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  • Even GMs Are Human

    Many a myth has been discussed about the "superhuman" power that a grandmaster holds over the chessboard. Amateur players tend to look at us GMs as untouchable geniuses that cannot put a foot wrong when shuffling our pieces about. I am now going... | Read More

  • 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

    • Mate in 3 Puzzle, Theme: Zugzwang

      This is a mate in 3 puzzle. The theme is zugzwang, also pay attention to the fact that the position is almost stalemate. Did you solve this puzzle? And did you like it? Let it know in the comments if you want. | Read More

    • Vignesh's puzzles 33

      No matter What Black does next it's stalemate | Read More

    • Users Manual: Queens

      We all love the queens. However, sometimes in our early chess playing days, we really didn't take very good care of them at all. Whether it be bringing them out too early, or just not utilizing this quintessential piece to the best of its massive ... | Read More

    • 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 I want to reach by studying ... | Read More

    • Isolated Endgame Doubled/Tripled Pawns

      Isolated doubled and tripled pawns can be assets in the endgame, because of how we can use a "snail" technique. I'll show you what I mean.       Here's what to do for tripled pawns: Advance them one at a time, keeping them all next to each o... | Read More

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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 »