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  • GM Blitz Battle Historical Archive's GM Blitz Battle Championship began in 2016. With Death Matches as the precursor, this championship is different in several regards. The Blitz Battles are still three hours in length, but each match does not stand alone. The... | Read More

  • Watch Magnus Carlsen vs Tigran Petrosian

    The three-hour, round-one match between Magnus Carlsen and Tigran Petrosian will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. GMT) Thursday, June 23. Click here to find the match's starting time in your own... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen vs Tigran Petrosian: Preview

    What's the biggest underdog story in sports? What's the biggest in chess? Thursday's much-hyped GM Blitz Battle between top-seeded World Champion Magnus Carlsen and qualifier Tigran Petrosian might seem more equal if the "other Petrosian" w... | Read More

  • The Craziest King Moves Ever

    In one of my recent articles, I mentioned a funny story where an illegal king move was played, which made me wonder: what are the craziest king moves in the history of chess? So here I am presenting the games where such moves were made. In order... | Read More

  • Fischer The Rebel

    His whole life, Robert James Fischer was fighting against someone or something. Thousands of books, articles and videos have been produced to describe the outlandish behavior of the chess genius. It is difficult to count all the social, moral... | Read More

    • Chessspank's July 22, 2016 Simul Draw Against GM Ľubomír Ftáčnik

      GM Lubomir Ftacnik lectured and held simultaneous exhibitions in South Carolina recently, with stops at chess clubs in Greenville, Charleston, and Columbia.  GM Ftacnik gave an excellent lecture on game 10 of the 1966 world champio... | Read More

      • chessspank
      • | Jul 22, 2016
    • The importance to keep a training journal

      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    My goals:  1. I want to study chess in an organized way. I hope 21... | Read More

    • Russian Game, Part 1

           Russian Game also called Petrov's Defence is an perfect equaliser for black aganist e4.this opening was popularised by Alexander Petrov.this opening offers attacking chances for both sides,It is like a black's counter-attack in the cente... | Read More

    • The difficult symmetry of #768 in chess960: Caruana-Vachier-LaGrave, GM Blitz Challenge

      In 1,000 years, after the 959 chess positions other than #518 have been thoroughly explored, #768 should be among the least favorite for players, because its number of strategically logical opening moves is most limited, with a symmetrical positio... | Read More

    • Master the Art of Defense

      Ever had a game where you faced an attack you knew wasn’t sound but somehow you couldn’t wriggle out of it? You’re not alone. The art of defense in chess is one of the least studied skills. Pretty strange when it will when you as many poin... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Jun 30, 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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    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 »