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  • An Opening Line For Club Players

    There are certain opening variations in chess which can be labeled "for top players only." The most obvious example would be the Berlin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. But club players shouldn't be jealous since there are also opening variations "fo... | Read More

  • How Do I Get That 1800 Into A Fried Liver?

    "Is the Fried Liver Attack good to play against players rated 1800-2000?" This was one of the questions in this month's TV show "Q&A with Coach Heisman. My answer: "Well, yes, but that's not the problem (and I get a similar question... | Read More

  • Chess in the Vieux Carré

         The Vieux Carré  or French Quarter, cradled in the crescent of the Mississippi River, was the original site of La Nouvelle-Orléans.  Although during the 19th century New Orleans expanded and become more Americanized eroding th... | Read More

  • Attacking 101: Volume #001 Book (October 2012)

    Attacking 101: Volume #001 The goal of the books in this series (Attacking 101: Volume #nnn) is to provide detailed analysis of my own attack games played against lower rated players. The players are all rated in the range of 1000 to 1800 - the t... | Read More

  • Formation Attacks Book (June 2010)

    Formation Attacks The Ultimate Chess Attack Book has finally arrived!  As a Chess Master that has spent many years playing aggressive and attacking chess, I was quite dismayed during a past visit to my local booksto... | Read More

    • Blackmare Diemar Trap

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    • Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Accepted

      The starting point of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit may be reached via various move orders. Below are three of the most common move orders: 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 A standard... | Read More

    • Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Ziegler Defence

      Hey, everyone! For my first blog post, I've analyzed a recent win against a 2000+ player in the BDG (Ziegler Defence: 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6). Enjoy the game, and please leave some constructive comments! | Read More

    • 2nd place in the 2015 Wisconsin Memorial

      Last weekend I played in the Wisconsin Memorial in Madison, and had the good fortune to tie for second place with 4/5, which is my best tournament result by far. I wanted to showcase three of my games: my second round win against a very talented y... | Read More

      • Blougram
      • | Dec 18, 2015
    • Open Ciutat de Badalona (dummies group, not the good one)

      Recently I played my second slow OTB tournament. Instead of having a post for every game, I'll put them all in a single post. This is more for my own reference than to publish them, as there's few interesting in them. You're warned, if you contin... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | Sep 5, 2015

  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... 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 »

  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... Read More »

  • Diemer, Emil Josef

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    Emil Josef Diemer (1908-1990) was a German master who contributed to the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, 1.d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3.f3 or 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4.  In 1935/36 and 1936/37 he took first place in the Premier Reserves Major Tournament at Hastin... Read More »

  • Blackmar, Armand

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    Armand Blackmar (1826-1888) was a music professor, music publisher, and amateur chess player.  He established a music house in New Orleans during the Civil War.  He wrote Southern patriotic music such as the Dixie War Song (1861), the Be... Read More »