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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jan 24, 2014

    "What can I do to get worse at chess? Right now I am playing too well." Great question, and possibly not as silly as it may sound. After all, GM Znosko-Borovsky once wrote a book called How Not to Play Chess, so why not look at ways to get worse?... | Read More

  • The French Endgame

    A distinctive structure arises from the French Defense, featuring White's space advantage and Black's restricted light-squared bishop. Against this, Black hopes for counterplay via the pawn break ...f6 and queenside counterplay on the c-file and o... | Read More

  • Ideas on how to prepare a good opening repertoire

    Greetings everyone! I am grandmaster Rafael Leitão, from Brazil. My FIDE rating is 2645. I am going to write a series of articles about chess preparation. Many ambitious chessplayers do not know how to work in order to achieve a master and grandm... | Read More

  • Old Times

         The style of journalistic writing from over a half century ago is somewhat different than that of today, in some ways perhaps a bit harder to read but in other ways more enjoyable. Looking through old "Time" magazines is also enjoyable a... | Read More

  • Studying Master Games and Berkmaster's First Over-The-Board Tournament Battle

    I was a bit surprised at the comments about the study of master games made under my last Q & A (Snarky Silman, blah, blah, blah). As is always the case, everyone of every rating had an opinion. I’ve already written about this several tim... | Read More

  • Stirring up Morra Mayhem!

    Today I played a very interesting 90 minute + 5 sec Increment game against a chess.com member Apthyphim (rated 1980 or so on live chess). In my first article, I am going to analyze my game and give my thought processes on why I made each move. The... | Read More

  • Middlegame & Endgames Ideas - #3 - Pushing Pawns FOR THE WIN

    Hi guys, Part 3 in my series will be about Minority Attacks (Please comment what you want the following ones to be about  - thanks) Minority Attacks are most prominently known as pawn storms - but this is not always true as a pawn attack protec... | Read More

  • Pumping Tata Steel

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

  • The Master's Bulletin, January 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Looking back one more time In the same week that this Bulletin appears, editor Peter Doggers is working from Wijk aan Zee, w... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #25 - Looking and Rooking

    Professor: Today I’d like to begin at the end – that is, with a rook ending. Lucian: You mean an ending where both sides have a rook on the board? In that case, I expect there are some pawns on the board, too. Zephyr: Or maybe you mean an en... | Read More

  • Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 5

    When talking about the topic of positional play we cannot omit the theme of Exchange sacrifice. This positional idea was especially popular with World Champion Tigran Petrosian. In modern practice I've seen many Exchange sacrifices in Kramnik... | Read More

  • 0 - 2000. A roadmap of chess knowledge.

    First I must make a disclaimer. The following list is based on nearly thirty years of playing and grinding my way up through the ranks as well as coaching chess to players in these ranks for nearly twenty years. The list is still highly subjective... | Read More

  • A Month of Studies: Part 3

    Another week goes by, and my efforts to create chess beauty continue. Once again, I have failed to create true beauty on the chessboard. This week I began with slightly more "original" ideas, ideas that I have not found in other studies. However, ... | Read More

  • Alfil malo

    En la eterna lucha de alfil contra caballo muchos jugadores se preguntan cuál pieza es mejor y existen algunos principios generales en el medio juego que se hacen aún más evidente en los finales. Pasaremos a revisar un caso donde la superio... | Read More

  • From Opening to Endgame: Petrosian's Triumph

    It was the fifth game of the 1963 world championship match between Tigran Petrosian and Mikhail Botvinnik. Petrosian, the challenger, had not yet won a game against Botvinnik, neither in the match nor at any time before. Botvinnik was at +1 in the... | Read More

  • The Wit and Wisdom of Louis Fogg

    In mathematical logic there is a theorem which basically states "If you start with a false premise, you can prove anything." Back in the late 1960's and early 70's, the main attraction at the Penn State Chess Team meeting often was not IM Donald ... | Read More

  • Snarky Silman Presents: Readers’ Questions

    One The Conflict That Never Was Jeffrey Baffo wrote (on Facebook): “Move First, Think Later. That book creates a major conflict between Jeremy Silman/traditional methods and what Hendriks is saying.” Answer: I’m answering this question ... | Read More

  • of Cafés, Politics, Arts and Chess

         Cafés or Coffee Houses probably originated in 16th century Turkey and quickly expanded into Persia, Arabia, Egypt and other Islamic nations.  Even there they were havens for political idealists, philosophers, artists and game players.... | Read More

  • The Wooden Horse

    We have just entered 2014 which is the year of the Wooden Horse. It should be a lucky year for people who take care of their wooden horses on a daily basis. Of course I am talking about chess players. For the majority of people the Wooden Hor... | Read More

  • Death Match 20 - A Family Affair

    For the first time in Death Match history, we may have to ask the wives to leave the room. American GM Yury Shulman and German GM Daniel Fridman are both married to titled chess players, but there won't be any consultation allowed during their mat... | Read More

  • Positional Methods From Carlsen's Play, Part 4

    Today's article is inspired by a trend in media posts - calling Carlsen's play in the World Championship match “nettlesome” - his opponents tend to make more mistakes when playing him compared to their play vs. the other opponents... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #24 - The 50-50 Problem

    Professor: Unless we’re Rip Van Winkle, and can sleep for a very long time, every day we have to make decisions. Some decisions are hard to make, others are easy. --- Lucian: I guess a hard decision would be where one has many choices. --- Ze... | Read More

  • A Month of Studies: Part 2

    For the past week, 5 hours a day, I have worked on studies. Every morning at 10:00 or so I sit indian-style on the floor of my room and begin to work with my floor board. I also have a magnetic board for when I am tired of sitting, and when I am u... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jan 10, 2014

    "What rules do you break the least (most)?" I'm a US Chess Federation Senior Tournament Director, so I try not to break any rules at all! For example, I never move my knights like bishops and I press my clock after each move. But I think the ques... | Read More

  • From Opening to Endgame: the c3 Sicilian

    The Alapin Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.c3) is an opening which particularly often leads to the transposition to a queenless middlegame. There are quite a few theoretical lines which lead to an early queen exchange, while keeping a tough, fighting game. In... | Read More

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