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  • The Advantage of Doubled Isolated Rook Pawns?

    Professor: Happy day before Saturday, class. Zephyr: I wanted to bring something up. Professor: I'm fine. How are you? You couldn't wait to say "hello?" Zephyr: Hello, Professor. Now can we talk about it? Professor: About what? Zephyr: Double... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Kramnik vs. Kasparov

    By 1990, Garry Kasparov had done what nobody had done before since the creation of the world championship: defended his title multiple times against the clearly best challenger. All in all, he and Anatoly Karpov played five quite grueling matches ... | Read More

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 6

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 year... | Read More

  • The 10 Weirdest Chess Sets

    The last two weeks, we looked at the chess pieces most and least likely to survive the game. Most of the time, those chess pieces will be the normal Staunton tournament set we all know so well. When playing online, though, you can choose ... | Read More

  • Break the Biggest Rule in Chess -- and Win!

    In the first two installments of this article, we discussed the situations where it is beneficial to ignore well established principles of chess. Today we'll talk about another "sacred cow" of chess rules, the most dangerous one to bend!  H... | Read More

    • It's about society

      Okay, so this is shocking, but it needs to be said, and it needs to be understood. | Read More

    • Resolving old wounds

      Hi all! Hope everyone's okay :-) Yesterday I had an experience I'd like to share with you. It was raining yesterday evening when I was cycling home, so the road was very slippery. Then it happened. I slipped and fell over. Well, okay, shit happ... | Read More

    • Social psychology - 2: The Wave

      Yesterday I watched a German movie on Youtube called The Wave (original name: Die Welle), dubbed in Spanish. I can't find the movie with English subtitles, unfortunately.  It's based on real events which took place in a high school in the US i... | Read More

      • Horned_Owl
      • | Oct 23, 2014
    • Tournament Creator Girls (♥ T.C.Girls ♥)

      We create Standard, Themes and Chess960 tournaments. We hope for many participants of our tournaments and wish all chess players much joy and success in the tournaments. Sarah, Jennifer, Andrea and Brittany. Note: The formation of the tournamen... | Read More

      • Sarah_Gee
      • | Oct 23, 2014
    • An aggressive defense against an aggressive attack

      Almost every e4 player below 1500's favourite opening is the Fried Liver Attack, it has the reputation, it has a funny name, it has everything. Such is the reputation of it that after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 about 75% of my opponents play h6???... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... Read More »

  • Korn, Walter

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    Walter Korn (1908-1997) was the editor of Modern Chess Openings and chess contributor to chess publications for 50 years.  He was the first  FIDE International Judge for Chess Endgame Compositions in North America.   He fl... Read More »