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  • The Wooden Horse

    • GM Gserper
    • Jan 12, 2014, 11:47 AM

    We have just entered 2014 which is the year of the Wooden Horse. It should be a lucky year for people who take care of their wooden horses on a daily basis. Of course I am talking about chess players. For the...

  • The 'Impossible' Checkmate, Part Two

    • GM Gserper
    • Dec 22, 2013, 10:32 AM

    Last week we discussed the 'impossible' checkmate with just a king and a knight and today we'll analyze a similar 'impossible' checkmate with a king and a bishop. As all of you know, king + bishop cannot checkmate...

  • The 'Impossible' Checkmate

    What is an impossible checkmate? If you open any book for beginners it will inform you that a king and a lonely knight cannot checkmate an opponent's king. Moreover, if you only have a king and a knight and your...

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #5 - The Missing Knights

    ChessKids: Have you ever heard your parents talk about clothing being "retro"? It means "in the past." Well today we have a "retrograde" problem - you have to think into the past instead of into the future! Professor...

  • When to Strike - Part 1

    Once again we return to the "Attack and Defense" series. We will be discussing the difficult question of when to strike and when to keep control. I had several instances of this occur in a recent tournament, the...

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  • Five (5) Ways Stronger Players Insult Weaker Players (Without Making it Obvious)

    1. They don't want to waste time and would rather mingle with players stronger than them or equally strong as them. They will simply refuse to play with weaklings and say excuses such as "I don't feel like playing...

  • My First Smothered Mate

    This was an online game that I played in March, 2016 in Yelets, Russia.  I was experimenting with the Danish Gambit at the time, as I was just learning how important the bishop pair can be in open games.  Both my...

  • Crazyhouse: Revitalizing the Romance in Chess

    While it’s true in today’s chess climate that high level tournaments exhibit more fighting chess than has been seen in recent decades (and thank goodness for that!), it’s impossible to ignore the larger trend in...

  • Let’s Bughouse! Playing Against the Sicilian, Part 3

    Hello again, and welcome to Part 3 of Playing Against the Sicilian. (Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.) Today we’ll discuss early pawn drops, as well as white’s Accelerated Attack. As @happytoad mentioned in a comment...

  • Supercharge my chess - day 1

    Today I start to write  my daily experiences about the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course  The structure of the study of Day 1 was the following: - Theoretical section: finding and writing down my goals...

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