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  • When White Avoids the Benoni: The Vaganian Gambit

    After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5, not every player of the white pieces agrees to take up the baton and confront the Benoni Defense or the Benko Gambit by playing 3.d5. Some may prefer to send the game toward the quieter English Opening by playing ... | Read More

  • Surprise Your Opponent!

    The Benko Gambit is one of the most popular openings among club players. It is indeed very appealing to grab the initiative early in the game playing Black against your opponent who likes to play positional chess. Why do I assume that your oppon... | Read More

  • How to Spot the "Invisible" Pin

    Pins are very popular and powerful chess weapons, and I am sure you've used them in dozens of your own games. If you just started playing chess and never heard about pins, I strongly recommend you check the Tactics Trainer. But even if you are... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4b

    This is the second part of an article (Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4a) that pointed out some structural similarities between the Sicilian Wing Gambit, the French Wing Gambit, and the Benko Gambit. However, the main focus quickly moved to the... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4a

    Is the Sicilian Wing Gambit and the French Defense a version of the Benko Gambit!? mcelsouza asked: I used to play the Wing Gambit against the Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3. I must say I played it due to my laziness (avoiding the Sicilian t... | Read More


    • Modern Benoni - The Classical Centre

      Hi guys, Next April I'm going to play in the Belgian Championship U16, so I've decided to raise the level of my play a bit. The books I'm going to study are: "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual", "Chess Structures: a Grandmaster Guide", "Mastering The Be... | Read More

    • Another method to reach 2000 USCF, Part 3: Openings for Black

      In this part, I will discuss choosing openings for Black. This is much more straightforward than figuring out what to do as White. There are "many roads to Rome," as it were. The main question you need to ask yourself is: are you more interested ... | Read More

    • Advanced Repertoire

      My Advanced Repertoire 2001-2200 White Opening: King Pawn Opening 1.e4 against 1...e5 Italian game Fried Liver Attack Lolli Attack                                      Halloween Gambit                     ... | Read More

    • Intermediate Repertoire

      My Intermediate Repertoire 1401-1700 White Opening: King Pawn Opening 1.e4 against 1...e5 Italian game Fried Liver Attack Lolli Attack against 1...e6 Kings Indian Attack against 1...c5 Kings Indian Attack Closed Sicilian against 1...c6 ... | Read More

    • Success at the Maryland Open-Duel Blog

      Hey everyone, this is my first blog post since about nine months ago, since I haven't had a good tournament to blog about! After my very successful Potomac Open last August (Check out my previous two blog pots to see that tournament) where my rati... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Dutch Defense

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    The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 ... Read More »

  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »

  • Bird's Opening

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    Bird's Opening (or the Dutch Attack) is a chess opening characterised by the move: 1. f4Bird's is a standard but never popular flank opening. White's strategic ideas involve control of the e5-square without occupying it, but his first move ... Read More »

  • Benko's Opening

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    Benko's Opening (also known as the Hungarian Opening, the Barcza Opening, the Bilek Opening, and the King's Fianchetto Opening), is achess opening characterized by the move: 1. g3White's 1.g3 ranks as the fifth most popular opening move in... Read More »