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  • The Trickiest Knight Moves Ever

    Today, we continue our investigation (started in this article) of the weirdest, funniest and trickiest moves ever played. This time, we'll talk about knight moves. To tell you the truth, I thought knights were going to be the easi... | Read More

  • The Craziest Queen Moves Ever

    First of all I would like to thank our readers for their contribution to last week's article. Many of you shared your chess knowledge and helped to uncover some little-known games with really stunning moves. Since in that article&nb... | Read More

  • Cannibal Chess Players In The Avocado Jungle Of Death

    The member rosyflamitto said: “I usually blunder a lot, mainly in middlegames. Will you please look at few my games and give me some advice?” Jeremy Silman: Before continuing, a word to those reading this article: I am ge... | Read More

  • The Funniest Rook Moves Ever Played

    We continue our discussion about the funniest, craziest moves ever played and today it is the rook's turn. While it is difficult for me to choose the funniest rook move ever played,  I know for sure what was the funniest rook move that ... | Read More

  • Siamese Chess

         In 1826 Johann Mälzel was amazing and mystifying the American public with his exhibition of the chess automation known as the Turk. Just a few years later, that same public would marvel at a living, sometimes chess-... | Read More

    • Why you should never resign

      Great chances show up, if you only look hard enough   | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | Jul 26, 2016
    • Players moving too fast in "turn based games"

      I just started playing my first "turn based game". I am playing with a 3 day time control. What baffles me is how swiftly my opponent is playing. Quite frankly, I am playing almost as fast because I, in my opinion, am taking full advantage of his ... | Read More

      • tubebender
      • | Jul 24, 2016
    • Game of the Week: Flying Knight Maneuver

      My next game of the week is a recent tournament game. It might just be one of the best games I have ever played. Coming to this game, rated 1576, I knew I was in for a long fight when I saw my opponent was rated 2030! I didn't write it off as a l... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Jul 18, 2016
    • SCM2016: Rounds 3-6

      Two thirds of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting Open are past. And I have scored 50% with 3 points out of 6 rounds (no draws!). I have already reported on the first three rounds and now will follow games 4 to 6: After losses in the previous two rounds... | Read More

      • Adrochatio
      • | Jul 14, 2016
    • My personal observations as an improving chess player

      These are just some personal observations I have begun to make about chess as I have improved a little...  Rule #1 through (at least) 63: Most problems can be avoided by not giving away your material for nothing. It is almost as easy to lose a ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... Read More »