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  • Why Chess Players Blunder (Part 2)

    Part 1 of our previous instalment offered a theoretical framework for blunders. This second part suggests a way to combat impulsiveness and blunder-tendencies. Chess players are often encouraged to read chess books and watch DVDsto improvetheir ... | Read More

  • Confused Bishops And Drunk Knights

    Just recently I have become a bit obsessed with strange and peculiar chess moves originating from knights and bishops. In my first article for I took a look at what can be called The Nimzowitsch Knight Dance, and in t... | Read More

  • The 8 Best Chess Apps

    The mobile platform now dominates the Internet. Many more YouTube videos are watched on mobile devices (mostly smartphones) than on desktop and laptop computers combined. Two months ago, Google announced that the majority of its search... | Read More

  • Did Hollywood Get 'Pawn Sacrifice' Right?

    By now many members have seen the first trailer for Pawn Sacrifice, the Hollywood movie based on the rise of Bobby Fischer to world chess champion. We've known for a while that Spiderman, or rather Tobey Maguire, was to play the fiv... | Read More

  • How To Play The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit

    The 90s were a decade of complex openings:  in particular, the King's Indian and the Semi-Slav. In 1992, a peculiar attacking idea came out of Latvia to combat the Semi-Slav, Meran Variation. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6... | Read More


      Isn’t it interesting that you are allowed to make two moves per turn. Like in our Childhood days, we used to feel so lucky and immensely happy, if we were allowed to make two moves in a game. Chess players have a chance to re-live their childhoo... | Read More

    • Shanghai Competitors League 1, Rd. 2

      Today was the day for round 2 of 9 in the Maya Championship. It's a league for Shanghai players below master level to get some exciting, longish games OTB using a 50 10 time control. Let's get right to it and...oh no wait...what's happening...oh ... | Read More

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    • Modern Correspondence Chess from the Inside Out:

      What is ICCF?The International Correspondence Chess Federation is the world governing body on officially-rated correspondence chess games. There are delegates from many countries that promote their own national or international ICCF tournaments &a... | Read More

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      • | Mar 1, 2016
    • Glorious chess moves played in obscurity

      Thou hast thy calling to some old chess board,Most gracious master of high rating! whereThe players will break footing, from the careOf watching up thy strategy for more.And dost thou lift this house's latch too poorFor hand of thine? and canst th... | Read More

    • Un-retiring from Chess, Twenty Years Later!

      To sum up my last post about my past life as a tournament player: I started playing in the early 1980s, rose to National Master (NM), and then a short time later abruptly left the game in the early 1990s when other things in life became a priority... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • A master losing

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    Have you ever seen a master lose in just 6 moves? Well, today yu are going to see one... Hope you enjoyed it and see you next time! Read More »

  • Chess tips

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    You always want to improve your game. Here are 5 simple and easy chess tips. 1 Attack with all your pieces 2 don't bring out your queen too early 3 Take your time 4 Don't play odd moves to confuse the other player unless you are 100 percent su... Read More »

  • Three-Fold Repitition

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    One way to draw a game is to manuvuer into a sitiuation where the same EXACT position is repeated three times. This is called THREE-FOLD REPITITION. It usually happens with PERPETUAL CHECK. That means one side keeps checking the other side and nei... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

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    The Dragon Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of variations. Black plays 5...g6 with the purpose of fianchettoeing his bishop with ...Bg7. The preparatory move 2...d6 makes sure that the bishop will have an open long diagonal on g7.... Read More »

  • Shogi

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    Shogi is the Japanese form of Chess. It has been evolving in a different direction as international Chess for more than 1000 years, however, and its history contains many Shogi variants, some even still played today. Modern Shogi is played on a 9x... Read More »