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  • Riding The Winds Of Fashion, Part 3

    Warning! This is a fairly advanced article. I try to write for players of all ratings, so sometimes I explore basic stuff, and other times I bow to the 1800-and-above crowd. Though the opening in question is too advanced for beginners, I hope that... | Read More

  • The Bill Gates Variation

    How many of you could get a winning position against Magnus Carlsen after just eight moves of play? How many chess players in the world could do it? I know one of them, and his name is Bill Gates! Image: NRK/YouTube Not only did he achiev... | Read More

  • The Velimirovic's Guide to the Modern Benoni, Part Two

    Today we'll continue learning typical ideas of the Modern Benoni using Velimirovic's games. But first, I would like to address the concern of one of our readers who, in his comments, expressed disappointment that none of Velimirovic's opponents pl... | Read More

  • The Velimirovic's Guide to the Modern Benoni

    In last week's article we discussed the chess heritage of GM Dragoljub Velimirovic. You probably noticed that all the games used for the article shared the same opening - the Sicilian Defense. This is, of course, not a coincidence s... | Read More

  • Requiem for a Romantic

    Chess is a reflection of life. Our modern lives go faster and so too do the time controls we play today. When I tell kids that I played the so-called Capablanca's time control (two hours and 30 minutes for the first 40 moves) and then the game wou... | Read More

    • So what's your favorite opening?

      Compliments for supporting BK Academy of Chess:  50 Videos Covering Opening Theory  ECO Volume A - ECO Volume B - C20–C99: Open Game - A51: Budapest Gambit, Kieninger - Trap http... | Read More

    • Outplaying an opponent!

      This was schmidt benoni opening. The m ain line is to capture with the pawn and not with the queen. Anyhoo! I played on to win the game. I missed a few tactics towards the end (endgame tactics) so I shall work on that from here on out! Hope ... | Read More

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      • | Jul 16, 2014
    • A Warning to Beginners

      Ok, there is a site called On that site there are some accurate articles and the majority of the articles there are accurate -- but in the chess section -- it is an entire different story. The "advice" is oversimplified at best and do... | Read More

    • The beginnings of a repertoire

      Hey everyone So i feel like posting and didn't know what to post. My main concerns at the moment are in my opening repertoire and so i thought i'd explain my analysis when starting. Firstly, I was watching a lot of tv coverage of the u... | Read More

    • Czech Benoni Smashed

      This was an entertaining beat down of a sketchy Benoni I faced in 5 2 blitz. | Read More

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  • A00 to E99

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    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »

  • Benoni

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    The opening name after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5.  It was first analyzed by Aaron Reinganum in 1825, who called it Ben-Oni (child of my tears, in Hebrew).  His book was Ben-Oni oder die Vertheidigungen die Gambitzüge im Schach. Not to be confused with ... Read More »