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  • The Joy Of Reviewing Chess Games

    One of the great joys of chess is to sit back, relax, and review a game filled with subtle maneuvers or insanely wonderful tactics. At times, the game might be a masterpiece. At other times, the game might offer only one incredible moment, but tha... | Read More

  • The Best Of The Old And New Schools

    Occasionally I run into players who think that Bobby Fischer "did it all by himself." I.e. he locked himself in his room, studied chess until he was world class, and then burst onto the tournament scene. Uh, no. Every day after school, Bobby w... | Read More

  • Man vs Machine Historical Archive

    Man vs Machine matches pit humans against the strongest chess entities of all time — chess engines. As chess engines are many classes stronger than even the strongest grandmasters, all matches take place at some form of odds. The... | Read More

  • Komodo Devours Lenderman; Hikaru Match Slated Jan.

    Humans long ago relinquished their claim as the world’s best chess players to the computer engines that now play the most accurate version of chess and who now exclusively probe the leading edge of game’s discoveries. While play... | Read More

  • The Ages of Chess

    Caveat: The terms I use in the below essay are strictly my own invention and are not, by any means, generally accepted nomenclature. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * \ Chess Comes of Age /      Around the end of the 15t... | Read More

    • Square Off. The next big thing in the world of chess.

      All the chess lovers would agree that the joy of playing chess on a real board is unparalleled. But what if your friends and family, or at least the ones who love the game as much as you, are miles away and there’s no one around to sit across th... | Read More

    • The 4th FIDE Online Grand Prix.

      1. Description 1.1. The 4rd FIDE Online Grand Prix will be held on FIDE Online Arena platform hosted on web address:  on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. 2. Participation The players who can participate in the Grand... | Read More

      • Humbetov
      • | Oct 9, 2016
    • Grandmaster Play on this Site

      Pertaining to Grandmaster Play on this Site, why is it that most if not all Chess Grandmasters only play Blitz or Bullet Chess and not longer more 'Classical' games such as what is offered here, namely Game 45/45? My opinion is that there is so mu... | Read More

      • DrIrish
      • | Oct 6, 2016
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    • The Blunder Games - Two Players Survive!

      For my first blog post, I'm going over a game I should have won but only drew, luckily. However, it was a great game, and that's the point of playing chess: to have a great time. The reason why I didn't win the chess game is because of to many blu... | Read More

    • Boris Spassky new interview. "Lokomotiv Society Saved Me Twice"

      Original here. Interview conducted by IM Igor Lensky. Lokomotiv Society Saved Me Twice On July 19th, it's been 50 years since the legendary grandmaster, Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR and tenth chess world champion, Boris Spassky, recei... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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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    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 »