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  • Is A Knight On The Rim Always Grim?

    SkladakoV’s question is about this position. He asked: “What if White doesn’t take by 16.Bxa5? Doesn’t that leave the knight on a5 stuck on the side of the board?” Jeremy Silman: I think most people wou... | Read More

  • 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

  • Kasparov's Mysterious Move

    The already famous game So vs Kasparov played in the Ultimate Blitz Challenge is both fascinating and puzzling. Not only did GM Wesley So produce a game of unbelievable beauty, he did it against the arguably strongest chess player in the... | Read More

  • The Touch-Move Rule Outbreak

    At the end of last week's article I mentioned that "recently we witnessed a real outbreak of touch-move rule violations." I think we can explain this phenomenon by a huge advance in modern technology and particularly devices... | Read More

  • Opposite-Colored Bishop Endgames

    Everyone’s had the unfortunate experience of playing an opposite-colored bishop ending. Like a mirage, you never know how they got there, and you definitely didn’t intend on it. Nevertheless, they have arrived. These mirages don’... | Read More

    • David Bronstein- A Giant Among Chessplayers, Part 1

      I am all admiration for Bronstein on many a chessplayer, as a person and as a teacher. I regret not having met him in person, but through his books I feel him. He is one of my favorite writers, among whom are Bronstein, Tal, Tartakow... | Read More

    • Powerful US Teams Head to Olympiad in Baku

      Powerful US Teams Head to Olympiad in Baku By IM John Donaldson, Team Captain  Fabiano Caruana at the U.S. Championships. Photo: Spectrum Studios Two powerful American teams will soon be heading to Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 42nd Chess Olympiad... | Read More

    • Studying Endings, Day 0

      It's been a long time coming, but everything is set up for me to finally start studying endings! As I mentioned in my introduction post for Chess^Summit, I spent much of my childhood reading Yasser Seirawan's Winning Chess ___ books over and ov... | Read More

    • Boris Spassky 2016 interview

      This interview was conducted by Yuri Golyshak and Sergei Kruzhkov for their column Friday Talk in the Sport-Express newspaper in early 2016. Heading photo was taken during that interview.   The tenth world champion returned from Paris to Mo... | Read More

    • A Rook for a Kingdom !

      Rook endings occur very often. Therefore it is good to be working, and keep working, on your rook endings. In my own games I very often see that my opponents don't have a good "feel" for rook endings. And that has saved me many many points! Here... | Read More

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Video Lessons

  • Karch, Robert

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    Robert Alfred Karch (1930-2010) was born on March 24, 1930.  He was active in organized chess for over 60 years.   Robert played chess for the Lincoln High School team in Tacoma Washington in the 1940s.  He enlisted in the United States Army ... 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 »

  • Longest games

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    The longest chess game is 269 moves (Ivan Nikolic - Goran Arsovic, Belgrade 1989) which ended in a draw after over 20 hours of play.  Two other games have gone to 200 or more moves.  In 1988 at the Saloniki Olympiad, Seirawan and Xu Jun ... Read More »