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  • Alekhine's Defense: World Championship Openings

    Alexander Alekhine won the title from Jose Raul Capablanca in their 1927 match. The Franco-Russian master had an unusually wide opening repertoire compared to the earlier champions, and he loved to experiment with different openings. So while A... | Read More

  • Capablanca's Nimzo-Indian: World Champion Openings

    Like Emanuel Lasker, his successor, Jose Raul Capablanca, was less of a theoretician and more of a keen practical player. Lasker utilized his great psychological understanding and clever trickiness, while Capablanca's skill rested in his innate un... | Read More

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

  • How To Save Chess

    In 1920s, the world chess champion Jose Raul Capablanca was at the height of his career. He was so much better than anyone else that he was called "the chess machine" due to the merciless precision of his play. So when Capablanca ... | Read More

  • How To Learn An Opening And More member Mahilewetsll asked: “Hello. I’m almost 17 years old. What can I reach in chess? How long will I need to do it?” Dear Mr. Mahilewetsll, I get this kind of question a lot (from people 10 to 60). Think about this in a logical ... | Read More

    • Play like Alexander Alekhine, Part 1

      This series is about How to Play like a famous player--these blog posts will show their games, explain their style, and much more. Why I am not continuing the Thought Process series? Because honestly, it's too much work. Just to get part one a ... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Aug 28, 2015
    • Dutch Defense, Nimzo-Dutch Variation, Alekhine Variation

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      • Sici7ian
      • | Aug 27, 2015
    • Tricky Pin Puzzles

      I was putting together lesson material on pins for some private students today and I thought that readers might enjoy a shot at some of these puzzles. I'm curious how hard people think each puzzle is, so feel free to provide input in the... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | Aug 22, 2015
    • Losing Move Of The Day: Rule of the Square

      Today I played my first Standard game in ages, against a very strong 14 year-old player, Kitten7. She played a lovely move, a6, to make my position in an Alekhine fall apart. I was two pawns down when the following position arose: I opted to brin... | Read More

      • nezh_one
      • | Aug 18, 2015
    • Analysing My Own Games: One that I'm Proud Of

      I think the more you play Chess, the happier you are at finding quiet moves.   This blog is part of a concerted effort by me to analyse my own game, without the use of a computer   This is the hardest part of chess study for me, as it's diff... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... Read More »

  • Torre-Repetto, Carlos

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    Carlos Torre Repetto (1905-1978) was Mexico's first grandmaster (1977).  He was born in Merida, Yucatan.  Torre won the Louisiana championship at New Orleans 1923. He was first at Detroit 1924, followed by Samuel Factor, Herman H. Hahlbohm, ... Read More »

  • Hodges, Albert Beauregard

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    Albert Hodges (1861-1944) was a former U.S. Champion.  His first job was a hidden operator of Ajeeb, the chess automaton, at the Eden Musee in New York..  He played chess and checkers.  He won the US championship in 1894 after defeating Jackson... Read More »

  • Quadrupled Pawns

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    Yes it is possible. In fact, quadrupled pawns have appeared in many games, such as this one: Alekhine went on to win. In many games quad pawns can mean a win since many would be very advanced and have promotion threats. Usually the side with them... Read More »

  • Wing Gambit

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    The term Wing gambit usually refers to when white plays an early b2 to b4 deflecting a black pawn. There are many wing gambits. The first one is the Evan's Gambit, popularized by William Davie Evans. In the 1800's everybody used it and there were ... Read More »