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  • 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

  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | Read More

  • Chess 101: One Opponent At A Time

    Unless you’re playing a simultaneous exhibition, you’re most likely only going to be playing one person at a time. That’s assuming that you don’t have to beat yourself as well as your opponent. How many times have you sat... | Read More

  • Can Anyone Be An IM Or GM?

    BeekeeperBob wrote: “I am a 19 year old who has been toying with the idea of making chess a career for me (either playing professionally or teaching chess). Unfortunately, I currently have no official ranking. So before I go spending the m... | Read More

  • The Pawn Center Controversy

    There are basic rules of chess strategy that we learn as soon as we start playing chess. One of the most fundamental premises is the importance of the center. We quickly learn that one of the major goals of positional chess is control ov... | Read More

    • Chess Made Fun

      Learn how to beat parents and teachers in a matter of weeks!Generally, children find chess books a technical nightmare with thick and boring text. However, Chess Made Fun has neat cartoons, easy-to-read font and fun puzzles. It's the perfect child... | Read More

    • Primo Reviews: "Chess 4 Kids" by Lucio A. Garay

         First....About The Author           Lucio A. Garay first was introduced to the game of chess more than 35 years ago. His Granduncle ignited his interest by showing him the game, and from that moment on, Lucio's passion for the game has... | Read More

      • AhJayPrimo
      • | Sep 30, 2016
    • A missed opportunity: FIDE Invitational Round 5

      There's always a nice thing with being last place in a tournament. You can figure, at least it won't get worse! And that was the correct type of thinking to have. Even though it is completely false. It really can get worse.  You could argue that... | Read More

    • Summertime Blues

      “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” -- Robert Burns   What a summer I've had and it isn't the chess summer I had planned. After a successful eight day chess trip in Philadelphia, I flew home, spent a day in hectic prepa... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Sep 18, 2016
    • TO G6 OR NOT TO G6!

             Frank Marshall Dear chess lovers, I like to browse chess books from different eras, and in doing so I sometimes find patterns that are beautiful, and poignant; patterns that are inherited from one generation to the next.... In thi... | Read More

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  • En Passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may ... Read More »

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • Divinsky, Nathan

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    Nathan Divinksy (1925-2012) was a Canadian chess master and played in several Canadian chess Olympiads.  He served as assistant dean of science at the University of British Columbia.  His former wife (1972-1983), Kim Campbell, was the 19th P... Read More »

  • Danish Gambit

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    • | 16 Reads

    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »