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  • Advanced Patterns: Pin And Win

    In our last article, we discussed the importance of typical chess patterns using a pin as an example. As you become proficient in recognizing chess patterns, you'll see them everywhere! Suddenly you'll realize that the Morphy's "Ope... | Read More

  • Charles de Maurian: Problemist

         Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4 school year at Spring Hill College ... | Read More

  • Patterns: Bishop+Rook Mates

         Many naturally talented chess players effortlessly envision mating patterns, applying them or threatening their application with amazing ease.  Other, less talented players such as myself, must keep hammering t... | Read More

  • Who Was The Greatest Chess Theorist?

    Axorcist wrote: “My question is this: Who do you consider to be the greatest chess theorist of all time? I have never read a good review on who really had the most influence on the development of knowledge in our beautiful game. Was i... | Read More


         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

    • An Artistic Checkmate, from LaBourdonnais to Zukertort, to Bronstein!

      Charles de La Bourdonnais (1795-1840)   David Bronstein was a great admirer of the great Masters of the 19th Century. In particular, he mentioned La Bourdonnais and Morphy. In this game we gain a slight glimpse as to why this is so.         ... | Read More

    • Efim Geller learns a positional lesson from La Bourdonnais!

      Two games, 127 years apart...similar concepts! In this case, the concept in common is how Black exploits the weakness of a whole complex of white squares in White's position, and uses this to penetrate the position and attack. Enjoy!      ... | Read More

    • Morphy walking tour in New Orleans

      Here's a tour of Paul Morphy sites in the French Quarter. 1. Birthplace: 1113 Chartres St - the historic LeCarpentier-Beauregard-Keyes House Paul Morphy was born here on June 22, 1837, Built in 1826 for Paul Morphy’s grandfather, Joseph Le ... | Read More

    • Campeones mundiales de ajedrez; foto: Magnus Carlsen

        El campeonato del mundo de ajedrez 2016 se jugará en Nueva York (01,03,16) Esta mañana el mundo del ajedrez se ha despertado con una impactante noticia. El periódico internacional Wall Street Journal (WSJ) informaba de que ya se había deci... | Read More

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    • How to beat <1200 players

      First of all i want to say that this post is not for players that have more than 1500, this is for those players that are hasnt reach the  1300 and they ask why is so difficult to beat his opponents, truth is that most of players with 1200 dont r... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... Read More »

  • Evergreen Game

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    Adolf Anderssen was a great tactician and attacker, and was arguably one of the best players of his time. In this game against Dufresne in Berlin,1852, it became famous instantly after it was played. It was called the Evergreen Game by Wihelm Stei... Read More »

  • Harrwitz, Daniel

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    Daniel Harrwitz (29 April 1823 – 9 January 1884) was a German master (born in Breslau, Silesia) and world’s best active player in the mid 1850s.  He played matches against Staunton, Anderssen, Lowenthal, and lost to Morphy.  He became a prof... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »