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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #73: Three vs. Two

    Professor: It's good to see you, class.  The kids didn't say much. A few of them even looked sad.  Professor: Why so pale and wan, if I may ask? Rachel: Well, the semester's coming to an end.  Professor: That's true. But you've all learned... | Read More

  • How To Break Fortresses

    Dealing with a fortress — especially when you have a significant material advantage — is an infuriating experience. Indeed, what can be more frustrating than completely outplaying your opponent, only to find that he has con... | Read More

  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

  • How to play like a tactical chess genius (and stop dropping pieces!)

    It is so simple and yet so hard. If you tattoo the following concepts onto your brain you will play strong chess.   When the forces clash always first consider the following concepts: Checkmates Checks Mate Threats Only once this is done con... | Read More

  • Winning when you are up an Exchange (or two!)

    This is part of my column Move by Move: Chess Improvement. To get your game analyzed, join the group: Move by Move Chess Improvement Now let's get started! I would like to thank Ala_ for posting this game. I chose this game because it featu... | Read More

    • Beauty of Chess Design

        When you play a game of chess it is like designing something or constructing a mechanism of some kind by which you win or lose. –Marcel Duchamp. We saw before that chess masters build up their position by setting up pieces harmoniously.... | Read More

    • Zugzwang

      Here is the definition... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zugzwang Here is an example of my game... http://www.chess.com/livechess/game?id=983809193   A few pictures... | Read More

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    • Beautiful Chess Compositions #9: Endgame Essentials

      Part IX: Basic zugzwang! Although, sometimes the most simple things in life are the most challenging.... (William Shinkman, circa 1898). MATE IN 3 Part 10 coming soon! Check out my other puzzles! | Read More

    • 実戦解説:ポーンエンディング

      皆さんこんばんは! 前回の記事の最後で、自分は二つ質問しました。 Diagram after 35...Kxd6 この局面で、白の自分は36.a4と指したのですが。。。 1.もし白が36.a4ではなく36.h4と指して... | Read More

    • Can you Solve this Puzzle?

      In total there are nine bright moves worthy on admiring and very diffcult to see. Hint The trick is based on leaving black in Zugzwang due to threats of horse jump. Play white and win   | Read More

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