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  • How To Use Dynamic Diagonals

    People spend too much time reading opening books. There you go, I have said it. Think what you may of this statement, but it seems to me that the chess market is saturated with opening books. So many people will blindly buy a book, add to their ... | Read More

  • Overextending Your Pawns

    The member JN wrote: I took up chess about a year ago when a friend introduced me to the game. Since then, he and I have taken to playing quite often; we typically play about four or five days a week, two or three games in a sitting. ... | Read More

  • An Opening Line For Masters

    Last week we analyzed a line that could be a decent opening weapon for club players. As you remember, unlike the openings played by super-grandmasters, it didn't require any special opening knowledge and could be learned in one minute. The obvio... | Read More

  • An Opening Line For Club Players

    There are certain opening variations in chess which can be labeled "for top players only." The most obvious example would be the Berlin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. But club players shouldn't be jealous since there are also opening variations "fo... | Read More

  • How Past Masters Can Help Your Game

    I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate on tactics and strategy). To add a... | Read More

    • Road to GM: Week 2 "Step by step"

          Today begins the second week of my journey of becoming a Grandmaster. It's a long, treacherous road with crocodile goons and lobster mobsters but it's one well paved. Last week I discussed my chess status and a plan of action that i needed ... | Read More

    • Castle early and often (or not) !

      Castling, bringing the king out of the center and into safety, and activating the passive rook, is often an important part of chess. Beginning chess players are told to castle early. Some people overdo it though. In this game from the Tim Krabbe ... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 26, 2016
    • Prominent Puzzles from the U.S. Championship

      The U.S. Championship has been full of excitement so far. Wesley So has been sacrificing pieces, Ray Robson is in second place with lots of time-trouble escapes, GM Jeffrey Xiong beat GM Gata Kamsky after a schocking blunder in a better position f... | Read More

    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog V: St. Petersburg 1909

      St. Petersburg 1909By Emanuel LaskerForward by Tim HardingRussell Enterprises Inc.  2008190 pagesThe St. Petersburg 1909 tournament started out as nineteen players battling for supremacy but finished as a two man race between the World Champion E... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Apr 14, 2016
    • Game Analysis #7 - French Defense (Winawer)

      Time Control: 30|30 | Read More

      • Patzer8000
      • | Apr 7, 2016

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

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    King's Indian Defense belongs to the Indian Defense family of openings and is characterised by the early fianchetoeing of the black dark-squared bishop on g7. It is a sharp opening and it has always been a very popular choice for black ever ... Read More »

  • En passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may onl... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence

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      The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed.Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking cont... Read More »