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  • Old Age, Great Chess!

    After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi... | Read More

  • Professor of Chess

    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1819)      Jacob Henry Sarratt, born in 1772, worked primarily as schoolmaster but was much better known for his avocations which, of course, included chess.      After Philidor's death, Verdoni (along with Leg... | Read More

  • Links to the Past

    This is the week of Halloween, a time when we dust the cobwebs, ressurect the dead and free the whispy ghosts of the departed.I thought this would be an appropriate time to open my own vault into the not-so-distant past with links to what has c... | Read More

  • Marathon Games In The Zalakaros Open

    In part one of my series on the Zalakaros Open, I described coming to Hungary and showed the first three games I played in the tournament. Honestly, the tournament didn't have a good start. Not only did I lose with the white pieces against GM Ga... | Read More

  • A Guide To Underpromotion

    The concept of underpromotion epitomizes the beauty of chess. Mathematically speaking, the queen is far and away the most potent force on the board. Yet there are certain situations in which the lady's subordinates are more deserving of reincarnat... | Read More

    • how to stalemate

      You can't always get away with a checkmate.You need to stalmate. | Read More

      • jerrycui8
      • | Feb 6, 2016
    • Stalemate in Endgames

      The weakest link of my game is the Endgame. I simply play it badly, for whatever reason. My knowledge of theoretical positions is quite limited, and perhaps I simply do not have the patience needed to grind down endgames. Because of this, I purch... | Read More

    • Queen vs Rook Fortress

      Queen + King usually wins against Rook + King. Sometime the defender gets draw by force with the help of perpetual checks and stalemate tricks as shown below. | Read More

      • sjijchess
      • | Jan 24, 2016
    • The STONEWALL: Part II

      Greetings chess fans and players!  This is the sequel to my previous blog “The STONEWALL”.   If you haven’t read it, you can HERE.  In that blog, I focus on the importance of building a strong STONEWALL. Now, I will try to show you how t... | Read More

    • HOW TO STALEMATE (Stupid mistake)

      Hi! The noob here. Over on my youtube channel I've posted a new video  in which there is a perfect example of a stupid stalemate. Shameful for me. You can watch it here:   If you're new to all of... | Read More

      • nemichelis
      • | Jan 21, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Sarratt, Jacob Henry

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    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1821) was a chess player and author.   He was a London schoolmaster and the first professional to teach in England.  He was the house professional at the Salopian coffee house in London who played for a guinea per game... Read More »

  • The Impotent Pair

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    The Impotent Pair refers to a RP and Bishop of the "wrong color" that does not control the queening square. If the lone King cannot be prevented from arriving at the queening square ahead of the enemy King the game is a draw. In this diagram the p... Read More »

  • Stalemates

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    The Stalemate is easy to learn but hard to make. What is it? It's stalemate if one side can't make any moves with any piece. How? Let me explain by a example:            no moves!   Try this; 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 »

  • Stalemate

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    The rule regarding stalemate first appeared in Europe in A. Saul's Famous Game of Chesse-Play, published in 1614.  In England, the player who gave stalemate lost the game.  In Italy and France stalemate counted as a draw.  In Sp... Read More »