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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

    • My Immortal Game: The most beautiful game I ever played

      Most serious chess fans are aware of the so called "immortal"games of Adolf Anderssen from the early 1850s. These games were played in a swashbuckling style where both sides threw caution to the wind and pieces at their enemy's king until one of ... | Read More

    • A tale of a tournament: Seattle City Championship Day 1

      It was the first Seattle Weekend Swiss of the year, and there was plenty of fake drama. Writes Joseph Truelson:.......... Joseph didn't know what to play. His opponent had a seemingly won game. Like he had done so many times before, he had blunde... | Read More

    • Finally an "immortal" again! hmm ... kind of :)

      When adrenaline and dopamine meet, and when there is that sparkling exciting feeling that one is a character in a special-feeling chessboard, then the eyes open more, and start searching for that tactic magic follow up. Stockfish after the game s... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Feb 10, 2016
    • The Adventure of Captain Chess Hand

      Late night for Mr.C at the chess headquarters patiently contest playing the next chessboad released.THABOOM!enter the JONOT the dark harde upholder of EVIL CHESS CHEATER the enemy of ALL RIGHTEOUS CHESS PLAYER.WHO THE HELL ARE YOU ?WHAT DO YOU WAN... | Read More

      • RKD3
      • | Feb 3, 2016
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    • Immortal Game

      Welcome to this brand new article. In today's article I am going to show you one of my Proudest wins. I will admit during the course of my chess journey I have had some nice games. However, The game I am going to show you today is one of those ... | Read More

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  • 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 »