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  • Charles de Maurian: Problemist

         Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4 school year at Spring Hill College ... | Read More

  • The Fastest Way To Improve Your Chess

    I bet most of our readers have heard the overused cliche, "Chess is 99% tactics." This catchy phrase underlines the importance of calculation in chess, but is chess really 99% tactics? Well, it depends. The chess competition betwe... | Read More

  • The Magic Square In Chess

    Mikhail Tal was known not only for his fierce attacks and beautiful sacrifices but also for his amusing stories that made even non-chess-players smile. We discussed one such story in this article. Here is another anecdote&... | Read More

  • Is A Knight On The Rim Always Grim?

    SkladakoV’s question is about this position. He asked: “What if White doesn’t take by 16.Bxa5? Doesn’t that leave the knight on a5 stuck on the side of the board?” Jeremy Silman: I think most people wou... | Read More

  • How To Think Critically In Chess

    Chess is a thinking game. Thought processes and time management are intertwined and are two of the most important skills. I break down time management into two sub-skills: Macro Time Management: The ability to use almost all of your time eve... | Read More

    • Fun Chess at Redmond High School chess club

      There have been many blog posts lately, each player writing about their own experiences with openings. Here is mine. When I go to Redmond High School chess club, I often play Daniel He, Samuel He, or Anshul. We all know that the He brothers ar... | Read More

    • Soulive - Jazz/Funk Trio

      Soulive Brothers Alan and Neal Evans, on drums and Hammond B-3 organ, respectively, form two-thirds of the souljazz/groove trio Soulive. Rounding out the group is Eric Krasno on guitar. The band was formed in the late '90s when all three members ... | Read More

    • JUMPING KNIGHTS (Blitz chess #75)

      Hello, the noob here, I hope you're doing fine. Over on my channel I've posted another video in the "Blitz chess" series. I hope you can help me spot my mistakes in order to improve.   CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO! ... | Read More

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    • Do One Thing Every Day That ?

      "On June 1, 1997, Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune wrote a column.   The column began with the injunction to wear sunscreen,   and continued with discursive advice for living without regret.   In her introduction to the column, she des... | Read More

    • Radioactive Dating Methods: Wasy they make conflicting results tell the same story

      When it comes to measuring the ages of things, we are told that there are a dozen different radioactive dating methods and that they all give the same answer. Do they? Fossil wood from a quarry near the town of Banbury, England, some 80 miles nor... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Frere, Thomas

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    Thomas Frere (1820-1900) was one of the foremost promoters of chess in the USA in the 19th century. He helped organize the 1st American Chess Congress in New York. He was a player in the minor tournament of that congress. He organized the first Br... Read More »

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... 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 »

  • Abrahams, Gerald

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    Gerald Abrahams (1907-1980) was British lawyer (barrister), chess master and chess author.   His eight chess books include Teach Yourself Chess (1948), The Chess Mind (1952), Handbook of Chess (1960), Technique in Chess (1961), Test Your Chess... Read More »

  • Axedrez

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    The obsolete Spanish word for chess (which is now ajedrez).  The Portuguese player Damiano wrote a Spanish book suggesting chess was invented by Xerxes and should be named after Xerxes, hence, the word Axedrez.  Axedrez is used for the word ches... Read More »