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  • The Killer Instinct

         There are many definitions for the concept, "killer instinct."  One of the better ones I found, from, tell us it's "an aggressive and ruthless determination to win or attain a goal."       Maybe it was an eventual p... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Speed Chess -- The Good

    Topic for May/June: The Endgame (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other departments.) The Good and the Bad of Speed Che... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

  • Little Mother

         In the 1890s women's chess in England, as in most places, was considered nearly inconsequential.  To bring this arena to the forefront required dedication, energy and persistance.  It so happened that many of the women who had those re... | Read More

  • Q&A: Opening Prep And Troll Attacks

    QUESTION: Taylor_chess85 asked: “I would like to understand the type of games I am interested in playing. I am a beginner, and I thought that maybe I might make a database of every game certain people played with a certain opening. My idea is ... | Read More

    • Firman Allah SWT: "Sesungguhnya jika kamu bersyukur.."

      Dan (ingatlah juga), tatkala Tuhanmu memaklumkan. "Sesungguhnya jika kamu bersyukur, pasti Kami akan menambah (ni'mat) kepadamu, dan jika kamu mengingkari (ni'mat-Ku), maka sesungguhnya azab-Ku sangat pedih".  Dan Musa berkata: "Jika kamu dan ora... | Read More

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    • LIVE CHESS: How to Challenge, etc.

      Because I don’t actually play much chess on this site (yes, I know *sigh*), and never in LIVE Chess, I’ve not been very familiar with how that area of works. That’s when roninreturns stepped in and was kind enough to share a bit of... | Read More

    • Let the Games Begin

      (Beat Reporter:  Mark LaRocca)  Chess is a game.  And, if you will, one played by gladiators, warriors of a sort not seen since the middle ages.  Its mayhem is enacted over 64 squares,  its blood drawn in terms of rating points and broken ego... | Read More

    • How to get the most out of the Chess Mentor

      Chess Mentor is a great feature, but please don't do like I did at first and just click on the Orange button "Start Your Free Lessons Now!".  Instead go to View Courses ( ) and peruse the titles and find s... | Read More

      • jinman2718
      • | Aug 15, 2015
    • Saving the Game Through Stalemate

      Did you know that roughly half of all endgames by Master level players come down to Rook and pawn endgames? If you aren’t a master you will still see these endings quite frequently and even more often you will see the possibility of simplifying ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
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Video Lessons


  • the Grob

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    Grob's Attack is an unconventional chess opening where White immediately moves the king knight's pawn two squares ahead: 1. g4 The opening takes its name from Swiss International Master Henri Grob (1904–1974) who analyzed it extensively... Read More »