Chessopedia: Online Chess Encylopedia

  • Fianchetto

    • 270 Reads
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    A fianchetto is when a bishop sits on the longest diagonal, usually behind the moved knight's pawn.                              Here is another type called extended fianchetto.                   ... Read More »

  • Knight's tour

    • 255 Reads
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    The “Knight’s Tour” is an ancient chess puzzle in which the object is to move a knight, starting from any square on a chess board, to every other square, landing on each square only once.  The Knight’s Tour problem fas... Read More »

  • Vera Menchik Club

    • 231 Reads
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    Players who lost to Vera Menchik.  Before the start of the Carlsbad International Tournament in 1929, Albert Becker said if man should lose to this woman, he would be a member of the Vera Menchik Club.  His was the first member.  Ot... Read More »

  • Aaron, Manuel

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    Manuel Aaron was India’s first modern master and first International Master.  He was born in Toungoo, Burma (now Myanmar) on December 30, 1935 and became an International Master in 1961 (the next Indian International Master was V. Ravi in 1978... Read More »

  • Yugoslav Attack

    • 211 Reads
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    The Yugoslav Attack is in the Sicilian Dragon and is one of main lines White can choose from.   In this Variation, both sides castle opposite sides which results in attacking!  Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence, Scheveningen Variation

    • 174 Reads
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    The Scheveningen Variation of the Sicilian Defence arises after the moves 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e6.  Read More »

  • Capablanca, Jose

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    Cuban-born, Jose Capablanca (1888-1942) was American-educated and sent to a private school (Woodycliff School of South Orange) in New Jersey when he was 16 in 1904.  He joined the Manhattan Chess Club at that time and impressed many of the pl... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Semi-Slav Defense

    • 134 Reads
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      The Semi-Slav Defense is a variation of the Queen's Gambit chess opening, defined by the position reached after 1. d4 d52. c4 e63. Nc3 Nf64. Nf3 c6,though the position may readily be reached by a number of different move-orders. T... Read More »

  • Checkmate

    • 133 Reads
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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »