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  • Attacking Pawn Chains

    Have you ever wondered how grandmasters know when and how to attack?  The key is pawn structure! Pawn chains are some of the most important attacking structures. In this series, learn the core concepts of furious pawn chain assaults in s... | Read More

  • The Tale Of Two Emory Tates

    In last week's article we paid tribute to a creative chess player and a nice person, IM Emory Tate. As a man who played Emory many times, I can tell you that a game with him was always just like our life according to Forrest Gump. Remember his f... | Read More

  • Remembering IM Emory Tate

    On October 17, the chess world suffered yet another devastating loss: IM Emory Tate passed away at age 56. Though he was taken from this world much too soon, Emory has left behind an unforgettable legacy, and he will forever be remembered as ... | Read More

  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    I’ve talked to countless chess fans over the years and though all serious chess players have their favorite chess heroes, many of them aren’t in touch with the human side of the chess legends. This is the first of two articles showing some of ... | Read More

  • Understanding The Back Rank

    More than a decade ago, I took part in a small open tournament at a local chess club. After winning the first game in rather one-sided fashion, I became convinced that the next five games would follow an identical trajectory. In round two, I reach... | Read More

    • very refined art

      The wonderful masterpiece that begins in the diagram is included in the number 720 of the magazine Argentina Our Circle, directed with admirable consistency and skill by Roberto Pagura, with the special collaboration in this case no less admirable... | Read More

    • Taking on the Big Guns in the World Open

      The summer of 2015 was a fantastic first World Open performance for me in the U1800 section, where I scored six of nine points and walked away with an all time high rating of 1753. Since that peak last summer, I've found myself in a retooling... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Jul 24, 2016
    • My World Open Follow-Up

      There were positives and negatives to take away from this year’s World Open.  Even the negative takeaways were positive, because they let me know where I need to go with training and practical adjustments that need to be made.  Even though... | Read More

      • Milliern
      • | Jul 8, 2016
    • Chess paradoxes. Part-1

        Hello users!   Sometimes in chess, like in life, to achieve success it is not enough to follow standard paths and obey generalized rules. Very often it requires creativity and thinking outside of the box in order to outplay your o... | Read More

      • Karavanela
      • | Jul 1, 2016
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    • A good Torre Attack game.

      To use the Torre Attack against ...Nf6/e6 setups is quite effective at club level. Even at GM levels, it is occasionally used as a surprise weapon.  Even if Black plays the best moves, White is still okay. The Torre Attack is sound. Enjoy!  | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »

  • Torre-Repetto, Carlos

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    Carlos Torre Repetto (1905-1978) was Mexico's first grandmaster (1977).  He was born in Merida, Yucatan.  Torre won the Louisiana championship at New Orleans 1923. He was first at Detroit 1924, followed by Samuel Factor, Herman H. Hahlbohm, ... Read More »

  • A00 to E99

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    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »

  • Mexican defence

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    This defence was introduced by the Mexican grandmaster Carlos Torre. The first game with this opening happened in a blitz session between the U.S. Champion Frank Marshall and Carlos Torre, and was played on a ship in their route from U.S. to Baden... Read More »

  • Balinas, Rosendo

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    Rosendo Carreon Balinas, Jr. (1941-1998) was a Philippine lawyer and Grandmaster (1976) who was Asia’s best player in the 1960s.  He was born on September 10, 1941 in Manila, Philippines.  He learned how to play chess at the age of 7, but di... Read More »