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  • The Secrets Of The Berlin Endgame

    "Every time the Berlin endgame shows up on the board," GM Vladimir Kramnik remarked a few weeks ago, "everyone starts to cry quietly, [because] such positions are boring. However, games are often full of exciting play, although there are... | Read More

  • Reaping The Whirlwind!

    When I was still playing in tournaments I answered 1.e4 with various Sicilian lines (Richter-Rauzer, Accelerated Dragon, Paulsen and Taimanov systems, etc.) and the Caro-Kann. I always loved the Caro-Kann, and at the end of my career it became m... | Read More

  • The Paulsen Sicilian: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.  Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Read More

  • 5 Great Chess Books For Beginners

    Like it or not, holiday gift-shopping season is now upon us, at least according to the ubiquitous calendar of commerce.  Instead of being trampled by unruly deal-seekers at big box retail stores, you can shop online and still get somet... | Read More

  • Titled Player Tuesday Historical Archive

    Titled Player Tuesdays are's monthly events only for those with a USCF or FIDE title. They take place on the last Tuesday of every month and the total prize fund is $1000, with first place getting $500 and five places paying prize money.... | Read More

    • December recap & New Year wishes!

      Hi guys!   I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and right now I would like to wish you all the best for the new year 2015!   Last month has been pretty hectic with a lot of trainings through the week and league matches in the weekends. B... | Read More

      • RobertRis
      • | Dec 27, 2014
    • #10, Phi Kappa Blanca XXXIII

      << #9 Phi Kappa Blanca 1990.10.27 -- #11 ??>> Tournament #10 : Phi Kappa Blanca, 11/17/90 NCSU Student Union, Raleigh, NC TD:  Robert Singletary Section:  U1400 Time Control:  40/90, G/30   It's a bit unusual to play the same pe... | Read More

      • dl_leonine
      • | Dec 25, 2014
    • 悪い手を一手指すとそこで負ける Freakin’ 1 movers that cost me games

       クリスマスオープンでは、1 move blunder のせいでゲームを負けることが多かったです。やはり一手一手慎重にプレイしないとだめですね。 I played in a chess tournament during the Christmas break,... | Read More

      • Oraoradeki
      • | Dec 24, 2014
    • Group Chat-Rooms Come to Live Chess!

      That's right: Every active Group on the site now has its very own private chat-room in Live Chess. All you have to do to see the Room is be a member of a Group! Simply log in to Live Chess and tap on the Chat tab, then "Rooms." Here you'll see all... | Read More

      • webmaster
      • | Dec 23, 2014
    • Under the Christmas tree or the Christmas Eve blitz in the Flisak club

      There seems to be a tradition of organizing blitz tournaments during the Christmas period — probably because we are all hard-pressed then, not having much time for more solemn chess struggles. This year the first one of such tournaments in my ho... | Read More

      • AdamPitula
      • | Dec 23, 2014

Video Lessons

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »

  • Phillips, Harold

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    Harold Meyer Phillips (1874-1967) was a lawyer and President of the United States Chess Federation (USCF) from 1950-54, President of the Manhattan Chess Club, former New York State Champion and Manhattan Chess Club Champion (1902).  He was the or... Read More »

  • Foygel, Igor

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    Igor Foygel was born in Kiev in 1947.  He represented the republic of Ukraine in national youth chess competitions.  He became a master in 1974 and later became an International Master of Correspondence Chess.  He immigrated to the United State... Read More »

  • Jan Timman

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    Jan Timman is a Dutch GM. He was born in Amsterdam, December 14 1951. His peak rating was in the 2600s. He is currently rated 2571. He used a wide variety of openings and popularized a large opening repitorire. He has played in 13 chess olympiads ... 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 »