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  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • The Modern Defense: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.  Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More

  • The King's Gambit: A History

    With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come. I now begin a new column co... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Kramnik vs. Kasparov

    By 1990, Garry Kasparov had done what nobody had done before since the creation of the world championship: defended his title multiple times against the clearly best challenger. All in all, he and Anatoly Karpov played five quite grueling matches ... | Read More

  • Coaches Get Off Couches For Death Match 28

    Two of the world's most accomplished chess coaches will put down their red pens and fire up their laptops for Death Match 28. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, coach of this year's U.S. Women's Champion and U.S. Championship finalist, and GM Simen Agdeste... | Read More

    • My Chess Books Vol - 11: Secrets of Opening Surprises (Vol2) by Jeroen Bosch ed.

      At $11.00 used this book was a 50% discount. The analysis presented in it is strong but not an overload as it is the case with many other books of this kind. This book is part of a multi volume series that focuses on rare openings and uncommon... | Read More

      • Avro1000
      • | Mar 10, 2015
    • Black Repertoire In Bullet Chess

      Hi dear chess friend, please allow me to introduce repertoire in bullet chess. In bullet chess we are randomly paired to an opponent and are designated to white or black side. This repertoire is meant to be used on the black side. When the game a... | Read More

      • zackbany
      • | Feb 24, 2015
    • Slaying 'the Vulture'

      Recently i played an interesting game with an opening variation i did not know before. the opening turned out to be "the vulture" variation of the modern Benoni. It think the opening and its ideas are interesting and relatively unknown to many a... | Read More

      • Negyuh
      • | Feb 23, 2015
    • Building an opening repertoire

      From time to time chess players ask me help with building an opening repertoire. My opinion is that one should find out the following : What your strong and weak chess skills are. What chess positions you feel comfortable with, and apply that on... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Feb 21, 2015
    • Video analysis, game about benoni defence

      Hello at all, I'm happy to share this video , it talks about a game that I played saturday in the first round of the Catania Open against A.Russo 1848 fide rated.       Follow me Facebook Twitter | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Benko Gambit

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    The Benko Gambit is characterized by the move 3...b5 in the Benoni Defense arising after: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 c53. d5 b5 The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) has three codes for the Benko Gambit: A57 3...b5 A58 3...b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 A59 3... Read More »

  • 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 »