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  • 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

  • Links to the Past

    This is the week of Halloween, a time when we dust the cobwebs, ressurect the dead and free the whispy ghosts of the departed.I thought this would be an appropriate time to open my own vault into the not-so-distant past with links to what has c... | Read More

  • Who Will Beat Magnus Carlsen?

    If you follow my weekly column, then you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Magnus Carlsen. I like his chess style, his general attitude to play till the very end and his notorious disregard of the opening theory. I grew up at the height... | Read More

  • Amazing Games for Beginners

    Even the barest novice can appreciate and learn from the exquisite artistry and logic in the conceptual masterpieces to be found here. Join some of's finest teachers on a tour of the most dazzling and instructive ches... | Read More

    • Road to the 2000s: #1 Reaching the 1000s!

      Hey everyone and welcome to my first blog post of the Road to the 2000s series where I keep everyone updated about my journey to that rating. It will be a long journey, I'll tell you that.   But recently, I played in the 2016 Ice Harbor Schola... | Read More

      • Sengdao
      • | May 19, 2016
    • 10 facts about the human body that the surgeon knows only

      10 facts about the human body that the surgeon knows only This is information from the surgeon''s blog. Source: facts capable of surp... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | May 17, 2016
    • KIMPLODES--King Safety! (Part 2 of 10)

      King Safety is the Topic of the Day! His Majesty is the weakest piece on the board, unable to bear to approach other pieces too closely lest they check him away...or into his grave (do King's have graves, or only mauseleoms, pyramids, or oth... | Read More

    • Perfect Chess Trainer Demo APK 1.55.1

      You are viewing Perfect Chess Trainer Demo app version 1.55.1 for free which is produce by Michael Bartl. This app is one of Board Games which require your Mobile or Tablet using Android 2.2+. You also can find more information and click to the li... | Read More

      • chuduy
      • | Apr 22, 2016
    • Smoke around the King

      Attacking the king is one of the most fun parts of chess for most chess players, except for those who to prefer to spend hours to win one pawn and then grind down the opponent in several more hours Here's the famous Tarrasch versus the famous Ni... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 22, 2016

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 »