014. Thanks to the extensive support of his friends and the organizational support of Mr. Kiktev Grigoriy, the player list was quite strong. There wer... | Read More

      • LuckyTiger
      • | Jun 11, 2014
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  • Budapest Gambit

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    The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defense) is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e5 Despite an early debut in 1896, the Budapest Gambit received attention from leading players only after a win as Black by Grandmaster Milan... 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 »