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Phiona, one of Uganda’s most unlikely champions

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This is one of my favorite stories that illustrates that even in hopelessness one may be very close to an amazing future. Phiona had to walk miles in search of food. She found a game that lifted her far beyond the quest for food, and instead made her feel like a queen and reach beyond the hopelessness of her world. One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende. Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to

Chess Puzzle: white to checkmate in 2

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Can you find the correct move? White to checkmate in 2 moves. Write your answer in the comments section. This puzzle comes from Level 3 of the Chess Tutorial. Currently the comprehensive 5 step TASC tutorial CD is FREE. Just request a copy at ChessHouse.com. It has many hours of step by step, interactive training material in the 5 step system. For comparison, you can get the newer download version from ShredderChess.com. The first 3 steps alone cost $19.95 EUR each.

Why chessboards have algebraic coordinates

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Those letters and numbers along the margin of many chessboards are the coordinate system for naming the squares, commonly called “algebraic”.

The Pawn Gets No Respect

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  Sometimes thought of as the weakest pieces in a Chess game, the pawns have often lacked the respect of novice chess players. These pieces are seen as disposable, powerless, and meant to be trampled upon by other, more important Chess pieces. However, you might be surprised to know that pawns can be some of the most dangerous pieces in a Chess game, and they deserve your respect. Pawn Chains Are Stronger:  Despite your level of Chess play, you can decipher at first glance that some pawns are in better positions of power than others.

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