Chess Tactics: Bisguier — Larsen, 1965

A Dean of American Chess Arthur Bisguier (1929-2017) was a grandmaster (1957) from New York. The 1954 U.S. Champion won clear or shared first place at the U.S. Open five times between 1950 and 1969. He also represented the USA in five Olympiads between 1952 and 1972. As an author he wrote, among other works, The

Simple Chess: New Algebraic Edition

If You Must Buy Only One Chess Book… Pick Simple Chess by English Grandmaster Michael Stean. The original edition of the book was written in 1978, a few years before Stean retired from chess at the age of 29. Fred Wilson  edited the book and translated it to algebraic notation for Dover Publications in 2003.

Chess Tactics: McShane — Cheparinov, 2009

Luke McShane keeps it simple Luke McShane (born 1984) is an English Grandmaster who won the World Under-10 Championship in 1993 and Wijk aan Zee B in 2011. He reached a peak FIDE rating of 2713 in July 2012, and his peak world rank of 29 in November of that year. He has scored victories over Michael Adams,

Understanding the Caro-Kann Defense

The Best Book to Learn the Caro-Kann Defense Understanding the Caro-Kann Defense was published way back in 1981. Amazon tells me I purchased it in March 2012, but I’ve only read it recently … and regret not doing so much sooner. I have read a lot of Caro-Kann (1.e4 c6) books over the years, as I

Which Chess Opening Move is Best? Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed 1.e4. I opined that the King Pawn universe is not for everyone. That begs the question: What About the Closed Openings? This is a much broader topic, because it includes basically everything except 1.e4! Still, there’s an obvious place to start. 1.d4 — Have it Your Way Generally, you’ll prefer

Chess Tactics: Ftacnik — Cvitan, 1997

A King’s Indian Sprint Ognjen Cvitan (born 1961) is a Croatian Grandmaster most notable for winning the 1981 World Junior Championship. Our featured position comes from a game played during the 1997-98 season of the German Bundesliga, one of the top team chess leagues in the world. In a wild King’s Indian Defense, typical of the

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