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Endings to be Proud Of

by • September 2, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top BoardComments (1)1422

By Donny Gray If someone asks you, who was the best chess ending player of all time, who do you say? When we think of the top ending players we normally answer with names like Capablanca, Lasker, Rubinstein, Flohr, Karpov, or Smyslov. And, of course, we cannot leave out today’s current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, who [&hellip...

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Chess in Prison

Endgame Fundamentals…Sort of

August 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1458

By Donny Gray Psssst. Keep this to yourself. Don’t tell anyone but this article is not about endings! Well, I guess it technically is since I DO talk about a queen and king mate at the end. So maybe I won’t get in trouble with the authorities when...


The Lucena Position

July 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1278

By Donny Gray The Lucena position is one of the most famous and important rook endings that exists in chess. If the side with the pawn can reach this type of position, he can forcibly win the game. The position is named after the Spaniard Luis Ramirez de...

CHESS Queen vs King on beach

Queen and Pawns in the Endgame

June 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured2216

By Donny Gray Many times after a long hard fought battle, your chess game becomes a race to Queen a pawn. But no matter what the position, someone will Queen first. Let’s take a look at some of the resulting endings when someone Queens first. If both...

CHESS king in the center

King in the Center

April 25, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1295

By Donny Gray Back in the olden days, late 1970’s, GM Larry Christiansen came to Little Rock Arkansas to give an exhibition and lecture. My rating then was around 1800 give or take a rating point or two. Two things stand out about his visit to me that...


Francisco, R – Baghwat, N USATS (Round 2)

March 31, 2014 • Featured, Games1252

By Richard Francisco The following game was played in round 2 at the USATS. It was my favorite game, as I was able to execute a standard attacking strategy in a novel form. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h6 5.g4 Bg6? This retreat is inaccurate.  Black is...



March 29, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1777

One of my favorite chess books is Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies, by Ghenrikh Kasparyan. It is solely about how to dominate your opponent’s pieces. Domination is a way to say that even though a piece has a wide choice of squares, it cannot avoid...


Three Theoretical Novelties: Let’s See How They Run

January 7, 2014 • Featured, Games9586

By Daniel Quigley Theoretical Novelty (TN): A move, usually played in the opening, thought not to have been played before. This normally refers to the effort of serious titled players engaged in prepared and  conscious planning, or the luck of an inspired...


The Butterfly Effect

January 5, 2014 • Games1413

By Daniel Gurevich In the 1952 short story by Ray Bradbury, “A Sound of Thunder”, the killing of a butterfly by a time-traveler during the time of dinosaurs causes the future to change in subtle but meaningful ways. The term “butterfly effect” was...


Review: Ivan Sokolov’s The Ruy Lopez Revisited

January 5, 2014 • Booked Up1575

By Benjamin Frances Like most self-respecting club players, I grew up meeting 1.e4 with 1…c5. I think the underlying cause was a desire to remain in control. If I could hide behind twenty moves of the latest theory of the Najdorf, then I couldn’t...