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  • No Balance, No Success

    I get countless questions that ask about taste in chess (No, don’t eat the pieces!). Taste, in this case, refers to a preference for positional or tactical situations. (However, if you MUST eat the pieces, please buy a chess cake or a ches... | 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

  • What's Your Chess Personality?

    There are 64 squares on a chessboard, and many more ways to play the game. We all know the styles of the great world champions: Fischer's relentless accuracy, Petrosian's impregnable defense, Karpov's clean and positional chess, Kasparov's sheer... | Read More

  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales: Polgar vs Silman

    I didn’t intend to write a 4th Cracked Grandmaster Tales article, but so many members asked me to do another that I decided to share a few more (true) stories. I hope you enjoy these as much as you did the others. Be warned: there mig... | Read More

  • Melik Suggests Video Series

    For 10 video lessons, GM Melikset Khachiyan is here to analyze his preferred variations of different openings. Melik is one of our favorite coaches but he is also a world-class player. Our lessons will come from games of his own and his students. ... | Read More

    • Using the typical Sicilian exchange sacrifice

      Typical exchange sacrifices in the Sicilian are not so difficult to learn, and can be great fun! Usually 1 pawn for the exchange is good, plus having some active play. More pawns is often better. But of course it all depends on what is on the che... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Feb 5, 2016
    • Petrosian stikes

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    • Chess and Astrology

      Many, many people, even those at the pinnacle, take comfort from astrology. However, in the chess universe, where, perhaps, the inhabitants are too battle-hardened and scarred for such frivolities, it has not been able to find a hold.  Although ... | Read More

    • My Third IM Norm

      I recently participated in the New Jersey FIDE Futurity Tournament at Dean of Chess Academy in Branchburg NJ, which took place over the weekend of January 9th and January 16th. It was a round-robin tournament, with 5 being the score for an I... | Read More

      • JMB2010
      • | Jan 20, 2016
    • Grand Opening Swiss Report

      The first ever MLC&G chess tournament was met with overwhelmingly positive responses. We had 17 players in all. Although it was a very top heavy field, we had some good competition along all the ranks. Ken Murray had a nice attacking win ove... | Read More

      • Spinaltap
      • | Jan 15, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Prophylaxis

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    In chess, Prophylaxis means guarding or preventing a move before it is made. A prophylactic move usually haults the opponent from taking action in an area. One example of prophylaxis is, when the king is buried behind a wall of pawns, moving a paw... Read More »

  • Fischer, Robert

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    Robert (Bobby ) Fischer was born in Chicago on March 9, 1943.  He was the 11th world chess champion (1972-1975).  He was the youngest national junior champion (13), the youngest American chess champion ever (14), the youngest grandmaster... Read More »

  • Huebner, Robert

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    Robert Heubner, born Nov 6, 1948, is a German Grandmaster (1971) and strongest German player since World War II.  In 1967 he won the German championship.  In 1971 he was playing in a candidates match with Petrosian when he made a mistake... Read More »

  • Boleslavasky, Isaac

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    Isaak Efremovich Boleslavsky (1919-1977) was a Soviet International Grandmaster (1950) and journalist.   He was born June 19, 1919 in Zolotonosha, in the Ukraine.  He taught himself chess at the age of nine.  In 1936, he took 3... Read More »

  • Petrosian, Tigran Vartanovich

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    Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (1929-1984) was a Soviet Grandmaster (1952) and 9th world chess champion (1963-1969).  Between 1968 and 1975 he never lost more than a single game in any tournament.  He drew more than half his total gam... Read More »