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    • The Grass Arena

      I've always thought there was danger with chess that we can think it as too pure a game. That it isn’t a human enterprise but one that only takes place on 64 squares. The Grass Arena convinced me I had this view completely backwards. It is the... | Read More

      • cavedave
      • | Nov 20, 2014
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    • The Short Not So Happy Loss of Jdcannon

      Welcome to another set of JD's losses. For those just joining us please check out my first post at: http://www.chess.com/blog/jdcannon/testing where you will hear all about my failures as a chess player as well as my personal challenge.  A sligh... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Nov 15, 2014
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      • | 1 comment
    • Oh, the Ego

      It is amazing how much a relationship across a chessboard can mean. Many of the greatest chess geniuses--Lasker, Polgar, to name a few--rely heavily on the idea of chess as a psychological struggle; that there is more to the game than how the piec... | Read More

    • Books from My Past, Part 4

      In this fourth and final installment of the "Books from My Past" series I'll review the final two books that I read before starting the serious chess study in 2013 that I have been journaling about in this blog. My 20 year chess career can be s... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Oct 19, 2014
      • | 356 views
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    • Chess.com University Prodigy Program "Master Chess at Any Age, Within 5 Years!"

      I am extremely happy to announce that my online chess coaching website NextLevelChessCoaching.com has recently partnered with Chess.com University! We will be assisting them in order to improve the quality of online chess instruction. We are als... | 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 »