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    • Learning Board Awareness

      I've been working on another course with IM Daniel Tapia, and we're happy to be able to release it today. Daniel did an amazing job creating the videos and the content for the course. The Board Awareness course covers how to avoid blundering and h... | Read More

    • Basic Attacking Strategy

      An important part of chess is the stage of the attack. This doesn't occur in every single game, but it's useful to know when to attack and how to successfully carry out an onslaught against the enemy king.   There are a few positional cues that... | Read More

    • Introduction to Chess Tactics - Part 2

      In my last blog post I introduced what tactics were and their importance in chess. The video covered pins, forks, and skewers.   There are a few more common types of tactics, and I've gone over them in another video. Here I cover discoveries, r... | Read More

    • Checkmating the Lone King

      Understanding basic mating techniques is critical to winning games early on in one's chess career. A material advantage that carries on into the endgame will require the chess player to have a good understanding of mating with King and Queen or Ki... | Read More

    • Introduction to Chess Tactics

      A chess tactic is a sequence of moves that leads to some sort of tangible gain. This could be delivering checkmate, winning material, or obtaining some other sort of advantage.   For most players, practicing tactics is what helps take their gam... | Read More

    • Learn How to Attack

      I've been working on creating a course on Attack for the past month or so, and I finally released it today. If you want to learn how to attack the uncastled or castled king in addition to learning more about common mating patterns, you'll probabl... | Read More

    • Learn The Sicilian Dragon!

      A new Chesscademy course was released today that serves as an introduction to the Sicilian Dragon. This course is quite special to me because I started playing the Dragon at the tender age of 8 and continue to play it to this day. The opening comp... | Read More

    • Chesscademy, A Fun and Free Way to Learn Chess

      Hello Chess.com! I just wanted to let everyone know of a new project I've been working on over the past two months. I started Chesscademy to help people around the world learn chess.   Four years ago, I shaped my vision. I helped teach at the c... | Read More

    • Improving One's Capacity To Improve - Part 4

      In the final installment of the series, I want to focus on the value of coaching and the importance of reviewing one's tournament games. I have covered a variety of studying habits up to this point such as analyzing annotated Grandmaster games and... | Read More

    • Improving One's Capacity To Improve - Part 3

      In the previous post I covered the importance of studying annotated grandmaster games. However, you can't readily test your abilities and notice a positive trend in your play without putting your newfound knowledge to the test. I recommend playing... | Read More