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  • Talks a Good Game

         The following piece was written by Paul Hugo Little,     a rather diverse writer and a chess expert himself.    Many people have probably encountered someone     like the chess expert described in the story below. (The diagrams... | Read More

  • Adonis

         I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | Read More

  • Play Magnus App Review

    Review by Christine VanCott Play Magnus is a free chess smartphone app available for Apple iOS (and recently) Android. It includes 99 game levels, training videos, and an interactive tournament feature. The app runs quickly ... | Read More

  • The Romance of Chess

    "After Anderssen's departure, Paul Morphy declared he would play no more even matches, and, certainly, his resolve was justified by the unheard of manner in which he had walked over all opponents."  -Frederick Edge          Althoug... | Read More

  • Pawn Breaks, part 3

    What would you say if it was the last word you were to speak? What would you do if it was the last thing you were to do? What opening would you write about if it was your last opening column you were to write? That was a little too dramatic for a ... | Read More

    • Board 5, Wigston 1 v Wigston 2, 13/10/16

      All moves in 75 minutesm with 10s increment from the start. I always manage to mess up the opening when I play Nik, but then recover.  This is the first time I have not beaten him in a classical game.  I simply lost my way in the opening. Aft... | Read More

    • a nice end game #C02 #french

      I'm very happy to win this game because it was a balanced game till the end game... yes of course there were some blunders from both sides. On move 59...Kf8?? my blunder was  unseen and the last opportunity to equalize the games gone. Hope you en... | Read More

      • m3zc
      • | Oct 14, 2016
    • Halloween

      It's that time of year again, a time of costumes and tricks, a time of scary end games and traps, and best of all, tons of caffeine and free candy!  Well kids, I'm Vaperchess formerly Kinglybingly, you may remember me losing countless times to th... | Read More

      • vaperchess
      • | Oct 6, 2016
    • It's OK to reject a Draw...

      Let's start with a little puzzle... Ok, so not too exciting as puzzles go, right?  Well, this move did compel White to resign, but what's more interesting I think is what led to this end game.  This resignation came about 40 moves after a dra... | Read More

      • ObiWanCote
      • | Sep 19, 2016
    • To Castle or not to Castle

      As we all know castling is the only move in chess where two pieces can move at the same time. There are two types of castling kingside ( denoted by 0-0) and queenside ( denoted by 0-0-0). They are also called castling short and castling long respe... | Read More

      • doctorpsb
      • | Sep 15, 2016

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »

  • Why you should almost never advance the soldier on f7!

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    You know in chess, your entire army works as a team!! But sometimes  a piece rebels against the king. They are out to cause trouble! Either that or they made the wrong move at the wrong time! In this case the f7 pawn made the same mistake! Or the... Read More »

  • You never know when you will face these very unusual and usual places

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    There are many positions in chess! There are three phases of the game-Beginning-middlegame-and Endgame! We will focus mainly on the Endgame today!!  This Endgame is simple.  It is focusing on the King and pawn versus king. This position is won-... 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 »