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  • Blindfold Art

    Convergences: Miles of String  by Marcel Duchampfrom the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition New York 1942, for the benefit of the French war relief societiesPhoto by John Schiff hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Untitled scul... | Read More

  • Dynamic Chess With GM Khachiyan

    What is dynamic chess? You'll find out here as GM Melik Khachiyan teaches you to compound your advantages and really put pressure on opponents. There's nothing like learning from in-game examples. Watch a great teacher break down dynamic chess fro... | 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

  • You Are Important!

    When we were learning how to play chess, most of us dreamed about becoming next Capablanca, Fischer or Kasparov one day. Alas, the sad reality is that 99.999 percent of us will never become one of the chess gods. Should we be disappointed and up... | Read More

  • Old Age, Great Chess!

    After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi... | Read More

    • I am Suxiru

             Hi, everyone, I am a chess enthusiast from China. The first statement, my English is not good, so my article is Baidu translate to help write, so there will be a lot of grammatical errors, please forgive me. In addition, Reimu and Mio i... | Read More

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    • Dinosaur Blog#3 5 Ways To Tell If Their A Real

      This next blog is on how to tell if someone/something is a dino! No.1 Check skin color (I've gone over this in blog#2) us dinos have dark skin color. If their pink their obviously not a dino! #2 Dumb Dinos. They don't exist! The average dino ha... | Read More

    • Weekly Dinosaur Blog #2 Barney Is Not A DINO

      So the type of Dinosaur I am is T-Rex. Not Barney. Barney isn't even a dinosaur. He's a fat fat man in a suit. Also Barney (unlike me) was born from two humans (Justin Bieber and {insert randomname of ugly} which is why he is so ugly!) I was born ... | Read More

    • Life of a Female Chess Player Pt. III: How it all Started

      Dear All, I apologize to everyone who enjoys reading my blogs for not posting in a long time. Due to the personal implications that writing these blogs have on my personal psyche, I struggle to write them sometimes. Long breaks are necessary for ... | Read More

    • Pandey, Dhawal Is now AFM!

      Hi everybody, Today I am very happy as I have got the title of AFM! Thanks to all my coaches(especially Rupesh Ranjan sir) and my father(who taught me how to play chess). | 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 ... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Divinsky, Nathan

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    Nathan Divinksy (1925-2012) was a Canadian chess master and played in several Canadian chess Olympiads.  He served as assistant dean of science at the University of British Columbia.  His former wife (1972-1983), Kim Campbell, was the 19th P... 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 »