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  • Links to the Past II

    As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wal... | Read More

  • The Best Pawn Moves Ever

    This article concludes our exploration of the best moves played by each chess piece throughout history. To my surprise, the tiniest guys in chess provided so much material that I have to agree with the great Philidor that "pawns are... | Read More

  • Blindfold Art

    Convergences: Miles of String  by Marcel Duchampfrom the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition New York 1942, for the benefit of the French war relief societiesPhoto by John Schiff hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Untitled scul... | Read More

  • A Monster Attack And Key Endgames

    I’ll start with a fun game. Black was so taken with his own brilliance that he wrote a blog about it, and he gave his opening a name: "The Magicians’ Attack!" Well, he should be excited since this kind of attack and subsequent m... | 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

    • Getting better at chess!? #2 the endgame

      As I explained in part 1, I like to tell you about my chess-training and my attempts to become a little better in playing chess, especially OTB. As a result of my first OTB 15-minutes-tournament, I will have a closer look at the endgame in the upc... | Read More

      • Seegurke
      • | Jul 13, 2016

      E4 OPENINGS The most common e4 opening is the Sicilian. The sicilian goes like this: e4, c5, Nf3, d6. This is most popular line. After d6, usually follows d4 or bb5+. The open sicilian which is the d4 line is pretty tactical. Especially the drago... | Read More

      • KS-Y
      • | Jul 2, 2016
    • History of chess

      History of chess Throughout the history of chess, humanity has continually held a fascination with those rare individuals whose immense skill and success at the game makes them deserving of being labeled "The Strongest Player on Earth." The tit... | Read More

    • What You Should Know: Endgames (Ratings 1600-1799)

      When you reach the rating of 1600, you are considered a club player. You may not think this means anything, but in actuality it really means you can walk into 100 American coffeeshops, and at least 90 times you'll be, by far, the best player there... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Jun 26, 2016
    • To sac or not ? Part 6

      White to move. Would you sac here or not ? Here's the full game with annotations : Now let's compare this with a rather well know position from the Philidor defense (If I got the move order and position right), where the bishop sac on ... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Jun 25, 2016

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Legal Trap

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    • | 5 Reads

    The Legal Trap is a trap that ocurs in the Philidor Defence.  It ocurs when Black tries to pin a knight to the queen. Black is down a pawn with no compensation.   Sometimes, h3 is not necessary. This example shows an example of t... Read More »

  • Cafe de Regence

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    • | 24 Reads

    Perhaps the most famous of coffee house where chess was played.   This coffee house was opened up in Paris in1718.  Chess players from Café Procope moved to the Café de la Regence.  Around 1740 chess players gathered there to play chess.  P... Read More »

  • Alekhine, Alexander

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    • | 20 Reads

    Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946) was the winner of the first Soviet Chess Championship (1920) and the only man to die while holding the world chess championship.  He learned chess from his older brother Alexei (1888-1939).  He studied law at the S... Read More »