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  • 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

  • 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

    • Maya Chiburdanidze proposes a new tournament system

      Part of an interview by Evgeny Surov,, 13th June 2016 I met Maya Chiburdanidze in the Tbilisi Chess Palace, where  an experimental tournament is held, using a system she'd come up with. Maya Chiburdanidze: Let us start ... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Aug 17, 2016
    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog XIV: Bled 1931

      Bled 1931By Hans KmochTranslated from Russian by Jimmy AdamsCaissa Editions, 1987259 pagesBled 1931, along with San Remo 1930, together constitute the crowing achievement of the career of the fourth chess champion of the world Alexander Alekhine.¬... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Jul 29, 2016
    • Visualization Puzzles #3

      In the previous post, I said that I read "books". What I neglected to mention, though this may be obvious to you, is that not all books are good for the kind of exercise I propose doing. For example, Understanding Chess, which I used for the last... | Read More

      • Bab3s
      • | Jul 11, 2016
    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog XIII: San Remo 1930

      San Remo 1930 International Chess TournamentBy Robert SherwoodEdited by Dale BrandrethCaissa Editions, 2013220 PagesThe San Remo 1930 chess tournament was dominated by Alexander Alekhine.  Coupled with Alekhine’s even more masterful performance... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Jul 6, 2016
    • My Chess History

      I can't remember who taught me to play chess, maybe I learned from a book, or someone at school taught me.  I'd like to think it was my father.  He had a small wooden chess set with intricately carved metal pieces.  I remember playing periodica... | Read More

      • 0time
      • | Jul 2, 2016

  • Soltis, Andrew

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

  • Chess Title

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    A¬†chess title¬†is a¬†title¬†created by a¬†chess¬†governing body and bestowed upon players based on their performance and rank. Such titles are usually granted for life. The most prestigious titles are those granted by the international chess gove... 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 »

  • Modern Benoni

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    The¬†Modern Benoni¬†is a¬†chess opening¬†that begins with the¬†moves¬†1.d4¬†Nf6¬†2.c4¬†c5¬†3.d5¬†e6. It is classified under the¬†ECO codes¬†A60‚ÄďA79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to¬†capture¬†on d5, creating a¬†majority¬†of black pawns... Read More »