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  • Mastering Squares, Part 1

    When I have lessons with students, we usually go over their games. Invariably, the student comes to me thinking that the errors in the game are based on blunders, missed tactics, a bad opening, or some form of positional atrocity. Of course, thes... | Read More

  • 7 Dumb Chess Ideas To Avoid This Year

    We've kicked off a new year, but beginning chess players still play the same unsound chess ideas that have been tried by inexperienced players for decades. Unless their opponents are similarly new to the game, players relying on these unsophisti... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Of 2014

    As 2014 draws to a close, it’s a natural time to look back at the best chess of the year. The past year was a good one for fans of the world’s most popular board game. There was an exciting world championship match, several amaz... | Read More

  • How To Play Like A Super Grandmaster

    The last couple of months were a real paradise for true chess aficionados. The world's top events (including the world championship!) followed one after another. Today, I offer you an opportunity to test your chess skills and find the star moves... | Read More

  • The Amazing Chess Illusion

    Most people are fascinated by optical illusions. Indeed it is a very strange feeling that what you see with your own eyes is not exactly what it is. This reminds me of the punchline to the old joke that I already mentioned in this article: "who ... | Read More

    • Game Review

          [Event "Live Chess"][Site ""][Date "2015.01.23"][White "ST_ONE"][Black "drexy"][ECO "C57"][ChesscomGameID "1038344205"][Annotator " Computer Analysis"][Result "0-1"][WhiteElo "880"][BlackElo "957"][TimeControl "10|0"][Te... | Read More

      • ST_ONE
      • | Jan 24, 2015
    • K. Popkin - N. Bellon 0-1, pawn levers

      In this game, I opened with the Fort Knox variation of the French (an early...Bc6) and played very accurately throughout, including two excellent pawn levers.  My opponent blundered a rook in the late middlegame, though I still had the better pos... | Read More


      Personally, I feel like Standard chess is the most difficult mode of chess because your opponent can actually think about the moves that they make, and you can't really use time as a last minute resort. Soooo here's the tips 1) DO NOT RUSH MOVES!... | Read More

    • DAILY REVIEW OF WIJK AAN ZEE 2015. Round 11 - The Great Wall of China

      Women's World Champion in 11th round won her first victory in the tournament! Photo © | Today we do not change the tradition to congratulate the participants with first full point, but as an exception will start ... | Read More

    • Force your tactics to work!

      I was playing a game recently, and the game quickly entered an incredibly sharp sideline of the Benoni.  "The hardest thing in chess is to win a won game." ~ Frank Marshall  The tactics, if anything, seemed to favor me so I spent about a qu... | Read More

      • sam_reimer
      • | Jan 23, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Petroff's Defence

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    Petroff's Defence (or the Russian Game) arises after: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6    There is an interesting trap where white may blunder his Queen away early in the game after: 3. Nxe5 Qe7 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3?? Leads to Nxc3+, and black will win ... Read More »

  • Qualities of moves

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    As you can see moves are indicated if good or bad through symbols: These are the symbols: !!- brilliant move !- good move !?- interesting move  ?!- dubious move ?-bad move ??-blunder Many people make blunders like the castling blunder lik... Read More »

  • Impossible!

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    This "Impossible" Checkmate contradicts what many, many chess books say: "You can only checkmate with two knights if you are in the corner and your opponent blunders." It is possible.     You can do it on the side of the board; however, yo... Read More »

  • Gunsberg, Isidor Arthur

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    In 1890-1891, Isidor Arthur Gunsberg (1854-1930) played Steinitz for the world’s championship and lost after 4 wins, 9 draws, and 6 losses.  Gunsberg began his chess career as the player inside the chess automaton Mephisto.  H... Read More »