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IM-Tournaments
IM-Tournaments
Location: Lidköping, Sweden
Joined: 8/2/12
Last Online: 5/26/13
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SirAndMaster
SirAndMaster
Location: Internet, United States
Joined: 4/28/11
Last Online: 4/28/11
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Tournaments
Tournaments
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Joined: 12/13/10
Last Online: 12/14/10
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WaldenburgXIII
WaldenburgXIII
Location: Europe, International
Joined: 4/4/10
Last Online: 1/27/15
Points: 328 points

  • Let's Get Physickal

         There were a few 19th century London chess players who, although they weren't quite on par with the best, were by no means second-rate players  and made names for themselves both locally and abroad.      One such player was the pr... | Read More

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History

    For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More

  • Levitsky

         Meisterdrittel.      It's a curious fact that the informal title of "Master" ("Mаэстро"), the equivalent of today's International Grandmaster that was used in Russia during the late 19th-early twenieth century, was based upon ... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Chigorin Defense at the end of the 19th century.  In the following years, Chigorin used his defense many times and demonstrated its basic themes. Let's look at some of them. Black's play on t... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More


    • Benko/Sicilian Hybrid!?

      Hello everyone! This past weekend I played in one of central Florida's biggest tournaments of the year: the Central Florida Class Championship. I ended up scoring 4/5 points, winning clear 2nd place and played many interesting games. The main one ... | Read More

    • Cookies and Upcoming events

      I dismissed it when I opened the fortune cookie, but it was more right than I knew. So over the last year or so I have discovered that I am really shallow when it comes to working out variations and considering opponents options. Totally play on i... | Read More

    • DAILY REVIEW OF WIJK AAN ZEE 2015. Round 13 - Unstoppable Magnus

      The winner of last year's tournament Tata Steel Challengers Croatian GM Ivan Šarić could not stop in the decisive game the world champion Magnus Carlsen... Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com ...who became today the owner of another ... | Read More

    • 2015 – We’re Back, Baby!

      After a long hiatus, the blog is back. I decided to trial a Christmas/New Year period offline, coinciding with a much-needed trip back to Australia. I was fortunate to be invited to play in the Australian Open chess championships in Sydney, which ... | Read More

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    • Beat the Losing Streak

      This has been a rough few weeks for me in online and correspondence chess. I recently matched my live chess losing streak of eight games in standard time control (15|10), which was incredibly disappointing given that I had improved so much over t... | Read More


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 »