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  • The Nimzowitsch Knight Dance

    Knights are tricky little pieces. Often seen dancing around the board like little mischievous imps, knights have the power to bewilder and confuse even the strongest of grandmasters. I want to take a deeper look at one particular knigh... | Read More

  • The 8 Best Chess Apps

    The mobile platform now dominates the Internet. Many more YouTube videos are watched on mobile devices (mostly smartphones) than on desktop and laptop computers combined. Two months ago, Google announced that the majority of its search... | Read More

  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Strategy

    In my last article, I gave you five tips to improve your tactics.  If you did your homework and practiced your tactics (either Tactics Trainer, or my Chess Genie app) you will see the benefits right away! However, learning strateg... | Read More

  • Lasker's Chess Wisdom

    The second world champion in chess history, Emanuel Lasker, was a unique person. Besides being the champion for 27 years (this record will never be beaten for sure!), he was also a famous mathematician and philosopher.  In his prime Lasker ... | Read More

  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More


    • How to Cheat at Chess

      Cheating in chess is widely deemed to be the greatest threat to the future of chess. Many amateurs and even many professionals regularly state that cheating is rampant. Accusations pervade every level of chess from the lowest levels of online ches... | Read More

    • Ignore/Address The Threat!

      What I've noticed, over my many years of teaching, is that depending on how a student address their opponent's threats is a very good indicator of their "playing strength". Beginners (ratings below 1200): tend to miss their opponent's intentions ... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Jul 18, 2015
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    • Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

      Hello everyone. Sorry I haven't been posting lately. I recently read a book titled Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. This book is for beginners and intermediate players who would like to learn and improve the concept of checkmate. It includes everythin... | Read More

      • Apache15
      • | Jun 30, 2015
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    • The Rope-A-Dope

      Muhammad Ali used a famous technique called the "rope-a-dope" to defeat opponents much bigger and stronger than he was. He would absorb the opponent's flurry of fierce punches and put his back against the ropes, encouraging the opponent to waste ... | Read More

      • logosx1
      • | Jun 27, 2015
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    • Common chess mistakes by new players

       Hello everyone! After two years of playing chess I have started to notice some patterns why I won games against my opponents who are often beginners like me as well. I thought to share some of these patterns with everyone on chess.com:   Ches... | Read More

      • MonkeyH
      • | Jun 26, 2015
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Video Lessons



  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • scholar's mate on f7,f2

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    Scholar's mate is easy to remember-1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qxf7#. Is it easy to defend? Yes! Come back on 'More Ways To Win'. This is a bad opening, don't play it. It's only for beginners. Read More »

  • e4

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    e4 is played by White to develop his pieces rapidly and castle. e4 is a good move for beginners! You learn to develop quickly and to attack, since it opens up the Queen and Bishop. If met by e5, you have what's called an "open game." Then the most... Read More »