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  • A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend!

    Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master. A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More

  • 6 Ways To Beat Magnus Carlsen

    This Sunday (Dec. 14), "10 fortunate Chess.com members will earn the right to challenge World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen in an online simultaneous exhibition," according to FM Mike Klein's press release. But I wouldn't call them "fortu... | Read More

  • 5 Great Chess Books For Beginners

    Like it or not, holiday gift-shopping season is now upon us, at least according to the ubiquitous calendar of commerce.  Instead of being trampled by unruly deal-seekers at big box retail stores, you can shop online and still get somet... | Read More

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 8

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 years of age... | Read More

  • Book review: 1.e4 vs The French, Caro-Kann & Philidor by GM Parimarjan Negi

    I’m a hard man to please, and no more so than when it comes to chess books. I expect honesty, I expect diligence, I expect innovation, and, perhaps most difficult of all, I expect my short attention span to be entertained at all times. It&rs... | Read More


    • 20 Year Anniversary

      In early August 1994 I walked into the Chicago Chess Club at 1149 W. Lunt Avenue in Chicago. The club resided on the first floor of an old greystone apartment building just a few hundred feet from Lake Michigan's shores, in a quiet neighborhood ... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Dec 21, 2014
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    • When Chess was Art

      GM Vladimir Simagin: A Chess Artist Every field of human endeavor has its heroes and legends. Some of them are praised a lot and gotten kind of cult status, like the World champions and the highest-tier members. But sadly, many other great minds h... | Read More

    • Automatic conversion of chess diagrams to FEN/PGN

      I read a lot of chess books on my Kindle and occasionally, I like to load positions from the board to a database like SCIDOnthego.  This app makes it painless and is amazingly accurate... I haven't had it miss a diagram from my Kindle books yet. ... | Read More

      • TheTexan
      • | Dec 8, 2014
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    • Gotta Get that Feedback!

      "How can I best improve my play?" "Does doing X help me improve?" "My goal is to be an expert. How can I best get there?" These are very typical of many questions I get on our monthly Chess.com TV show Q&A with Coach Heisman (the first Frid... | Read More

      • danheisman
      • | Dec 7, 2014
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    • Don’t Throw Away Your Invested Chess Capital!

      What Makes Chess Masters Masters Indeed, very little, in stark contrast with its supreme importance for playing good chess, can be found on the Center of Gravity concept in all chess literature (here are Part1 and Part2). It is not an easy conce... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • 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 »

  • Hazeltine, Miron James

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    Miron James Hazeltine (1824-1907) was a newspaper chess columnist (New York Clipper) for more than 50 years (from August 1856 to January 1907) who did not miss a single weekly issue until shortly before his death in February 1907.  He was born at... Read More »

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... 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 »

  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... Read More »