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  • More Ways To Battle The Caro-Kann

    Last week, we discussed the first few options to fight against Black's Caro-Kann.  Now let's take a look at some of the most important ways White can respond to this opening. The Advance Variation: The line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 has... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Of 2014

    As 2014 draws to a close, it’s a natural time to look back at the best chess of the year. The past year was a good one for fans of the world’s most popular board game. There was an exciting world championship match, several amaz... | Read More

  • Paul Morphy's Chess Strength

    Paul Morphy, Spring Hill College, 1854      This is a highly unusual article for me.  I have no love for chess engines.  Additionally, I have severe reservations about trying to compare modern players with 19th cenutry players.  It h... | Read More

  • Study Plan for Intermediate Players: The Endgame!

    Target Skill Range: Intermediate (Rated 1400-1799) Arrive at your final chess destination with the knowledge you need to win! Tasks: Increase Your Knowledge of "Must Know" Technical Endgames Improve Your Endgame Technique Complete these ... | Read More

  • How to develop an opening repertoire

    As players progress beyond the initial stage of their chess education it becomes necessary to develop an opening repertoire. An opening repertoire is a collection of the openings at you use on a regular basis. There are several stages to developin... | Read More


    • Tricky Moves in Chess and Life

      Hi Chess Friends,   I haven't been playing much lately because I had a recent wedding and honeymoon, followed shortly by a lot of work and a move of apartments. The picture above is Mrs. CoachJKane, with some of our many moving boxes.  I rela... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | Aug 31, 2015
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    • puıɯ uı puǝ ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ uıƃǝq

       So I've been chronicling my goal to get better at Rook endgames. They happen once every two games in Master games, less at class level. Nonetheless, regardless of your strength, understanding these ideas will help me (and you) improve. Today we ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Aug 5, 2015
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    • Do Not Read the Blog Post

      Warning Please do not read this blog post. It is so full of chess ideas, lines, positions and variations that the average chess player cannot possibly handle. In fact, in a controlled study of five chess.com members who were made to read this po... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Aug 4, 2015
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    • Improving is Painful

      Let's face it folks, improving is painful. If it were easy, everyone would be a Grandmaster and we wouldn't have such a huge market for videos, books and lessons. The painful element is especially true when you are older and have hard wired a lot ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Aug 2, 2015
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    • Breaking Down a Complex Rook Ending - II

      In part one of this captivating series, our protagonist was fighting off the forces of evil. Armed with only a Rook and Three Pawns, our Dark King was fending off a Rook and FOUR pawns. Could it be done? We saw that it could if White ado... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jul 9, 2015
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  • Mieses Opening

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    The Mieses Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. d3The opening is named after the German-British grandmaster Jacques Mieses. It is considered an irregular opening, so it is classified under the A00 code in the Encyclop... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Joshua Waitzkin

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    Joshua Waitzkin (born December 4, 1976) is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. He is the only person to have won th... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of Chess.com games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »