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Original Articles for Club Players
September 3rd, 2018
Yamil Duba

Looking for some improvement over a recent lost (Heinechen) I re-opened the much-recommended book ‘The Pirc, move by move’ by GM Nigel Davies (Everyman Chess). There I stumbled upon an ambitious and unorthodox idea that caught my attention: ...d5!?, an interesting resource for the Pirc Defence against the Byrne Variation. It happens to me way too often. Good opening preparation. A few decent moves in the middle game. Time pressure, blunder, and curtains down. Believe me, I know how truly painful that is. I play just two or three International Rating Tournaments a year…

All of us have gone through that miserable experience of smelling the odor of fraud after being crushed by a much weaker opponent. None can…

I hadn't heard of the checkmate with two self-block until I received the last issue of New in Chess (2018/3). In it, GM Jan Timman…

Last weekend I took part in a national championship cycle tournament. It was a Swiss sub-2200 event of seven rounds. My goal was five points.…

Of course not me but a good friend of mine. It's always superb to achieve a nice victory over the board at the club, not…

Josef Vančura was a Czech composer born at the end of the nineteenth century and buried only 23 years later, in 1921. He's remembered for a specific rook and rook's pawn vs rook endgame which he carefully studied. Due to…

You can call me a traditionalist, a very closed-minded one. But as a caveman ---if you like--- there's something I care the most, and that's the true foundations of what I love. While thousands of chess enthusiasts went crazy this…

Probably the theory of corresponding squares is one of the hardest aspects of chess endgames. It is mainly applied to pawn-ending situations where king maneuvers are essential. ‘The ideal case is a system of squares where both kings are in…

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