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Three Theoretical Novelties: Let’s See How They Run

by • January 7, 2014 • Featured, GamesComments (145)9656

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 amateur, not the uniquely thoughtless move of the patzer. Although not all TNs will [&hellip...

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The Butterfly Effect

January 5, 2014 • Games1450

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 Up1620

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...


Review: 2005 Releases from Everyman Chess

January 5, 2014 • Booked Up1332

By Tim Brookshear A note on Peach Ratings: They are different than the conventional stars. 4 peaches: a classic that belongs in every library. 3: An excellent book. 2: A worthwhile book. 1: Duplicates material already available. Pit: Why did they even bother?...


Building an Opening Repertoire

January 5, 2014 • Featured, Top Board5841

By John Lattier My father taught me how to play in the 1980s. We’d set up the wooden chess set on the kitchen table. He’d play 1. e4, and I would respond with 1…e5, and then he’d launch his entire army at my weak f7 square. I had no idea what to do. I...

Games: 2013 GA State Championship

January 1, 2014 • Games1329

John Lattier(2015)—Ruifeng Li(2310) 2013 GA St Champ’ship, 2013.05.03(1) 1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bd6 5. Na3 Bc5 6. Nc4 e4 7. Ne5 Nxe5 8. Bxe5 O-O 9. Bb2 c6 10. Be2 d5 11. h4 d4 12. Nh3 Qb6 13. Qc1 Nd5 14. Ba3 dxe3 15. fxe3 Rd8 16. Bxc5...