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  • de Firmian, Nicholas (Nick)

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    Nicholas (Nick) Ernest DeFirmian, born July 26, 1957, is an American Grandmaster (1985).  In 1986, he won the World Open and first prize of $21,000.  He was U.S. chess champion in 1987 (tied with Joel Benjamin), 1995, and 1998. ... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »

  • Burn, Amos

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    Amos Burn (1848-1925) was one of the world’s top ten chess players between 1886 and 1912.  He learned chess at the age of 16 and was a pupil of Steinitz.  He was a cotton broker and a sugar broker from Liverpool and remained an ama... Read More »

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Halloween Gambit

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      Halloween Gambit Moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5 ECO C47 Parent Four Knights Game Synonym(s) Müller-Schulze Gambit The Halloween Gambit, also known as the... Read More »

  • Luft

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    Luft is a German word that means "air", or "space". In chess, the term refers to a move designed to give the king "room to breathe". It is often done to avoid mate threats (potential or actual).  For example: &n... Read More »

  • American Chess Congress

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    The first American Chess Congress, organized by Daniel Fiske and held in New York, was won by Paul Morphy in 1857. The top 16 American players were invited (Allison, Calthrop, Fiske, Fuller, Kennicott, Knott, Lichtenhein, Marache, Mead, Meek, Morp... Read More »

  • Alapin, Semyon

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    Semyon Alapin (1856-1923) was a Russian chess master and openings analyst. He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.  He later settled in St. Petersburg, then Heidelberg, Germany.  While studying at St. Petersburg Engineering Institute, he became on... Read More »

  • Adjournment

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    First introduced at Paris in 1878,  adjournment is a time out between playing sessions, generally overnight.  The side that is on the move seals (writes on a piece of paper and seals it in an envelope) a legal move, sight unseen by his o... Read More »