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  • A Rare And Brutal Rook Configuration

    Once in a while, a game grabs my attention due to some amazing positional concept or, less often (I say “less often” since most tactics are rather repetitive), due to a really interesting tactical battle. Usually you’ll see these... | Read More

  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • Patterns: Bishop+Rook Mates

         Many naturally talented chess players effortlessly envision mating patterns, applying them or threatening their application with amazing ease.  Other, less talented players such as myself, must keep hammering t... | Read More

  • Who Was The Greatest Chess Theorist?

    Axorcist wrote: “My question is this: Who do you consider to be the greatest chess theorist of all time? I have never read a good review on who really had the most influence on the development of knowledge in our beautiful game. Was i... | Read More

  • Nakamura vs Harikrishna: 1 Million Scovilles Of Chess On May 4

    GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Pentala Harikrishna are set to face off May 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in the second GM Blitz Battles Match. You may want to bring a cold glass of milk. "Naka" and "Hari" together make an incredibly spicy combo. The "nag... | Read More

    • Study plan and goals

      My closest goal is participation and good results in Cracovia, 2016. As a good result I would consider any place from 1st to 10th in the tournament C. Last year I didn't show up for the last game. If it wasn't for that and had I won that game I wo... | Read More

    • 2015/16 wrap-up - miscellaneous games from last season

      Hi all,   Long time, no post on my blog, I'm sorry to say. Summer has occurred, which has meant no chess, either in the league or at the university club. Hence, my chess ability has been steadily regressing over the past few months, due to a c... | Read More

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    • Tactics Rating Increase

      I was just looking at my all-time stats on Tactics Trainer the other day and I noticed quite a significant jump in rating since I started to adopt different tactics training methods around six months ago. The stats show that from 2012 to the end o... | Read More

    • Analysis of one of my correspondence games

      Correspondence chess is different than live chess. Time controls are way slower, from 1 move per day to 10 moves per 40 days (1 move every 4 days if we divide it up) meaning that the player can take all the time he needs to correctly calculate all... | Read More

    • 14+ Reasons why I make bad moves: Seafair Open Rounds 2

      There's a lot more than 14 reasons why I play bad moves, but I'll reveal some of them to you. Maybe you can take advantage of them when you play me. Both me and my opponent were NM's, but for different reasons. He was a National Master, while I w... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Dunst Opening

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    The Dunst Opening is a chess opening where White opens with the move: 1. Nc3This fairly uncommon opening may have more names than any other: it is also called the Heinrichsen Opening, Baltic Opening, van Geet's Opening, Sleipnir Opening,... 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 »