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  • Understanding The Back Rank

    More than a decade ago, I took part in a small open tournament at a local chess club. After winning the first game in rather one-sided fashion, I became convinced that the next five games would follow an identical trajectory. In round two, I reach... | Read More

  • The Fighting Dragon Video Series

    If the Sicilian is the vehicle driving Black’s equalizing chances, the Dragon is its engine. For years, White has struggled to find a definite answer to counter the Sicilian. The Dragon variation, also known as the Draco Star, has only furth... | Read More

  • Giving Up On Chess? -- The Zalakaros Open

    After six rounds of the Zalakaros Open in Hungary, I had four points -- which was not a bad score, since the average of my opponents' ratings was high. Earlier in the tournament, I was sure that it was time for me to give up chess, or at... | Read More

  • What Is The Greatest Brilliancy Ever?

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on Chess.com. I try to give a good mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of so... | Read More

  • Walter Browne's 9 Best Games

    Last week, chess fans received the sad news that GM Walter Browne had died at 66. Browne was a legendary chess figure in the United States, a six-time national champion, and a fixture in the strongest chess tournaments for decades. FM Mike Kle... | Read More

    • is chess sports for gentlemen?

      this is chat log of my game --------------------------------- NEW GAME (1205535149) - superpikachu vs. JustAPlayer43 (3 0 rated) (win: 6, draw: -2, loss: -10)JustAPlayer43: cheating man?JustAPlayer43: your time goes slooooooooooooooooooowwww www... | Read More

    • Dude, Where’s my Caro? Chess.com vs the World Open Day 4

      After 4 days of grueling chess, the Chess.com Team faced its first casualty.  Please honor Patzer24 of the Malicious Matt’s who passed on to tournament heaven after a stirring victory over a 2350 opponent.  His ghost was seen sever... | Read More

      • shaun
      • | Jul 4, 2015
    • Bullet without abuse is a Myth.

      Its not first time I encountered abuses in "bullet games", but why? why its hard to be a good sport person in bullet? for example, I and polyspastos played 5 games in a row, result favoured him by 3-2 but as he is 2100+ players, this might not l... | Read More

      • 1LovU
      • | Jul 4, 2015

      Once again... E4 will reply with a Sicilian defence (defence has little, is a ruthless counterattack) or an Alekhine (the same applies). To d4, I will reply with a Grunfeld or a King's Indian Defense. They are already so many times... And while... | Read More

      • lottar
      • | Jul 4, 2015
    • Missed Checkmates

      Hello to everyone. This is my second chess blog, and I'm not proudly to present you a blitz game were I just missed 14 checkmate sequences.  LOL. My opponent's King is running all the way.  Me, just mindlessly checking him. Result: I won on t... | Read More

      • dtres
      • | Jul 4, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Saemisch, Friedrich

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    Friedrich Saemisch (1896-1975) was born in Berlin, he was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1950.  In 1921, he won the first Austrian chess championship.  Loser of more games of chess on time than any other master.  In 1959 at L... Read More »

  • 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 »