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  • The Double Attack

    The double attack is a devastating tactical weapon. A double attack can come out of nowhere, instantly winning the game in a complex position. Combinations and tactical shots are usually made possible by a certain aspect of the position -- a vul... | Read More

  • 6 Ways To Beat Magnus Carlsen

    This Sunday (Dec. 14), "10 fortunate Chess.com members will earn the right to challenge World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen in an online simultaneous exhibition," according to FM Mike Klein's press release. But I wouldn't call them "fortu... | Read More

  • 5 Great Chess Books For Beginners

    Like it or not, holiday gift-shopping season is now upon us, at least according to the ubiquitous calendar of commerce.  Instead of being trampled by unruly deal-seekers at big box retail stores, you can shop online and still get somet... | Read More

  • How to Understand Pawn Races

    Many beginners tend to assume that pawn endings are easy to master. After all, with material so limited, how hard can it be to untangle the complexities of any given position? The answer, as any endgame maven will tell you, is unequivocal: ... | Read More

  • The 10 Weirdest Chess Sets

    The last two weeks, we looked at the chess pieces most and least likely to survive the game. Most of the time, those chess pieces will be the normal Staunton tournament set we all know so well. When playing online, though, you can choose ... | Read More


    • chess trick

      Learn chess strategy this helps you to avoid making the same mistakes in every game you play. The chess tips on my website help you to improve your strategy and finally start winning. To get better you need mental discipline, patience and knowledg... | Read More

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    • The Top Five Most Embarrassing Ways To Lose In Chess

      How many checkmates have you seen before? How many variations? Well, if you played chess for quite some time, you answer should be a big number! But have you ever fell for basic and well known checkmastes? How embarrassed were you? Now, back to th... | Read More

    • Better Chess Vision. A Manifesto

      It is becoming necessary for the attention of chess teachers, instructors and educators to be drawn to one circumstance which seems to be so slight that they do not even consider it their duty to notice it. That thing is the following: they are re... | Read More

    • Youth Coaching Strategies: Relating Chess to Everything & Basic Drills

      I've had success coaching my chess club (grades 1-7) by using some rather developed methods. The intention is two-fold; hold the student's attention and make the right presentation. At least in my club's age group they are not totally familiar w... | Read More

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    • Why instant refutations don't work!

      The reason why many beginners lose their chess games with opponents is because they tend to go for the  instant refutation of peculiar moves. They should always keep in mind that thinking of just one move ahead will not work when playing strong ... | Read More

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Video Lessons



  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... 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 »