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Cryptochessanalysis
"If you want new ideas, read old books..." -- Ivan Pavlov I have been unconsciously devoted to  cryptochessanalysis for many years.  Only recently did I recognize the depths of my delusion.  Like cryptanalysis , the goal of  cryptochessanalysis  is to crack...
"If you want new ideas, read old books..." -- Ivan Pavlov I have been unconsciously devoted to cryptochessanalysis for many years.  Only recently did I recognize the depths of my delusion.  Like cryptanalysis, the goal of c...
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Interesting quote, and article. Thanks Mike!
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Yaacov's Deathmatch
I have annotated a selection of games from the Deathmatch between IM Yaacov Norowitz and GM Boris Avrukh  ( Replay , PGN ), played Sunday, June 22 on the Chess.com server. Commentator  IM Daniel Rensch called it "The most exciting deathmatch in history," an...
I have annotated a selection of games from the Deathmatch between IM Yaacov Norowitz and GM Boris Avrukh (Replay, PGN), played Sunday, June 22 on the Chess.com server. Commentator IM Daniel Rensch called it "The most exciting...
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Two Knights Caro-Kann Gets Tartakowered
Eleven players participated in the first round of the Summer tourney. The Kenilworth Chess Club's annual Summer Tournament began this past Thursday.  I always try to play at least the first round of this event, which keeps the club active during the quiet s...
Eleven players participated in the first round of the Summer tourney. The Kenilworth Chess Club's annual Summer Tournament began this past Thursday.  I always try to play at least the first round of this event, which keeps th...
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The Bird Defense (C61) of 40 Years Ago
I have been reading 40 Years of Friendship, 100 Games of Chess by Wayne Conover, Steve Pozarek, and Eugene Salomon (Smashwords eBook 2014), which I picked up mostly out of nostalgia for New Jersey chess: I knew all three players when I was a young member of...
I have been reading 40 Years of Friendship, 100 Games of Chess by Wayne Conover, Steve Pozarek, and Eugene Salomon (Smashwords eBook 2014), which I picked up mostly out of nostalgia for New Jersey chess: I knew all three play...
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Vienna Gambit (C29) Bibliography
I have decided to return to my project on the Alrick Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament of 1924-1925 , so I thought I'd compile a bibliography on the Vienna Gambit (C29), which opens 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 and usually continues 3...d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 when White...
I have decided to return to my project on the Alrick Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament of 1924-1925, so I thought I'd compile a bibliography on the Vienna Gambit (C29), which opens 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 and usually continue...
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Review of Dejan Bojkov's "Modernized: The King's Indian Defense"
One of the most original King's Indian repertoire books to ever appear in print is GM Dejan Bojkov's  Modernized: The King's Indian Defense  (Metropolitan Chess Publishing, 2014), which can be purchased  from  USCF Sales  or via Amazon .   I was so taken by...
One of the most original King's Indian repertoire books to ever appear in print is GM Dejan Bojkov's Modernized: The King's Indian Defense (Metropolitan Chess Publishing, 2014), which can be purchased from USCF Sales or via A...
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A Missed Hook and Ladder Trick
I visited the Kenilworth Chess Club on Thursday where I participated in round 4 of the Summer Tournament.  I have annotated my game with Dr. Richard Lewis , whom I have known since the 1980s when he was president of the Westfield Chess Club for many years. ...
I visited the Kenilworth Chess Club on Thursday where I participated in round 4 of the Summer Tournament.  I have annotated my game with Dr. Richard Lewis, whom I have known since the 1980s when he was president of the Westfi...
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Vienna Gambit Traps from the Alrick H. Man
I have annotated the game Rudolf Smirka - Carlos Torre, New York 1925  ( Replay / Download PGN ), from the Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament.  It nicely illustrates some important but nearly forgotten traps in the Vienna Gambit (C29).  The chief ...
I have annotated the game Rudolf Smirka - Carlos Torre, New York 1925 (Replay / Download PGN), from the Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament.  It nicely illustrates some important but nearly forgotten traps in the Vie...
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Review of Pete Tamburro's "Openings for Amateurs"
Pete Tamburro's Openings for Amateurs (Mongoose 2014) lives up to its billing as an excellent introduction to the openings for scholastic and club players .  They just don't write books like this anymore -- ones that give good general advice on the openings...
Pete Tamburro's Openings for Amateurs (Mongoose 2014) lives up to its billing as an excellent introduction to the openings for scholastic and club players.  They just don't write books like this anymore -- ones that give good...
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The Dimock Theme Tournaments and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
While assembling and analyzing the games from the Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament of 1924-1925 for an article on the event (which should go up next week), I decided to do some more searching to see if any additional games from the tournament mi...
While assembling and analyzing the games from the Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament of 1924-1925 for an article on the event (which should go up next week), I decided to do some more searching to see if any additio...
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Grand Prix Attack (B23) Bibliography, 2006-2014
I have not updated my  Grand Prix Attack Bibliography  since 2006, and a large number of excellent new books and videos have come out on this popular "anti-Sicilian" line, which might begin 1.e4 c5 2.f4 or 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4.   I have tried my best to p...
I have not updated my Grand Prix Attack Bibliography since 2006, and a large number of excellent new books and videos have come out on this popular "anti-Sicilian" line, which might begin 1.e4 c5 2.f4 or 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f...
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The Kavalek System vs the King's Indian Fianchetto Variation (E62)
The Kavalek System against the King's Indian Fianchetto Variation (E62) begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 d6 5.g3 O-O 6.Bg2 c6 7.O-O Qa5.   Developed in the 1960s by the Czech-born American GM Lubomir Kavalek, the line offers a very flexible response ...
The Kavalek System against the King's Indian Fianchetto Variation (E62) begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 d6 5.g3 O-O 6.Bg2 c6 7.O-O Qa5.  Developed in the 1960s by the Czech-born American GM Lubomir Kavalek, the line o...
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