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  • The Best Chess Of 2015

    As the calendar turns to 2016, it's time to look back at the best chess of the past year. The year 2015 was a big one for chess. With the creation of the Grand Chess Tour, the chess world had an exciting new super-tournament series to follo... | Read More

  • More Ways To Battle The Caro-Kann

    Last week, we discussed the first few options to fight against Black's Caro-Kann.  Now let's take a look at some of the most important ways White can respond to this opening. The Advance Variation: The line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 has... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Of 2014

    As 2014 draws to a close, it’s a natural time to look back at the best chess of the year. The past year was a good one for fans of the world’s most popular board game. There was an exciting world championship match, several amaz... | Read More

  • Paul Morphy's Chess Strength

    Paul Morphy, Spring Hill College, 1854      This is a highly unusual article for me.  I have no love for chess engines.  Additionally, I have severe reservations about trying to compare modern players with 19th cenutry players.  It h... | Read More

  • Study Plan For Intermediate Players: The Endgame!

    Target Skill Range: Intermediate (Rated 1400-1799) Arrive at your final chess destination with the knowledge you need to win! Tasks: Increase your knowledge of fundamental endgames. Improve your endgame technique. Complete these endgame ... | Read More

    • My Chess Life

      I just wanted to share how my chess play evolved. Well, I started to play chess when I was at primary school (I think first or second grade). Two friends of mine were already going to the "chess circle" (that's how it was called in the former So... | Read More

      • aln276
      • | Sep 22, 2016
    • New Training Regimen as of September 14th, 2016 (5 days per week)

      1). Tactics Trainer - 25/day. For the tactics you get wrong, analyze them and right down the ideas you have missed. Review them over time and the main ideas you tend to be missing:   2). Opening Explorer - Learn t... | Read More

      • KiNgNiCk23
      • | Sep 13, 2016
    • A Special Class of Rook and Pawn Endings Part 5

      We have been looking at KRP vs KR positions where the Pawn is a far as away as possible from it's goal.  Winning chances are good if the Pawn is a b or c Pawn and the defending King is far enough away.  What happens if the extra Pawn is a Rook P... | Read More

      • Jpatrick
      • | Jun 26, 2016
    • A summer of chess

      Finally, school is over and I have plenty of time to spend! I already got bored of doing nothing yesterday, so it is time for a chess improvement schedule. I'll be waking up at 7:00 AM and after getting ready I will read "My System" with my chess... | Read More

      • NathanBal
      • | Jun 16, 2016
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    • The most messed up puzzle in the world

                Try the most messed up game in chess history against the computer! Is it a forced mate? Comment below! | Read More

  • Mieses Opening

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    The Mieses Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. d3The opening is named after the German-British grandmaster Jacques Mieses. It is considered an irregular opening, so it is classified under the A00 code in the Encyclop... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... 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 »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Curdo, John

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    John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times ... Read More »