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  • Are Pawns The Soul Of Chess?

    In last week's column we talked about the chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor. While his three endgame positions are truly a cornerstone of the endgame play, Philidor's most quoted saying that pawns are the soul o... | Read More

  • The Art Of Maneuvering

    When my journey to the chess world was still in its nascent stages, I picked up a dusty old copy of My System, settled down in a comfortable chair, adopted a grave, contemplative expression, and started to read.  Everything went smooth... | Read More

  • The Biggest Secret Of Positional Chess

    I am not going to reveal a big secret if I say that the vast majority of chess players love tactical play and hate slow maneuvering. Indeed, tactics are beautiful and exciting and positional chess is weird and boring. That is, if you don't under... | Read More

  • Who Is The Architect Of Modern Chess?

    I am the proud owner of the obscure volume Pillsbury's Chess Career, published in 1922 by the American Chess Bulletin and written by two English amateurs, Philip Walsingham Sergeant and William Henry Watts. For several months i... | Read More

  • How To Ignore A Threat And Win

    In The Complete Book of Chess Strategy, IM Jeremy Silman defines prophylaxis as "a move or strategy that stops the opponent from undertaking some type of action or plan." Coined by Aron Nimzowitsch in his seminal work My System (1... | Read More

    • Tips For Improving Your Game

      Over the past few years my play has improved dramatically, much more than I thought it would at this stage of life. For what it's worth, I've zeroed in on some of the reasons and would like to share them. Don't fear losing. This is perhaps the bi... | Read More

      • logosx1
      • | May 1, 2016
    • The Passed Pawn

      We have to ask ourselves: when is a passed pawn ready to march? We differentiate three cases: (c) When the advance takes place with the intention of sacrificng the pawn, so the enemy King may be decisively drawn off from the field of battle. An e... | Read More

    • Supercharge my chess - day 21

      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, Day... | Read More

    • Petroff Defense for the win! Also great example of the natural central outpost for the knight

      Hi there,  I wanted to share a recent game I played against the computer level 4, which I think makes the same kind of descisions that somone in the 900s - 1200s range tends to make.  I decided to use the Petroff Defense, which I am li... | Read More

      • JerkyRobot
      • | Apr 1, 2016
    • Tactics falling from the trees - improve your chess skills

      Several chess students mention that solving tactics puzzles is easy because you know that there has to be a tactical win, while in your own chess games it is much harder to find those tactics. Of course this is true to some extend, but to push yo... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Mar 26, 2016

  • 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 »

  • Norm

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    A norm in chess is a high level of performance in a chess tournament. Several norms are one of the requirements to receive a title such as Grandmaster from FIDE.   Contents   [hide]  1 Grandmaster norm 2 Other FIDE norms 3 In n... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence,Accelerated Dragon

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    Many people suffers against maroczy bind setup against accelerated dragon which arises after the following move orders.In this type of setup white normally deided to play with strong centre and its very good setup for white againt accelerated dra... Read More »

  • East Indian Defence

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    The East Indian Defence is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. Nf3 g6[1] This opening has a close kinship to the more-common King's Indian Defence and is often considered a variant thereof. The difference is that Whi... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »