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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

  • Bluffing In Chess

    Pictures of a chess board and chess pieces are very popular in ads for banks, insurance companies and similar businesses. The companies want to underline their wisdom and strategic thinking. Unlike dice, cards, and other games of ch... | Read More

  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • Carlsen vs Grischuk: Blitz Battle Facts vs Feelings

    GM Magnus Carlsen has proven himself the world's best in classical, rapid, and blitz. Now it's time to face the bullet. Having won official world championships in three disciplines, there aren't many mountains left to climb, even for a Norwegian... | Read More

  • Lessons From Carlsen: The Draw Problem

    The recent super-tournament in Bilbao is a part of chess history already. It will be remembered for many different things. While Hikaru Nakamura will always cherish the memory of his first win over Magnus Carlsen, many chess enthusiasts will ... | Read More

    • French defense Exchange variation , Introduction

      Anyone that had the luck to be in a chess club must have heard more than  once the following quote: "I don't play French because exchange variation is drawish." It is true that Exchage variation is the nightmare of every French defense club pla... | Read More

      • jengaias
      • | Oct 22, 2016
    • 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

    • Sistema de Puntuación ELO; foto: Everest

        Sistema de puntuación Elo El sistema de puntuación Elo es un método matemático, basado en cálculo estadístico, para calcular la habilidad relativa de los jugadores de juegos como el ajedrez o el go. Debe su nombre a su inventor, el pr... | Read More

      • sebass34
      • | Oct 9, 2016
    • 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

      • sebass34
      • | Oct 8, 2016
    • Bobby Fischer: el genio repudiado

        (Robert James Fischer; Chicago, 1943 - Reykjavík, 2008) Ajedrecista estadounidense que fue Campeón del Mundo de 1972 a 1975. A los seis años, Fischer ya sabía mover las piezas en el tablero. Al año siguiente ganó sin dificultad a todos l... | Read More

      • sebass34
      • | Oct 7, 2016

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 »

  • 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 »

  • Bagirov, Vladimir

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    Vladimir Konstantinovich Bagirov was born to an Armenian father and a Ukrainian mother in Baku on August 16, 1936. He was a Soviet-Azerbajani-Latvian Grandmaster who competed in nine Soviet championships between 1960 and 1978.  His chess coac... Read More »

  • Corus Chess Tournament

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    The Corus Chess Tournament is a major chess tournament played in the small seaside town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938 for Dutch players only, it became an international event in 1946 and has grown into one of the most presti... Read More »

  • Fischer, Robert

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    • | 1956 Reads

    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 »