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  • Can You Solve Our 2015 Holiday Puzzler?

    Your favorite annual chess tradition is back. is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler quiz for 2015. The 10 members who score the highest on the Holiday Puzzler will win the prizes below. ... | 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

  • Martin Villemson's Gambit

         Many openings go by various names. The opening(s) we'll be looking at below not only go by many names, but the situations, like gambits themselves, can get messy, muddy and uncertain very quickly.      The title of this article i... | Read More

  • Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

    [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More

  • The Golden Age

         In September 1945 the proud and confident USA team suffered a humiliating, crushing defeat at the hands of the Soviet team in a 10 board, 20 game match played through a novel use of radio transmission, each set of matched contestants pl... | Read More

    • Queen's Gambit Declined

      Botvinnik-Keres (Moscow 1952) Botvinnik-Larsen (Noordwijk 1965) | Read More

      • Kushina9
      • | May 31, 2016
    • Learning the Spanish (Ruy Lopez): Misadventures in the Chigorin

      Exploring the Spanish: The Chigorin Part 2   In my last blog I introduced the Chigorin Variation of the Spanish, focusing on the Rubenstein line with 12...Nc6. Just as a reminder, the position is displayed below. The last post also included som... | Read More

    • Supercharge my chess - day 13

      Today I continue to write about my daily experiences in the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course.  You can read about the past days: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9,  Day 10, Day 11, Day 12  ... | Read More

    • Entrevista al MF. Marcelo Jorquera

      Reportaje: una charla con Marcelo Jorquera -                                              1 - ¿Podrías relatarnos tus primeros contactos con el mundo del ajedrez? Aprendí a mover las piezas a la ed... | Read More

    • P.H. Clarke - Cien miniaturas rusas (capitulo onceavo)

      CAPITULO ONCEAVO GUERRA Y PAZ. En “defensa de las tablas” o “guía practica del jugador para evadir las reglas”, son otros dos títulos que podrían sugerirse, quizá sarcásticamente, como perfectamente apropiados aquí. El segundo de... | Read More

      • Ernestoche
      • | Apr 28, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Keres Defense

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    The Keres Defence (also known as the Kangaroo Defence or Franco-Indian Defense) is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. d4 e62. c4 Bb4+The opening is named for Estonian grandmaster Paul Keres. This opening was known since t... Read More »

  • Oll, Lembit

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    Lemibt Oll was born in April 23, 1966 in Hohtla-Jarve, Estonia.  In 1982, he was chess champion of Estonia.  In 1983, he was awarded the International Master title.  In 1984, he was junior champion of the USSR.  From 1992 through 1998, he play... Read More »

  • 1936 in chess

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    In January 1936, the All-Russian Trade Union Tournament finished after six months of steady play.  The event had 700,000 participants.  Georgy Lizitzin and Vitaly Checkover tied for 1st place. On January 4, 1936, the 16th Annual Hastings Christ... Read More »

  • Tolush, Alexander

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    Alexander Tolush (1910-1969) was a Russian Grandmaster (1953).  He was Leningrad champion in 1937, 1938, 1946, and 1947.  He took 2nd in the 1950 USSR championship, behind Keres.   He was an early trainer for Boris Spassky and ... Read More »