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  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | 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

  • 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

  • First Brilliancy Prizes

         Throughout the years there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of brilliancy prizes offered.  Some are just games, albeit extremely clever ones, while others have their own stories. Some even have stories that hove... | Read More

  • Confused Bishops And Drunk Knights

    Just recently I have become a bit obsessed with strange and peculiar chess moves originating from knights and bishops. In my first article for I took a look at what can be called The Nimzowitsch Knight Dance, and in t... | Read More

    • The Times They Are A'Changin

      A couple of weeks ago I played in my second tournament, the Seattle Fall Open. I played some bad games, and some semi-bad games, and some semi-good games. The observant reader might ask if the last two are the same kind of game. Luckily for everyo... | Read More

    • Alexander Alekhine el campeón oscuro

                                    Alexander Alekhine el campeón oscuro                                                     Alexander Alekhin) (31 de octubre de 1892 - 24 de marzo de 1946) fue un ajedrecista... | Read More

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    • Nimzowitsch-Alapin

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      • | Oct 3, 2016
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    • Astonishing beauty of the blockade in chess!

      Once upon a time Nimzowitsch compared a pawn with a dangerous criminal. It is not enough just to watch him if you want to prevent the worst. Imprisoning is the only rational decision! In chess terms, it means blockading. In this excerpt from the ... | Read More

    • 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

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      • | Jul 2, 2016

Video Lessons

  • 1930 in chess

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    On January 4, 1930, the 10th Christmas Congress ended. The Premier Section was won by Jose Capablanca (6.5), followed by Vidmar (5.5), and Yates (5). The Premier Reserves section was won by George Koltanowski and Tylor. From January 16 to Februar... Read More »

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... Read More »

  • Bird's Opening

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    Bird's Opening (or the Dutch Attack) is a chess opening characterised by the move: 1. f4Bird's is a standard but never popular flank opening. White's strategic ideas involve control of the e5-square without occupying it, but his first move ... Read More »

  • Van't Krujis Opening

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    The Van't Kruijs[1] Opening (Dutch pronunciation: [vɑn ət ˈkrœys]) is a chess opening defined by the move: 1. e3It is named after the Amsterdam player Maarten van't Kruijs (1813–85) who won the sixth Dutch championship in 1878.... Read More »

  • Dunst Opening

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    The Dunst Opening is a chess opening where White opens with the move: 1. Nc3This fairly uncommon opening may have more names than any other: it is also called the Heinrichsen Opening, Baltic Opening, van Geet's Opening, Sleipnir Opening,... Read More »