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  • Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2

    In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends concerning the length of time they prepared/analyzed/pondered ... | Read More

  • The 10 Best Chess Cities in the World

    The game of chess has a storied history dating back to about 600 AD, with many momentous events in those 1500 years.  About half a billion people today play chess worldwide, and the game has been adopted by cultures in every continent ... | Read More

  • The Pawn Poke

    Be it annoying, mildly painful, or downright inappropriate, the pawn poke is a key theme in understanding pawn structures and color complexes. Once mastered, your opponents will feel like they are locked in a room with a deranged 5 year old wavin... | Read More

  • The Difficult Opponent

    The Kryptonite Effect Many fans of chess are confused when one player in the world’s top 10 totally dominates another top 10 player in game after game. How does one explain this? In boxing they say “styles make fights.&rdquo... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Euwe vs. Alekhine

    After taking the world championship title from Jose Raul Capablanca in their 1927 match (covered last week), Alexander Alekhine defended his title twice against Efim Bogoljubow: in 1929 and again in 1934. Like Emanuel Lasker, Alekhine has also b... | Read More

    • Exclusive Training With Yasser Seirawan

      Yesterday Sunday the 17th, together with a few club colleagues, I was fortunate enough to attend an exclusive training session with world renowned Chess Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan.We visited Yasser in his house in Amsterdam which has been been hi... | Read More

      • Waldemar
      • | Aug 18, 2014
    • Capablanca (Film)

      Un tiempo para despejarnos del curso. Film cubano-soviético de hora y media de duración sobre Capablanca. A disfrutarlo :) | Read More

    • K's opposition

      K's opposition = K+P vs K = K in front P wins ELSE draw Mind Training approach = VISualize opposition since beginning!! X-ray ENDing since opening! X-ray ENDing during middle GAMe in critical positions! Scan P structure TarGeTing K's entry poi... | Read More

    • The Tournament of Champions - Round 2

      Welcome to round 2 of The Tournament of Champions. Round 1 saw some real surprises and two wins. One by CM Anand and the other by CM Kasparov. Will they win in round 2, only time will tell? Let’s have a look at the first game of round 2. CM ... | Read More

      • herbie53
      • | Aug 6, 2014
    • Truputis apie šachmatus...Pliažiniai šachmatai...

      Chose Raulis Capablanca i Graupera nemėgo dirbti (o kas mėgsta ?  ).Kaip matote iš pavardės- jis buvo ispanas- tiksliau kubietis...Jau ketverių jis neblogai susigaudė šachmatų žaidime - yra tokia legenda- jis pataisė neteisingą ėjim... | Read More

      • mobidi
      • | Jul 26, 2014

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • Chajes, Oscar

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    Oscar Chajes was born in Brody, Galacia, Austria-Hungary (what is now Ukraine) on December 14, 1873.  In 1909 he was the winner of the U.S. Open in Excelsior, Minnesota.  He became secretary of the Isaac L. Rice Progressive Chess Club.  In 1... Read More »

  • Hodges, Albert Beauregard

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    • | 10 Reads

    Albert Hodges (1861-1944) was a former U.S. Champion.  His first job was a hidden operator of Ajeeb, the chess automaton, at the Eden Musee in New York..  He played chess and checkers.  He won the US championship in 1894 after defeating Jackson... Read More »

  • 1936 in chess

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    In January 1936, the All-Russian Trade Union Tournament finished after six months of steady play.  The event had 700,000 participants.  Georgy Lizitzin and Vitaly Checkover tied for 1st place. On January 4, 1936, the 16th Annual Hastings Christ... Read More »

  • Queen's Gambit

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    • | 164 Reads

    The Queen's Gambit is the starting position of many respectable chess opening such as the Queen's Gambit Accepted, the Queen's Gambit Declined and the Slav Defence. Black in most cases prefers not to capture the pawn as he cannot keep it without ... Read More »