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  • Kings On Steroids

    The most sacred of all pieces is the king, a piece we must care for and nurture. Right!? Wrong!  In this article we are going to take a look at kings on steroids. The kings below are drugged up to their eyeballs and ready... | Read More

  • It's Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana May 10: GM Blitz Battle #3

    Who will be the third player to reach the semifinal, Fabiano Caruana or Maxime Vachier-Lagrave? We'll know at the end of's third GM Blitz Battle Championship, scheduled for Tuesday, 10 May at 10 a.m. Pacific (GMT-7), ... | Read More

  • How To Avoid Hanging Stuff

    The member KayOneM asked about the pros and cons of his games and how he can improve his play. He also mentioned that “in some positional games, when I don’t have any tactics or tricky attack, I don’t know how to improv... | Read More

  • The Death Of The Berlin Defense

    "You might not be able to fight like a samurai, but you can at least die like a samurai." -- Kill Bill, Vol. 1.  The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez is a very peculiar opening. Spectators hate it, most chess players hate it (coun... | Read More

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: 'A Truly Horrible Game'

    It's time for another installment of Pete's Pathetic Chess, where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to a brilliant grandmaster and the best chess-playing computer in the world. Joining my foolishness with his own (lucid) annotations... | Read More

    • Tactical Labyrinth

      I would still play 13 .... Bb8 ?! even though the computer frowns upon it. Ultimately the bishop pair enabled black to mount a strong counter-attack beginning with 21 ... e4 although it is the 'silicon monster' which shows us how the attack should... | Read More

    • The Most Common Phrases In Chess Commentary (And What They Mean!)

      I'd like to break down some of the most common phrases used in chess commentary that, as far as I know, have never been clearly defined by any other source. This is a topic I've long wanted to write about, because I watch a *lot* of chess commenta... | Read More

      • hellokostya
      • | Jul 22, 2016
    • Chessspank's July 22, 2016 Simul Draw Against GM Ľubomír Ftáčnik

      GM Lubomir Ftacnik lectured and held simultaneous exhibitions in South Carolina recently, with stops at chess clubs in Greenville, Charleston, and Columbia.  GM Ftacnik gave an excellent lecture on game 10 of the 1966 world champio... | Read More

      • chessspank
      • | Jul 22, 2016
    • Me vs. the prodigies: SCC July Tornado Rounds 1-2

      According to my English class, (horrible teachers) a way to captivate the reader is to start with something confusing, or at the end of the story, and then you go back in time and describe everything. So maybe I'll give that a try, and once I'm cr... | Read More

    • Book Review: Insanity, Passion and Addiction

      BOOK REVIEW:  “Insanity, Passion and Addiction: A year inside the chess world” (Danny Gormally)   Most chess books are more or less the same. An opening treatise, an instructional book on endgames or middlegames, a t... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Jul 21, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Mieses Opening

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    The Mieses Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. d3The opening is named after the German-British grandmaster Jacques Mieses. It is considered an irregular opening, so it is classified under the A00 code in the Encyclop... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... 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 »

  • Curdo, John

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    John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times ... Read More »