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  • 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

  • Could A Chess Computer Take Over The World?

    Chess-playing computers are almost unfathomably strong, and they are improving faster than even the best human players. Three months ago, we took a look at the top five computer chess engines, and today the best two programs on that li... | Read More

  • Reader Questions: Agenda, Study, And Analysis

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the, “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on I try to give a heady mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of ... | Read More

    • Benoni Boomerangs

      Years ago I was a local amateur Modern Benoni specialist. I read all books and magazines about it I could get, and analysing positions with a fellow chessclub member. My Benoni hero at that time was IM (later GM) David Norwood. I had a little boo... | Read More

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      • | Apr 29, 2016
    • Best super Fast Chess Engine Tournament 2016 Bullet 1m + 1s and Chess Engine History

      In Chess Engine History "Deep Blue" is the First Chess Engine Beat the World Chess Champion Grandmaster Garry Kasparov!!!     Deep Blue Chess: Deep Blue was a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. It is known for being the first piece o... | Read More

    • Pump up the volume !

      I have been reading some more in "Pump up your rating" by IM Axel Smith, and I must say that the part about pawn levers (pawn breaks), and trading pieces (featuring the famous GM Ulf Andersson), is quite fascinating, and I like it also because sin... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 16, 2016
    • Exchange Sacrifice to Monster Bishop in Endgame

      This was an interesting game I played today where I try out the White side of the Nimzo-Indian for the first time in a long time. Although I left theory pretty early with a dubious move, I found a few interesting moves as well as an admittedly not... | Read More

    • I Want Your Games!

      I have just gotten back into adding articles and content on my chess website:  I wanted to add a regular "Instructive Game" column where I create an instructive article based on a reader's game. So I would love for you t... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Chess Engines

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    A chess engine is a computer program which is capable of playing a game of chess.  Chess engines do not usually have a GUI (Graphical User Interface) and are designed to be used with a separate GUI.  Commercial chess programs normally ha... Read More »

  • Kempelen, Farkas

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    Farkas Kempelen (1734-1804) was the Inventor of the first automaton, The Chess Playing Turk, in 1769.  He built it for the sole purpose of entertaining and mystifying the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.  It was not a true mac... Read More »