Stockfish vs ChessBase, Round 1


On July 4th this year, after a lot of waiting, Stockfish and Chessbase finally got their first day in court. The battle between the two software makers began when ChessBase released a chess engine called “Fat Fritz 2” that was allegedly a repackaged ve…

Botters Plays Chekkers

Round about 1970 I bought a copy of Botvinnik’s 100 Selected Games at a tournament bookstall. Botvinnik’s annotations provided me with a lot of insights into how chess should really be played. There was one game in particular which impressed me: Botvinnik – Chekhover from the USSR Championship semi-final in 1938. Here’s the crucial position. … Continue reading “Botters Plays Chekkers”

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Lucchini Gambit: A Little Known Chess Opening

Learn a lot about attack and defense in chess with the unheralded Lucchini Gambit. For those players who relish exciting chess and are not afraid to sacrifice material, the Lucchini Gambit is tailor-made for you. Learn about a position Stockfish assesses as 0.00 even though Black is an entire rook down. Deepen your understanding of […]

Try the Dangerous Trompowsky Attack Today

Among the many contributions British chess players make to opening theory, the Trompowsky Attack is one of the most dangerous. The Trompowsky Attack takes your opponent out of their preferred defense to 1.d4 by side-stepping the King’s Indian Defense, Nimzo-Indian Defense, and Grunfeld Defense. Even if theory says the position is equal, you have drawn […]

5 Key Lessons I learned In My First Year Playing Chess


Note from Noël: This is a guest post by a Next Level Chess reader who goes by ‘Ringofbarahir’ on several Chess platforms (Chessable/ He is an adult chess improver and looks back on his first year in chess. The clarity of his insights struck me and that’s why I’m very happy to share the article […]

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Naroditsky strolls to TA win


The January Lichess Bullet Titled Arena was won by GM Daniel Naroditsky, one of the world’s leading bullet specialists and well-known chess commentator and streamer. Naroditsky, in fact, put up a stunning performance that got him close to beating the a…