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  • How Past Masters Can Help Your Game

    IM Silman Jan 21, 2016, 4:42 AM

    I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate...

  • The Queen of Chess

    batgirl Aug 4, 2013, 2:13 PM

          Most people even remotely interested in 19th century chess know about Mrs. John W. Gilbert and her extremely long announced mates. What seems to be less appreciated today is the sheer strength of this lady...

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jul 19, 2013

    NM danheisman Jul 19, 2013, 6:16 PM

    Two of the questions on today's show were: 1) Give us an example of how you evalute a position, and 2) What do you think about the line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 b6 (a fairly rare variation of the French Defense, Tarrasch...

  • Battling With The Birds

    Nytik May 29, 2009, 3:05 PM

    Most players shun the awkward-looking move 1. f4. "How rediculous!" they cry. "You are revealing your king to a deadly attack by the queen! You shall be crushed to a pulp for your insolence! You shall bow down to...

  • A Chess Emergency

    NM cldng Feb 2, 2008, 4:24 AM

       A Chess Emergency  By NM Steve Colding I recently was asked by  a member to comment on his blog. I did and since I feel it might help a little I submit it for your approval.Below...

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  • Chess is (anything but) fun Opening Series #1: The Birds

    Joseph_Truelson Oct 16, 2016, 5:03 PM

    The only photo in this blog is courtesy of Joseph_Truelson. Also, notice that all quotes in this blog are slightly altered (If they aren't, then I will mention it). And by "slightly altered", it is what I determine...

  • "The Old Cook"

    Podaryonka Sep 11, 2016, 3:39 AM

      Konstantin   Georgiyevich  Paustovsky   “The Old Cook”     In one winter’s evening of 1786 in outskirts of Vienna, in a little wood house the blind old man was dying – the former cook of countess Toon. In...

  • M. Rouzeau -N. Bellon 0-1, For the Birds

    lichessclub Jun 25, 2016, 12:37 PM

    I'm not a big fan of the Bird's Opening (1.f4) for White as I feel it makes life easy for Black who has many flexible responses (1...Nf6, ...d5, etc.).  Here, I replied with 1...b6, a favorite of mine against anything...

  • Boris Spassky 2016 interview

    Spektrowski Jun 9, 2016, 11:55 AM

    This interview was conducted by Yuri Golyshak and Sergei Kruzhkov for their column Friday Talk in the Sport-Express newspaper in early 2016. Heading photo was taken during that interview.   The tenth world champion...

  • Good Luck or Good Skill?: FIDE Junior Invitational Rounds 6-7

    Joseph_Truelson Mar 29, 2016, 7:38 PM

      "I'd rather have good luck than good skill"- Joseph Truelson   I can be heard saying this at many tournament, as many of you may have observed. Add that to my list of many other odd quotes:   "We do not live in...

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