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  • 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

  • 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

  • Beating Your Nemesis

    Rivalaries are often born through circumstances that extend beyond the game. An intense, winner-take-all game, a misplayed Smith-Mora, a Twitter battle, or even a swift kick to your shin under the table — All might be enough to point yo... | Read More

    • Upcoming Games

      Watch for upcoming Slow Chess League games on the live chess server this week:   Upcoming Games Schedule Tue 25th of Oct 2016 20:00 - 110 wannabemaestro1 (0.0,1482) v Joe Otnisky (0.0,1489)  Wed 26th of Oct 2016 12:00 - 207 Victor (0.5,1355) ... | Read More

      • SirIvanhoe
      • | Oct 25, 2016
    • Week of October 24, 2016

      Pairings for the Slow Chess League have been posted for the Week of October 24, 2016:    2016/10 Tournament Series Round 4 - October 24-30   101 drchessdad (3.0,1815) v Norbert Edert (3.0,1863)  102 alfreale (2.0,1494) v Dan Waller (2.0... | Read More

      • SirIvanhoe
      • | Oct 23, 2016
    • Carlsen challenges the pawns, the farmers, the people.

      Philidor stated: "Pawns are the sould of chess"  Pawns can not only give check, beautiful checkmates and to promote when they acheive the 8th rank. We are pwans, the majority in the society. The ones who work, the ones who don't have  political... | Read More

    • Week of October 17, 2016

      Pairings for the Slow Chess League have been posted for the Week of October 17, 2016:  2016/10 League Qualifier Round 3 - October 17-23   101 Mladen Kolar (2.0,1857) vs Uddipta Bhattacharjee (2.0,1635)  102 justthepawns (2.0,1400) vs empt... | Read More

      • SirIvanhoe
      • | Oct 16, 2016
    • Philidor Defense - Checkmate Trap 01

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      • DAlbanesi
      • | Oct 14, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Dunst Opening

    • 10 Reads
    • | 10 Reads

    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

    • 134 Reads
    • | 134 Reads

    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

    • 6 Reads
    • | 6 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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    • | 25 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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    • | 22 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 »