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  • Kasparov's Mysterious Move

    The already famous game So vs Kasparov played in the Ultimate Blitz Challenge is both fascinating and puzzling. Not only did GM Wesley So produce a game of unbelievable beauty, he did it against the arguably strongest chess player in the... | Read More

  • Links to the Past II

    As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wal... | Read More

  • New Contest: Chess In World Landmarks

    Have you ever seen a beautiful landmark or an interesting building and thought, "hey, this place could use more chess?" It's time for another photo manipulation contest on  [Update, June 30: results are below.] Use ... | Read More

  • When Men Were Men

    During the romantic era of chess, MEN WERE MEN. They played gambits. They went for mate. They drank whisky while pondering their next attacking move. If someone made a material sacrifice (which loses if the opponent simply refuses the “... | 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

    • Ever visited the Immortal Game restaurant?

      London's Simpson's-in-the-Strand - the restaurant where Adolf Anderssen defeated Lionel Kieseritzsky in "The Immortal Game" in 1851 - surprisingly does not mention the Immortal Game on its website. The website describes Simpson's chess origins... | Read More

    • Making Arsenal Great Again Part I

      Making Arsenal Great Again  Part 1or Time Pressure and The Art of the Transfer Deal. This is the Generation of that LEVIATHAN, or rather (to speake more reverently)of that Mortall God, to which we owe under the Immortal God, our peace and defen... | Read More

    • An Abnormal Brain

      Alexander Alekhine, well-known for his brilliant sacrifices, is one of the strongest players of all time in this author's humble opinion. His ability to analyze complications deeply, yet accurately, was simply stunning and he deserves to be up the... | Read More

    • Immortal pawn

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    • Chess and eSports?

      Chess. E-Sports. What are these two things, really, and why are they mentioned together? First of all, you may ask, what is chess? Seeing as you're on, I'll assume you already know. Hopefully. But what is E-Sports? Is Accor... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Williams, Elijah

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    Elijah Williams was an English chess master who came in 3rd at the London International in 1851.  In 1852 he published Horae Divanianae (Hours of the Divan), a book of 150 chess games played at Simpson’ Divan.  It included the &ldq... Read More »

  • Kieseritzky, Lionel

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    Lionel Adalvert Bagration Felix Kieseritzky (1806-1853) was a former mathematics teacher in Estonia who became a chess regular at the Cafe de la Regence in Paris and was of International Master strength.  He gave chess lessons at the Cafe for... Read More »

  • Falkbeer, Ernst

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    Ernst Falkbeer (1819-1885) was an Austrian player who contributed to the King’s Gambit (Falkbeer Counter Gambit - 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4).  In 1855 he gave the game between Anderssen and Kieseritzky played in 1851 its name of the Imm... Read More »