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    • The Baltic Defense

      A quick introduction to playing with and against the Baltic Defense, a sideline of the Queen's Gambit Declined, named after the birth place of Paul Keres. http://youtu.be/d2BNySYCOrU | Read More

    • The Queen's Gambit Decline, Orthodox Line

      A quick introduction to playing with and against the Queen's Gambit Decline, Orthodox Line , one of the most reliable defenses versus d4. http://youtu.be/LRwd9yhyiFU | Read More

    • The Austrian Defense

      A quick introduction to playing with and against the Austrian Defense (Symmetrical Defense), a variation of the Queen's Gambit Decline that Alessandro Salvio wrote about over 400 years ago. http://youtu.be/BamVxW__ZgY | Read More

    • The Chigorin Defense

      A quick introduction to playing with and against the Chigorin Defense of the Queen's Gambit, named after Russian grandmaster Mikhail Chigorin. It's an unorthodox approach to the Queen's Gambit and serves well as a surprise weapon as it's rarely pl... | Read More

    • The Queen's Gambit Accepted

      A quick introduction to playing with and against the Queen's Gambit Accepted, a sound alternative to the Queen's Gambit. Accepting the gambit was once considered dubious for allowing White to occupy the center. However, occupation by itself does n... | Read More

    • The Pirc Defense

      A quick introduction to playing with and against the Pirc Defense, a relatively new opening where Black allows White to grab hold of the center and attempts to undermine it from the flanks. http://youtu.be/8LY-8h2yqeQ | Read More

    • The Staunton Gambit

      A quick introduction to playing with and against the Staunton Gambit, an aggressive answer to the Dutch Defense that was once feared by most Dutch defenders. http://youtu.be/rs5zbPHZKH0 | Read More

    • The Kingston Defense

      A quick introduction to playing with and against the Kingston Defense, also known as the Franco-Dutch Defence, a nice surprise weapon for French defenders to have in their back pocket. The first recorded game was by Chigorin in 1880, and Emanuel L... | Read More

    • The Dutch Defense

      A quick introduction to playing with and against the Dutch Defense. Though not a main line in modern chess, it's still played at the master level, most notably by Hikaru Nakamura. http://youtu.be/P9CAEQBo7lE | Read More

    • The Open Game, 1. e4 e5

      An introduction to the various openings stemming from 1. e4 e5 for both the white and black pieces, including the following openings: Portuguese Opening Lopez Opening Vienna Game Bishop's Opening Ponziani's Gambit Danish Gambit Ce... | Read More