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  • You Have It, He Doesn’t! Part 1

    Quite a few amateurs become a bit confused when game annotations talk about the enormous importance of the dark squares in one position or another. Yes, everyone knows what the dark squares are, but in most cases, one is left wondering why they ar... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Three

    In part two of this article, I described how I came up with a weird looking, but nevertheless efficient, plan of treating an unpleasant middlegame in my game vs. Hikaru Nakamura. For in-depth analyzation of the study-like endgame in this encounter... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Two

    In last week's article, we started an analysis of a bizarre game I played ten years ago in the U.S. Championship. The key moment happened around move 15 when, quoting the ChessBase article, Serper "started moving his bishop back and forth between ... | Read More

  • Paul Morphy's Chess Strength

    Paul Morphy, Spring Hill College, 1854      This is a highly unusual article for me.  I have no love for chess engines.  Additionally, I have severe reservations about trying to compare modern players with 19th cenutry players.  It h... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 7): The Dark Years

    In Part Six of this seven-part series, we saw Alekhine lose the World Championship to Max Euwe in 1935, only to win it back in 1937.  After shocking the world (and Euwe, who was sure he would finish Alekhine off once and for all) with that ep... | Read More

  • Back for more

    © 2014, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Humans vs. Computers

    Many peoples think, the computers are better than humans. Today I want to speak about that, because I think not! Think a little bit. We (the humans) made the engines, that was one thing, why humans are better.In the next game (I follow in video) ... | Read More

  • Schrödinger's Chess Puzzle

    Warning - the article you are about to read might produce a variety of symptoms, including lightheadedness, altered vision, eye or face twitching, jerking or shaking of arms or legs, disorientation, confusion, or momentary loss of awareness.  **... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #35 - The Good Knight

    Professor: Good day, class. Would you rather be a knight? Or would you rather be a bishop? Zephyr: That’s quite a “hello,” Professor. Lucian: I’m fine. How are you? Professor: I’m doing OK. Forgive me for getting right into matt... | Read More

  • Grandmasters also can make mistakes!

    Some peoples think, grandmasters can't make mistakes. Today I want to say a very important rule: Grandmasters also can make mistakes! Not only 2200-2300 players miss for example a rook. This thing I want to tell in some diagrams. After this unbe... | Read More

  • NEW: Chess Informant 119 Viking

    Drakkar boat sails through waves upwind... It's about Chess Informant 119 Viking, largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion Magnus Carlsen. The book and the CD are just published and let me present you short intro about it. The... | Read More

  • Amazing tournaments - Part I - 1938 Avro - Nederland

    In this article I want to show some intresting things from the amazing Avro tournament. The tournament was played in 1938 with 8 best players from the 1938 FIDE list! You can see the player's names: Paul Keres Reuben Fine Salo Flohr Mikhail Bo... | Read More

  • First Saturday Budapest chess tournaments 5th-16th April Budapest

    We will start our forthcoming GM-IM-ELO closed tournaments on 5th April. The GM-s who will play: IGM VARGA, Zoltan /HUN/, IGM CZEBE, Attila /HUN/, IGM SERES, Lajos /HUN/. We have some vacancies yet in all groups. Our site is: www.firstsaturday.hu | Read More

  • The Art of the Two Bishops

    Imagining that the pieces have stable values which are written in stone is an oversimplification of chess. One of the ways to become a better player is to develop a more subtle understanding of the relative values of pieces. Often a piece gains ... | Read More

  • The Art of Setting Traps

    Most tournament players scoff at the notion of Coffeehouse Chess. Even so, some of the most famous brilliancies in chess history were produced under dubious, non-tournament circumstances: The Immortal Game (Anderssen-Kieseritzky) was played at the... | Read More

  • How two Icelandic DJ's saved my life

    For the second time in two years I decided to visit the Reykjavik Open tournament in Iceland – not to play chess, but to watch it, and enjoy the country’s hospitality and natural wonders. Last year, I didn’t have enough time to see any glac... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #34 - Around the Chessboard

    Professor: Hey, class, welcome to our circle of chess friends. Zephyr: Welcome to you as well, Professor. Lucian: We’re happy to arc across your day. Professor: And I’m pleased to hear that I’m surrounded by such good cheer. Luc... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Mar 21, 2014

    "How can I tell if a chess book is too advanced for me?" Excellent question. Often you can't! Even books' suggested reading levels (eg by rating) are often misleading, partly because the publisher wants to sell books, not exclude readers who migh... | Read More

  • Surprising results between titled players: lost half points

    If someone knows surprising results of chess games I would be interested to read. Here are some of them from Finnish championship tournament that was played last year 10th-18th June. To just keep the article shorter I mostly just added Houdini 3 e... | Read More

  • Double Dutch at Death Match 22

    You might think that two boys from the Netherlands, born on exactly the same day and both reaching the upper echelons of chess, would have met even earlier. It took them about a decade, and by the time they did, they weren't equals. "I think we ... | Read More

  • Gain 100+ rating points quickly and start improving your chess

    Having been a chess master since 1981 my goal is to give back to the chess community everything I possibly can. I wish to share all my knowledge and enjoyment of chess with the world. You will be able to take the knowledge my simple teaching offer... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, March 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Witnessing a historic moment “For the third year in a row I was lucky enough to work at the Reykjavik Open. In the first (lon... | Read More

  • Riding the Winds of Fashion, Part 2

    In Part One of Riding The Winds Of Fashion, I talked about the Hübner Variation of the Nimzo-Indian and how, at one time, it was one of the most fashionable openings in the world. In the main example (Bruce Leverett – Silman, National O... | Read More

  • The Endgame Cunning of Emanuel Lasker, Part 2

    In the first part of my series on Emanuel Lasker's endgame play, we saw how he began the St. Petersburg 1914 tournament rather poorly, nearly failing to qualify for the finals. Even in the finals he was still playing catch-up to José C... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing

    I cannot tell you, my dear readers, how many times I've had this conversation with my younger students while we analyze their games: "What did you try to accomplish with your last move?" "Nothing!" "Then why did you play it?" "I don't know... | Read More

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