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  • Eisenberg's Strange Gambit

          One of the oddest, yet intriguing variations in the King's Gambit Accepted is one discovered by Louis Eisenberg.             ...

  • What’s The Best Place To Play Chess?

    • pete
    • Mar 30, 2015, 12:21 PM

    There are a lot of options for the best place to play chess. Perhaps it’s in a large tournament, or even the world championship match, with millions of dollars on the line, and your opponent just blundered.  Maybe...

  • Ask a Chess Openings Expert!

    Dear Ask-a-Chess-Openings-Expert, My husband and I were planning on taking a trip next month to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary, but my mother refuses to watch the kids ever since Timmy put her cat in the...

  • Quiet Play can Frustrate Hypermodern Defense

    If I were asked to summarize hypermodern defense in a single sentence, it would be “Black sacrifices space for speed, planning to use his superior development to counter-attack the center White erects in response.”...

  • Classical Games Everybody Should Know, Part 5

    Last week we analyzed one of Morphy's games and you had a chance to see why Fischer once said that by the precision of his play Morphy was the best chess player of all time. In Part 4 we saw that Adolf Anderssen...

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  • Washington Class Championship: am I an Expert?

    At the Washington Open I'd played three masters and had such fun with them that I'd resolved to play up in subsequent tournaments.  This worked fairly well at the Oregon Open, too, though it did cost me a chance...

  • Light & Dark : A Visual Guide to Crazyhouse

    Light & Dark: A Visual Guide to Crazyhouse (visual ideas behind the moves in crazyhouse and bughouse) mastertan 2016 In light of the increasing amount of activity of crazyhouse chess, I’ve decided to write...

  • The Road to 1800

      December 2016 This is it, this is my public announcement that I am going to obtain an 1800 rapid rating on chess.com by the 1st of January 2020. This blog is not really intended for public consumption although...

  • Keeping the Fire Burning

    There comes a critical moment in every Chess game. I'm appreciating better when to sense that moment, largely through annotating and analysing my games in post mortem.   Any move that drastically changes the pawn...

  • Study Plan Update and Game of the Week

    Well I'm back after having played an interesting game last night at my local club. Since my first post last week I had a number of interesting insights. First, I realized that life very often gets in the way. It...

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