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  • The Northern Gambit

    The Northern Gambit   The moves of the  Danish or Northern Gambit are 1. e4 e5  2. d4 exd4 3. c3 -   after which Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3 or decline it in a variety of ways. The Danish or Northern Gambit      As t... | Read More

  • Attacking 101: Volume #001 Book (October 2012)

    Attacking 101: Volume #001 The goal of the books in this series (Attacking 101: Volume #nnn) is to provide detailed analysis of my own attack games played against lower rated players. The players are all rated in the range of 1000 to 1800 - the t... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Sep 14, 2012

    "Never bring a queen out too soon" But what is too soon? What is too anything, for that matter? How does it help someone to tell them not to bring out their queen too soon? If it is bad, it's too soon, and if it's good it's not too soon!  Let's... | Read More

  • Openings for Tactical Players: Center Game.

    Last weeks we discussed the King's Gambit as an ideal opening if you want to beat your opponent in 20 moves or less.  Of course if your opponent defends very well and your blitzkrieg fails... well then you might question your decision to sac a pa... | Read More

  • Amateur Opening Preparation: The Evidence

    You may have seen opening analyses that cite statistical evidence regarding how well an opening fares. Those statistics are based overwhelming on games by players with ratings over 2200. What would we discover if we looked only at amateur games? H... | Read More


    • The Open Game, 1. e4 e5

      An introduction to the various openings stemming from 1. e4 e5 for both the white and black pieces, including the following openings: Portuguese Opening Lopez Opening Vienna Game Bishop's Opening Ponziani's Gambit Danish Gambit Ce... | Read More

    • GOOD OPENINGS AND BAD PENINGS FOR BOTH SIDES

      Chess Statistics: Top 10 Best Openings for White and Black     There are many games of chess being played each minute and even each second. There are players who play online blitz chess for fun and there are those who play standard 2 hour time... | Read More

      • MEV_d_LM
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    • Open Games: Center Game

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      • DAlbanesi
      • | Mar 24, 2015
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    • Chess Improver of the Week of March 2

      Greetings, fellow chess improvers. Each week, members of the Chess Improver group submit losses for analysis and I choose the most instructive submissions to feature as lessons at that level, as well as a showcase win by the submitter to show what... | Read More

      • jlconn
      • | Mar 10, 2015
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    • What is chess?

      "What is chess, do you think?" -- Ben Kingsley (as Bruce Pandolfini) in the movie "Searching For Bobby Fischer" Chess has continued to evolve, just as chess players continue to evolve. Some say it began in India as the game chataranga. Others say... | Read More

      • Rogue_Wolf
      • | Mar 1, 2015
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  • En passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may onl... Read More »

  • Greek Defence

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  • The Four Knights Opening

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    The Four Knights is one of the most popular openings in the world. It has been used millions of times by amateurs and grandmasters alike. The Four Knights opening is fairly simple, starting with 1. e4 e5, then bringing the four knights out onto th... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

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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 »

  • Giuoco Piano

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    First known chess opening, according to the Gottingen manuscript (1490).  The opening is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5, and was given its name by Lolli.  The opening name is derived from Italian, meaning quiet game, in contrast to gambit openings.... Read More »