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Questions about specific chess openings and advice about which opening repertoire is suited to a particular style. For example, the Sicilian Defense is suited to aggressive players, while the Caro Kann Defense appeals to defensive players.

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I've been studying chess since I was 12. Apart from a vast library of specialized chess opening books, I also have a huge database collection of games.


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I've been playing in chess tournaments in the United States and Canada since 1972. I've won many tournaments in both countries and I'm ranked as a Canadian Expert. I've also written articles for chess magazines and one of my best victories ever is featured here:

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2016-12-19 Amateur Black winning percentage?:

Hi Glen,    Thanks for your questions.  I'm sorry it took me a while to answer, but I was away for Christmas.      1) Here's information on winning percentages based on colors:    https://en.wikipedia

2016-09-19 Bishop - Knight Combinations.:

Hi Prashant,    This all depends on the type of positions you reach in a middle game and what the objectives are.    There are positions where each of the three combinations you give could be better.

2016-09-12 Checkmate with Bishop and Knight.:

Hi Prashant,    This is a good checkmate to know to see how the Bishop and knight can work together, though in 44 years of tournament chess - I've only had in occur once.  Therefore, it's extremely rare

2016-09-03 Chess moves automated recording machine.:

Hi Prashant,    It could be for some players as I've seen players use them and they like them.  For me, I still prefer writing the moves down, as sometimes when doing this, I have a second thought on what

2016-08-23 Checkmate with Two knights.:

Hi Prashant,    If you set-up the following mate with two Knights vs. a lone King on a chessboard:    White - Ka6, Nb6, Nc6  Black - Ka8    ...the only way for this to occur is for Black to voluntarily


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