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  • The Master's Bulletin, February 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes A Sudden Gap Between Big Events After a period chock-full of tournaments (Tata Steel, Gibraltar, Zurich!) suddenly things are quiet... | Read More

  • The Pearl of Gibraltar

    Recently I was fortunate enough to watch the live transmission and analyze one fantastic game from the Gibraltar Masters beetween my countryman Alexandr Fier and Top GM Michael Adams. I analyzed the game trying to guess the moves (by the way, this... | Read More

  • The Sicilian Hole, Part Three

    In the first two parts of this series we discussed the cases where White firmly occupies the key central d5-square with one of his pieces. If such a centralized piece cannot be successfully challenged, Black usually experience serious problems. Bu... | Read More

  • The First U.S. Women Champion - Mona May Karff

         If you look on Wikipedia, or for that matter on almost any website that mentions it, including the official USCF website and the site of the US Chess Trust,  You will notice that all these places honor Adele Rivero as the first officia... | Read More

  • First Saturday Budapest chess tournaments 1st-12th March Budapest

    Pls tell your chessfriends, for the 1st-12th March Budapest First Saturday GM and IM closed tournaments we have some vacancies.  Chessfriendly: IO Nagy Laszlo www.firstsaturday.hu firstsat@hu.inter.net Last link about us:  http://www.fide... | Read More

  • Swiss Win-Win Clock

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

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #29 - J'adoube and J'adouble

    Professor: Hello, class. It’s good to see the gang’s all here for another session. Zephyr: Professor, does that mean we should thank Caissa it’s Friday? Lucian: Weekend or not, I’m happy as long as I get to do some chess. Professo... | Read More

  • The Blackjack Death Match

    Chess.com's 21st Death Match will have GMs Georg Meier and Imre Balog at the card table on Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific. (GMT - 8) But who brings better cards to the casino? Meier, FIDE 2636, has a chip lead... | Read More

  • A Pawn Up, Part 3

    How does the young Anatoly Karpov win with an extra pawn? This will be the subject of today's article. In 1972 Karpov was twenty-one years old, and a new young talent. He was competing in the Soviet Team Championship, held in Moscow. His opponen... | Read More

  • Who's your favorite World champion in chess?

    Hi all! Today I have got a question: Who's your favourite World champion in chess? You can choose from this list (not only the real World championship winners):  1. Garry Kasparov  - 19 votes 2. Anatoly Karpov  - 9 votes 3. Magnus Cars... | Read More

  • Recomendación de libros (II)

    Continuando con el tema iniciado en un artículo anterior sigo con la idea de recomendar más textos, sobre todo pensando en principiantes y aquellos que recién se inician en el estudio del deporte ciencia. Conversando acerca de qué libros leer... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 4): His Prime Years

    I left Part 3 of this 7-part series with Alekhine beating Capablanca in their World Championship. Here’s how that article ended: The match itself was a long, extremely tiring affair that covered 34 games before Alekhine achieved the necess... | Read More

  • Max Harmonist

    February 10 commemorated the 150th birthday of Max Harmonist.  I first came across Harmonist in I.A. Horowitz's book, "The Golden Treasury of Chess" and was entralled by the included game: Max Harmonist2-10-1864 - 10-16-1907      B... | Read More

  • The Sicilian Hole, Part Two

    Last week we analyzed a common situation that happens in many different openings. Black voluntarily creates a 'hole' on the d5 square hoping to compensate it with activity of his pieces (it is especially typical for certain variations of the ... | Read More

  • Modern day analysis – working with the computer

    Modern day analysis – working with the computer  In this article I will expand on some ideas that were presented when I wrote about preparing your opening repertoire. Many chess players have no clue on how to use the machine to their benef... | Read More

  • Chess Clubs and History

         There have been many chess clubs throughout the history of the game. About some of these we know a lot of details through books, periodicals and newspapers. About others we know practically nothing.  Even some great clubs have left us b... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #28 - Rules, Rules, and More Rules

    Professor: Good afternoon, class. Today we’re going to start by defining some terms. Zephyr: Terms? What types of terms? Lucian: You mean like semesters and trimesters and stuff? Professor: Not those kinds of terms. No, I thought we wou... | Read More

  • A Farewell!

    My favorite writer Hemingway, in his excellent "Moveable Feast," wrote about starting a day of writing: "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." This advice came to my mind as I neared the time to... | Read More

  • A Pawn Up, Part 2

    Continuing our series on the technique of exploiting an extra pawn, we move along to a different kind of situation compared to our example from last week (Gligoric-Smyslov). In last week's example, we saw Smyslov, with an extra - although somewhat... | Read More

  • A Gear I Don't Have

    When I first started playing, it eventually dawned on me that there were only two gears to play chess: Try your best or resign. For a critical tale of how I reached that conclusion, please refer to The Train Story. Today I would like to relate an... | Read More

  • Checkmate race in the Slav defense

    After a long break I played again in the Hungarian team championship league on Sunday at 2nd of February. I was excited before the game. I planned to use my prepared ideas in the slav defense. 2 years ago I helped an Indian student, a woman gran... | Read More

  • 64 King and Pawn Concepts

    64 King and Pawn Concepts I have created the following table (an endgame"learning board") I share with my students and for chess.com users to take advantage of. Please mentally scan the positions and then leave a comment saying your rating and ... | Read More

  • How to Turbo-Charge Your Game

    Every chess player dreams of improving his game. He might simply want to smash his friends. He might want that 1200 rating to turn into a 1600 rating. Or he might be sick and tired of not knowing why he lost games X, Y, and Z. Study certainly help... | Read More

  • The number one reason players lose chess games is...

    The number one reason players lose chess games is...   They move too quickly. First off, how long should a standard time control chess game last? The answer is 3 to 5 hours. Every titled player earned that honor by playing mostly five hour game... | Read More

  • The Sicilian Hole

    Many openings (especially when you play Black) have specific strategical problems typical for that particular opening. If you play the French Defense, then the bishop on c8 is your constant headache. In the Tarrasch Defense you need to live with a... | Read More

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