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  • Almost a Champion

    batgirl Jul 22, 2015, 10:49 AM

         To the chess-players of England the 18th century was just a fading memory.  Philidor had died and Verdoni, a man with a forgotten first name, took up his reins as professional at Parsloe's in London until he...

  • Chess Lessons Exposed: A Lesson Learned?

    IM Silman Jul 14, 2015, 2:52 AM

    This series is about chess lessons and how a chess teacher tries to push key points home. If you are looking for a chess teacher, don’t grab anyone that comes along! Take your time, take a lesson or two from...

  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    GM BryanSmith May 28, 2015, 3:17 AM

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3...

  • How To Play The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit

    GM BryanSmith May 20, 2015, 2:10 PM

    The 90s were a decade of complex openings:  in particular, the King's Indian and the Semi-Slav. In 1992, a peculiar attacking idea came out of Latvia to combat the Semi-Slav, Meran Variation. 1.d4 d5 2.c4...

  • Spicy Gambits Video Series

    TigerChess Apr 29, 2015, 1:34 AM

    Gambits are an important part of chess. Although most of them come from White’s initiative, there are also many sound counter gambits for Black that have developed over time. Understanding how to play with...

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