Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com So what's your favorite opening?Compliments for supporting BK Academy of Chess:  50 Videos Covering Opening Theory  ECO Volume A - http://goo.gl/IAgcvf ECO Volume B - http://goo.gl/fRmBDp C20-C99: Open Game - http://goo.gl/x18xJB A51: Budapest Gambit, Kieninger - Trap http:/...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/so-whats-your-favorite-openingWed, 16 Jul 2014 20:44:36 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/so-whats-your-favorite-openingThe Lucena, Promoting the PawnSince rook and pawn endgames occur quite often in chess, learning the Lucena Position can greatly improve your game. Learn how to play with and against this position, one of the most famous and importent positions in chess endgame theory. So wit...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/the-lucenaSun, 06 Jul 2014 20:55:45 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/the-lucenaTry the French Defense - It's Easy!Why learn the French?   It's easy to learn; The general ideas are straight forward; It's very safe and sound; You can set it up with no problem.   Learn how to play with and against the French Defense in this easy to follow and well organized...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/try-the-french-defense---its-easyFri, 04 Jul 2014 18:49:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/try-the-french-defense---its-easyQueen + Rook vs. Queen + Bishop A chess endgame lesson from a correspondence game that I recently played. http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/queen--rook-vs-queen--bishopThu, 03 Jul 2014 03:08:40 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/queen--rook-vs-queen--bishopFamous Swindled Series Learn about the most famous Swindler, U.S. Champion Frank Marshall,  a gifted tactician who was one of the world's strongest players in the early 20th century. Famous Chess Swindles, Part I    Learn a very instructional endgame tactic fr...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/famous-swindled-seriesTue, 01 Jul 2014 15:49:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/famous-swindled-seriesRook Endgame: A Practical LessonBK Academy of Chess presents a practical endgame lesson taken from one of Black__Knight's games. I'm not a master, however this video contains practical rook endgame ideas that all end gamers should know.    Together we build and over the bo...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/rook-endgame-a-practical-lessonMon, 30 Jun 2014 23:39:04 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/rook-endgame-a-practical-lessonTactic Practice #2 Sharpen your tactics with these tactical motifs to train your brain to recognize the important and powerful tactical patterns that  show up in chess games repeatedly. These are the basic tactical maneuvers used in building complex combinations.Â...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/tactic-practice-2Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:39:57 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/tactic-practice-2Maróczy BindLearn about the Maróczy Bind, a pawn formation that is often played against the Sicilian Defense, most noteably against the Accelerated Dragon. A formation that ofter gives Sicilian players a hard way to go.   Together we build and over th...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/maroacuteczy-bindSat, 28 Jun 2014 12:06:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/maroacuteczy-bindRuy Lopez Exchange, Like BobbyLearn how to play with and against the Barendregt Variation of the Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation, an open which Bobby Fischer played with great success.      http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/ruy-lopez-exchange-like-bobbySat, 28 Jun 2014 00:59:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/ruy-lopez-exchange-like-bobbyOpenings Ended in Smothered MateBK Academy of Chess presents: Three videos hightlighting a tactical mating technigue, Smothered Mate, checkmating a king sufficating for... space. This can happen during any phase of the game, including in the opening, as the follow videos will d...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/openings-ended-by-smothered-mateFri, 27 Jun 2014 22:20:00 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/openings-ended-by-smothered-mateFried Liver, Traxler, Two KnightsLearn how to play with and against the Two Knights Defense, a line of the Italian Game that is so aggressive some consider it to be more of a counter attack, than a defense.  http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/fried-liver-traxler-and-2-knightsFri, 27 Jun 2014 19:55:19 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/fried-liver-traxler-and-2-knightsPoisoned Pawn Variation - Sicilian Defence A pawn is poisoned when its capture can result in positional problems or material loss for the captor. The best known of these, is a line of the Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation. BK Academy of Chess presents: http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/poisoned-pawn-variation---sicilian-defenceThu, 26 Jun 2014 22:19:47 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/poisoned-pawn-variation---sicilian-defenceThe Scotch GameLearn how to play with and against the Scotch Game or Scotch Opening. The open that grandmasters  Kasparov and Timman helped to re-popularize, when they used it as a surprise weapon to avoid the well-analysed Ruy Lopez.    http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/the-scotch-game2Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:00:08 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/the-scotch-game2Nimzo-Indian Defense Video SeriesNimzo-Indian Defense - Rubinstein System - Part 1   Nimzo-Indian Defense - Rubinstein System - Part 2    Nimzo-Indian Defense - Rubinstein System - Part 3    Nimzo-Indian Defense - Rubinstein System - Part 4    Nimzo-Indian ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/nimzo-indian-defense-video-seriesThu, 26 Jun 2014 15:32:25 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/nimzo-indian-defense-video-seriesThe Halosar Trap & Co.Halosar Trap -- Blackmar-Diemer Gambit    Blackmar-Diemer Gambit    Staunton Gambit  http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/halosar-trap-blackmar-diemer-gambitWed, 25 Jun 2014 19:30:45 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/halosar-trap-blackmar-diemer-gambitGiuoco Piano, Classical VariationLearn how to play with and againt the oldest recorded chess opening, the Giuoco Piano, also known as the Quiet Game.  modern refinements in defensive play have led most chess masters towards openings like the Ruy Lopez that offer White greater ch...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/giuoco-piano-classical-variation2Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:37:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/giuoco-piano-classical-variation2Evans Gambit, The Evergreen GameLearn the Evans Gambit, a chess opening named after the Welsh sea Captain William Davies Evans, the first player known to have played it. Though it dates back to 1827, it's still playable, as Garry Kasparov used it to defeat Viswanathan Anand in j...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/evans-gambit-the-evergreen-gameWed, 25 Jun 2014 06:19:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/evans-gambit-the-evergreen-gameBobby Fischer Video SeriesBK Academy of Chess presents the game of Bobby Fischer in a nine part video series which includes traps, sacrifices, questions to test your tactics, and much more. It even includes one of my games... Bobby shows us how to play the King's Gambit wi...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/fischers-video-seriesTue, 24 Jun 2014 20:34:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/fischers-video-seriesLasker's Video SeriesBK Academy of Chess presents a Lasker nine part video series, includes traps, sacrifices, gambits, and much more!  Albin Countergambit - Lasker Trap The Double Bishop Sacrifice   Evans Gambit Kingston Defense    Ruy Lopez - Exchange...http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/aMon, 23 Jun 2014 18:11:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/aThe Elephant TrapLearn the Elephant Trap played out of the Queen's Gambit Declined, Modern Variation, a must know for the Cambridge Springs Defenders. As played in the match Karl Mayet--Daniel Harrwitz, Berlin 1848.      http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/the-elephant-trap2Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:34:43 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Black__Knight/the-elephant-trap2