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  • Carlsen-Radjabov game - the Hungarian Attack

    The commentaries on chess.com and the Chessbase website reported on Carlsen's second loss in a row but did not explain why Radjabov played 10...Qe8! which avoids a potential bishop sacrifice on h5. My good friend, CM Olimpiu Urcan made this poi... | Read More

  • Aronian Headlines 2014 Metropolitan & ACA Summer Chess Camp!

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  • Kamsky's Endgame Play

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  • When Castles Attack

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  • Kolisch: Unknown Tactical Monster

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    • wild things

      Its the pool scene, when its nightime. A scene, which Neve Campbell, and Denise Richards are in. | Read More

    • Ted Baker.

      Years ago, I bought this black sleeveless top from Ted Baker. It was really well made, and when i went out; i used to where it all the time. | Read More

    • So depressing!

      Warning: obnoxious whining ahead. I love chess, but I've gotta tell you, there is one thing about it that completely and totally blows (and I fear always will). It sucks that every pretty much every game I will ever play ends up hinging on nothi... | Read More

    • A New Chess.com is Coming Soon!

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Video Lessons


  • Harrwitz, Daniel

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    Daniel Harrwitz (29 April 1823 – 9 January 1884) was a German master (born in Breslau, Silesia) and world’s best active player in the mid 1850s.  He played matches against Staunton, Anderssen, Lowenthal, and lost to Morphy.  He became a prof... Read More »

  • Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

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    The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 whe... Read More »

  • endgame study

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    An Endgame Study is a composed problem in an endgame position that contains an aesthetic solution, and is usually hard to find. There are many such studies, and famous composers include GM Pal Benko, Ladislav Prokes,Richard Reti,and Alexei Troitsk... Read More »

  • Cardoso, Ruth

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    Ruth Cardoso was born in Salvador, Brazil  on February 9, 1934.  In 1970, she was awarded the title of Woman International Master (WIM) from FIDE.    She won the South American Women’s Championship in 1966, 1969, and 1972.  She won the Br... Read More »

  • Fork

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    A fork is a chess term for when one piece simultaneously attacks two enemy pieces or pawns. This often results in a loss of material for the side receiving the fork. A "royal fork" is when the queen and king are both attacked at the same time. Read More »