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  • The Touch Move Rule

    The touch move rule is the most basic rule of tournament chess.  Even people who don't play chess at all know that when a chess player intentionally touches one of his pieces, he must make a move with this piece (of course if such a legal mov... | Read More

  • The Double Bishop Sacrifice

    A few months after I started playing, my coach showed me an ultra-famous game. I recall grinning from ear to ear, thinking that nothing quite so beautiful would ever see the light of day again. Although Lasker's double-bishop sacrifice is sicken... | Read More

  • How To Play A Counterblow

    The ability to recover after a tactical oversight is a difficult skill to master. Indeed, the temptation to panic after blundering an ostensibly crushing sacrifice or combination is overwhelming. It is the mark of a strong, experienced player to r... | Read More

  • 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

    • Two miniatures

         Two interesting miniature games exploring tactics from blunders opponent.         | Read More

      • jefersonba
      • | Mar 24, 2015
    • Thoughts on the March Magnus.

        This was a fun day.   There were four sections, U-1000, U-1400, U-1800, and Open.  I had originally planned to play U-1000,  but checking over the registration material saw that it was set up for scholastic players - shorter time control, a... | Read More

      • AnnaEA
      • | Mar 22, 2015
    • Rapid ... Too Rapid

      Or how not to checkmate in 1 move. This terrible oversight in Round 1 Rapid 2 (after no less blunderous moves of Qe1 and Ka7 by Black) seems to have dealt the Lithuanian player a psychological blow she couldn't recover from, and although she had... | Read More

    • game today with a friend at club

      I played black against Jim Lewis, a retired professor from WCU.  We are fairly evenly-matched.  Still made a blunder or two especially on move 26.   | Read More

      • MattHoyle
      • | Mar 19, 2015
    • 3.5/5.0 at the Delaware Open 2015

      Hey guys, this is my first big Open tournament and overall I did pretty well with the exception of the 4th round. I got pretty lucky in Round 2 but lost my luck when I think I should have won a game in round 3 and played poorly without concentrati... | Read More

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 »