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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Dec 13, 2013

    "I know doing basic tactics puzzles is good for me but I don't have much fun doing them. How can I make them more fun?" A great question. But of course the answer depends on a large part of what is preventing that study from being fun. It might b... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Nov 8, 2013

    "I don't do better as White than as Black; what is wrong?" On the average, having White against a player of equal value means you should score about 57% of the points (e.g. 40 wins, 34 draws, and 26 losses in 100 games), which translates to about ... | Read More

  • Attack and Defense in the Dragon

    There are different schools of thought on how a chess player should structure their opening repertoire. Many of the top players nowadays seem to play a huge variety of different openings, each picked to match a particular opponent or a particular ... | Read More

  • How to Beat a Much Stronger Opponent

    Most chess players face this problem pretty frequently: what should I do against a much stronger opponent?  And here when we say "a much stronger opponent" , we talk about somebody who is at least 300-400 rating points higher. Let's start from ma... | Read More

  • Advanced Chess Books on Openings

    Capltal asked: My rating is 1130. For Black, I’m interested in both 1.c4 e5 and 1.e4 e5! However, both have many variations so I bought two books: THE MARSHALL ATTACK by Bogdan Lalic and THE PETROFF DEFENSE by Forintos and Haag. Is it a good i... | Read More

    • Desperato?

      A lot of time's, Ken, the guy I play with at starbucks a lot, when he see's I have little time left on the cleck and I have a huge advantage, he'll start sacing pieces to get my king out in the open so he can just check my king and make me waste t... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Jun 12, 2014
    • best opening preparation on lucas chess

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    • Chess tactics.

      When beginning, the most important move, is the first one. It is important, to always protect your king. Usually, one of the best openings, is english opening. | Read More

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      Welcome back everybody. This post will be explaining the top 10 best openings in chess history! May god praise these openings!   Number 10. The Ruy Lopez. Perhaps the greatest most complex openings out there. I respect this opening as it was pr... | Read More

    • One of My Best Openings

      Hey all! This was a game I recently finished. It's one of the best openings I have played, so I thought it would be a good game to practice my Game Editor aptitude. I appreciate all comments (especially on better possible moves throughout the gam... | Read More

      • Kuledood11
      • | Jan 7, 2014

  • Siclian

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • King's Indian Defense

    • 333 Reads
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    King's Indian Defense belongs to the Indian Defense family of openings and is characterised by the early fianchetoeing of the black dark-squared bishop on g7. It is a sharp opening and it has always been a very popular choice for black ever ... 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 »