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  • Say "Hello!" to Version 3

    It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of is finally ready to step up and take online chess to a new level - and take your chess to new levels as well.  Version 3 (v3) has been our #1 priority for over two year... | Read More

  • Stop Making The Same Mistakes Over And Over

    In the movie Groundhog Day (1993), Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman who inexplicably starts repeating February 2 every day in the groundhog-crazed town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Connors spends an unknown amount of time stuck i... | Read More

  • Sicilian Endgames: Three Pawns for the Piece

    In various lines of the Sicilian, Black plays ...a6 and ...b5, which sometimes gives White the chance to sacrifice a minor piece on b5. The knight that ends up on b5 subsequently captures on d6, the queens are traded, and a typical endgame arises.... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #35 - The Good Knight

    Professor: Good day, class. Would you rather be a knight? Or would you rather be a bishop? Zephyr: That’s quite a “hello,” Professor. Lucian: I’m fine. How are you? Professor: I’m doing OK. Forgive me for getting right into matt... | Read More

  • Mysterious GM Moves

    When you hear the word "brilliancy," what comes to mind? A dazzling combination with multiple sacrifices? A captivating tactical melee in which both players display their calculational expertise? Without a doubt, brilliancy has a tactical connotat... | Read More

    • Death of a Chess Position

      Eventually losing this position was like reliving Death of a Salesman. Act 1 Scene 1 is optimistic and full of hope ... but by the final scenes all of one's dreams are in disarray. It was instructive for me to see how it unfolded, pin pointing in ... | Read More

    • 5 things to remember while playing chess online

      Playing chess can be incredibly satisfying, but it obviously requires a partner. That's where online chess platforms come in. If you're an avid chess player but somehow lack proper sparring partners, this is the best opportunity you can get for po... | Read More

    • Mac and Chess: Still Such a Sad State?

      I never imagined when I wrote The Sad State of Chess on Mac in January of last year that it would become one of the most popular articles in the blog’s history. I wrote the entry in response to my personal frustrations with trying to run Chessba... | Read More

    • The Art of Attacking, Part the First

      Hi guys, I'm back today with the first part of my blog series: The Art of Attacking. This is the first blog of four, so stay tuned to catch each part! Just as a reminder, I am not a top-level player, so don't take everything I say as the fi... | Read More

    • My 2nd Luckiest Game Ever

      In what I have long considered my luckiest game ever, I survived a completely losing ending down a queen and pawns for rook and bishop. In the same tournament a year later (a PCC Tuesday night game), the same powers that be have gifted me yet a... | Read More