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  • How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where...

  • Alekhine's Defense: World Champion Openings

    GM BryanSmith Aug 27, 2015, 2:35 AM

    Alexander Alekhine won the title from Jose Raul Capablanca in their 1927 match. The Franco-Russian master had an unusually wide opening repertoire compared to the earlier champions, and he loved to experiment with...

  • Almost a Champion

    batgirl Jul 22, 2015, 10:49 AM

         To the chess-players of England the 18th century was just a fading memory.  Philidor had died and Verdoni, a man with a forgotten first name, took up his reins as professional at Parsloe's in London until he...

  • Lionel Kieseritzky

    batgirl Apr 12, 2015, 11:44 AM

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.  ...

  • Review: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5

    GM smurfo Dec 14, 2014, 2:22 AM

    If you were to ask a hundred grandmasters to name the most difficult chess variation about which to write an opening book, my guess is that the 6 Bg5 Najdorf would be the frontrunner. It is perhaps the most analysed...

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  • Chess traps in french defence

    Prashant1994 Feb 10, 2017, 3:16 AM

    This is one of the oldest openings but did not get its game until 1834 when Paris team , using this defense successfully defeated London in a correspondence games. There are many traps associated with this opening.

  • Newport A v Priorslee A

    dagdathecelt Feb 3, 2017, 7:51 AM

    The title is looking almost sewn up for Newport and we were going there more in hope than expectation of a result. We arrived though in pretty bouyant mood and up for the challenge. Afterall Adrian has a good record...

  • GM Anaconda Szabo annotates Dragons vs. Chessbrahs

    TorontoDragons Jan 28, 2017, 6:31 PM

    Week 2 was rivals week, so this time out, the Dragons faced players we knew much better - the Montreal Chessbrahs.  Toronto-Montreal chess matches were held on and off for decades with the Chessbrahs' GM Alexandre...

  • London Chess Classic 5: Adams strikes, Vlad escapes by ColinMcGourty

    sontu1296 Dec 13, 2016, 8:37 PM

    Mickey Adams took full advantage of a Veselin Topalov in full tilt mode to score the only win of Round 5 of the London Chess Classic. That game featured some brilliant attacking chess, but the most memorable encounter...

  • Mind Over Matter-Queen Sacrifices!

    kamalakanta Dec 11, 2016, 4:42 PM

    Hi, chess lovers! I am inspired by the following games....looking at Emanuel Lasker's win against Euwe in 1934, where Lasker sacrifices his Queen and beats Euwe, one year before Euwe wins the World Championship...

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  • ELEGANCE IN THE JURASSIC PERIOD

    FideCastro Feb 2, 2017, 2:15 PM

      M Podlesak      (134)    ½         D Pugh             (136)    ½           D Molineux      (125)    ½         R Peters           (133)    ½         P Staley            (124)    ½         S Grayland                  ...

  • TEAM MATCHES SUMMARY for the MONTH of JANUARY 2017

    TenyVarona Feb 1, 2017, 11:30 AM

    TEAM MATCHES COMPLETED FOR THIS MONTH: # Name Opponent Players Score Result Finished On 1 Boracay Challenge 2 (20160917)  CHESS STAR RESORT 26 25 | 27 Lost 31-Jan-17 2 Challenge at 250+ (20160827)  Team...

  • All Openings are Sound

    robertrange Jan 22, 2017, 1:43 PM

    All Openings are Sound Before leaving the subject of successful opening play, there is one other point I wish to make, by way of supplementing Sadler’s three principles. This is to say that by and large, it is a...

  • other flank openings

    robertrange Jan 20, 2017, 6:05 AM

    Other Flank Openings White to play To round off this section on the flank openings, we shall now take a brief look at what used to be called the ‘Irregular Openings’: everything other than 1 e4, 1 d4, 1 c4 and 1...

  • c4 Nf6 and Other English Lines

    robertrange Jan 20, 2017, 5:59 AM

    1 c4 Nf6 and Other English Lines 1 c4 (D) Black to play 1... c5 and 1... e5, the two moves we have looked at so far, deserve to be called the most important moves in this position, because these are the two ways...

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