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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #37 - Which Piece Are You?

    Professor: Good afternoon, class. Just seeing your smiling faces makes my day. Zephyr: It makes your day? That sounds like a quote from an old Dirty Harry movie. Lucian: Why? Does Clint Eastwood play chess in those movies? Professor: I d... | Read More

  • The Diverging Roads

    In a recent tournament, one game reached a certain ending which I had previously played a full eight years ago. That was a decent memory of a very different time. I wasn't even an IM yet, and I was still trying to establish a life in Philadelphia ... | Read More

  • Best of Three Sets: Tennis Players Ju and Esserman in Death Match

    In the 1990s, when Pete Sampras dominated Wimbledon, he would sometimes win entire matches without a rally longer than a few hits. Expect the same this Saturday, as two energetic blitz specialists (and talented tennis players) lace up for Death Ma... | Read More

  • A Week in Chicago, Part 2

    In last week's article, A Week in Chicago, Part 1, we saw a very strange and interesting game I played against the young FM Eric Rosen in a Chicago international tournament. Now let's look at what happened later in the tournament. As I said befo... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Four

    In parts one, two, and three of this article, I described the unusual concept of "doing nothing." In this article we'll discuss when it is appropriate to use this idea. Once upon a time, I showed my game vs. Nakamura as an example of "doing noth... | Read More

    • Hall of Shame

      Hi. This is the Hall of Shame of Nils-Hero Lindemann I post games here, played against players on FICS which afterwards wrongly accused me of using chess computer assistance. I am asking you, dear reader: Why was everyone so upset when Topalov w... | Read More

      • nilshero
      • | Apr 18, 2014
    • Daily Live Chess Digest - 2014/04/18

      Welcome to this Blog post :-) I upload 3 videos of blitz chess games every day, free on Youtube to watch. Once in a while I also add a rapid game (15 Min per player), all with live comments of course.  A good opening in the Tarrasch. New board ... | Read More

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      • conseque
      • | Apr 18, 2014
    • Scandinavian Move By Move

      The Scandinavian: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala is a very good opening book for people looking to learn a fairly aggressive opening without having to acquire a lot of theory. Unlike other Scandinavian books, the author concentrates on the Queen ... | Read More

      • BWhited
      • | Apr 17, 2014
    • Daily Live Chess Digest - 2014/04/17

      Welcome to this Blog post :-) I upload 3 videos of blitz chess games every day, free on Youtube to watch. Once in a while I also add a rapid game (15 Min per player), all with live comments of course.  Tough game in the English Opening vs belgi... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Zwischenzug

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    The German word zwischenzug means 'intermediate move', and it is a common tactic that occurs in almost every game of chess. Picture your opponent making a move that directly threatens one of your pieces: after you opponent has done this you are ab... Read More »

  • 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 »