Advice for New Chess Players, Part 1: General Tips

No matter why you decided to pick up chess, Congratulations, and Welcome! I played my first chess tournaments in 1995-96. While I started teaching beginners as early as 1997 (when I was not much past 1000 USCF), I didn’t become a full-time chess teacher and coach until 2005 (I had surpassed 1800 by then). I’ve seen

Chess Tactics: Radjabov — Naiditsch, 2003

Teimour Radjabov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1987. He was at one point the youngest grandmaster in the world, achieving the highest title in chess at the age of 14 years and 14 days (at that time, Bu Xiangzhi was the youngest GM ever, before Sergey Karjakin shattered the record in 2002). Radjabov began playing top

Which Chess Opening Move is Best? Part 3

In Part 1, we discussed 1.e4. Part 2 was all about 1.d4. Now it’s time to talk about the so-called Flank Openings. Since I have discussed 1.c4 previously, I’ll focus on other moves, starting with…   1.Nf3 — Definitely NOT for keeping things simple Unless you are married to 1.e4 until death-do-you-part, opening with 1.Nf3

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,

Mark Dvoretsky: Great Chess Authors, Part 7

After mostly choosing authors for this series who geared their writings for beginners and intermediate players, let’s discuss an author on the opposite end of the spectrum. I warn you: this post will be long. Mark Dvoretsky (1947-2016) Muscovite Mark Dvoretsky was a very strong player, becoming an International Master in 1975. In this period he

Garry Kasparov Tribute, and My Favorite Kasparov Game

The Greatest Garry Kasparov was born April 13, 1963; today is his 57th birthday. Kasparov retired from classical chess in 2005 after winning the Linares tournament (shared with Veselin Topalov). It was the ninth time he won clear or shared first at the most prestigious tournament of all. Though he retired at the relatively early

Opening for Black according to Karpov

If you like Karpov’s black openings this is an underrated gem Opening for Black according to Karpov was written by Alexander Khalifman and published by the Bulgarian publisher Chess Stars all the way back in 2001. I believe it was one of their first books. Now, I have to admit being attracted to this book

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