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  • 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

  • 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

    • 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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      • hishamdbd
      • | Jul 11, 2016
    • 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

    • Stanley cup 2016, san jose sharks, penguins, sharks, stanley cup, penguins score

      PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Grandparents, girlfriends, wives, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, childhood friends, a person with associations to the Pittsburgh Penguins are arriving masse with the anticipation -- nay en, fervent wish -- that the Stan... | 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

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 »