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  • Review: Playing the Trompowsky

    I recently took a train from Amsterdam to the quaint little Belgium town of Bruges. Looking for a book to keep me occupied for the four hour ride, I remembered my review copy of Richard Pert’s Playing the Trompowsky, which is certainly thinner t... | Read More

  • Chess in the Vieux Carré

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  • Never Resign Prematurely!

    Throughout my chess career, I have resigned in several different ways. During my very first games with my brother, I - well, I resigned by knocking the pieces over in disgust. In my first tournaments, I flicked the king over, old style. Then, for ... | Read More

  • Attacking 101: Volume #001 Book (October 2012)

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    • Chess Opening Trap #1: Torre Attack - Queen Switch!

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      • Waldemar
      • | Sep 10, 2014
    • Una mirada y un juego

      En un documental de National Geographic se afirma que el cerebro es moldeable, y que estudios realizados por medio de un escaneo cerebral a la ajedrecista Susan Polgar, demuestran que ella utiliza la misma zona del cerebro para reconocer posicione... | Read More

      • alpaso5
      • | Sep 2, 2014
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      • kittyluv
      • | Aug 29, 2014
    • Chess is Bad for Your Mind

      In a related essay I argued that Chess is Good for Your Mind.  However, for every coin there is a flip, and heads sometimes become tails.  Water is a healthy drink, but imbibe too much of it too fast and you can die of water intoxication.  Par... | Read More

      • kiba13
      • | Aug 28, 2014
    • Lost Love.

      Lost Love.   My heart bleeds an emotional torrent, I am bereft of words and lost in thought, As the love I wanted cannot be caught.   Where to go now? What to do? Knowing I'll not walk with you.   Stand tall Gardener, Accept tears as... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Mexican defence

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    This defence was introduced by the Mexican grandmaster Carlos Torre. The first game with this opening happened in a blitz session between the U.S. Champion Frank Marshall and Carlos Torre, and was played on a ship in their route from U.S. to Baden... Read More »

  • Torre-Repetto, Carlos

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    Carlos Torre Repetto (1905-1978) was Mexico's first grandmaster (1977).  He was born in Merida, Yucatan.  Torre won the Louisiana championship at New Orleans 1923. He was first at Detroit 1924, followed by Samuel Factor, Herman H. Hahlbohm, ... Read More »

  • Balinas, Rosendo

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    Rosendo Carreon Balinas, Jr. (1941-1998) was a Philippine lawyer and Grandmaster (1976) who was Asia’s best player in the 1960s.  He was born on September 10, 1941 in Manila, Philippines.  He learned how to play chess at the age of 7, but di... Read More »

  • Santasiere, Anthony

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    Anthony Edward Santasiere (born 9 December 1904 – died 13 January 1977) was an American chess master. Chess career: 1920s-In 1923, Santasiere tied for 13-14th in Lake Hopatcong (Frank Marshall and Abraham Kupchik won). In 1924, he took 3rd, ... Read More »

  • Torre, Eugene

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    Eugenio "Eugene" Torre, traditionally considered the strongest chess grandmaster the Philippines ever produced, was born in Iloilo City, Philippines on November 4, 1951.  In 1974, the young Torre became Asia’s first grandmaste... Read More »