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  • Ask a Chess Openings Expert!

    Dear Ask-a-Chess-Openings-Expert, My husband and I were planning on taking a trip next month to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary, but my mother refuses to watch the kids ever since Timmy put her cat in the refrigerator.  Bill, my husban... | Read More

  • Carl Friedrich Andreyevich von Jaenisch

         Tschigorin had written in 1880:  "In the chess world there are not a lot of names with such a wide and well-deserved reputation as the that of our compatriot Carl A. Jaenisch."  Carl von Jaenisch (1813-1872)      Jaenish, a rai... | Read More

  • DiamondBase PRO by Chess Informant

    Chess Informant has launched new chess openings database system called DiamondBase PRO, that should compete with popular database choices on the market. What is all about? We believe that Chess Informant database is first-rate chess database th... | Read More

  • The Queen of Chess

          Most people even remotely interested in 19th century chess know about Mrs. John W. Gilbert and her extremely long announced mates. What seems to be less appreciated today is the sheer strength of this lady chess player.  Part of the p... | Read More

  • Karklins vs. the Russian Game

    John Watson and I are finishing our new book Taming Wild Chess Openings, and I will be posting some of our analysis, starting with this offbeat way of handling the Russian Game with 4.Nd3!? This is not a scary line but it can catch Black by surpr... | Read More


    • Chess and Adages

      What chess openings can be related to adages?  | Read More

      • Garymossu
      • | Apr 10, 2014
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    • Completely new Opening?

      Do you ever wonder if all openings are already studied in depth? Do you think that chess openings that are never considered good will be in a new generation of chess become good solid openings? We do not see many Philidors openings, Alekhines def... | Read More

      • Sanga
      • | Apr 1, 2014
      • | 137 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Chess Resources

      Chess Resources: It seems that I am not able to publish the links to these places/resources (which is annoying).  I apologize!!  But you can google based on what I've provided to find and use them! Engines/Programs: stockfish [engine/ de... | Read More

    • Chess.com University Announces Chess 024: Opening Repertoire for 1500-1800 ELO Players Part 1, Black

      Dear Chess.com Members, Now that Chess.com University's 1200-1500 level Chess 012, Chess 013, and Chess 014 courses have been taught live and are now available in independent study format, it is time for Chess.com University ot teach a course aim... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Mar 19, 2014
      • | 1911 views
      • | 4 comments
    • best chess opening

      The great king of all openings, The STONEWALL ATTACK!!! BUM BUM BUM BUM  BUM!!! This is my favorite opening of all time. This opening is truly the king of the chess openings. Its like a lion in chess. openings. 1. d4d52. e3e63. Bd3Nf64. f4... | Read More

      • andlyarsha
      • | Mar 15, 2014
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  • King's Indian Defense

    • 333 Reads
    • | 333 Reads

    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 »

  • Robatsch Defence

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    In the Robatsch Defense, named after Karl Robatsch, also known as the Modern Defense, Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns on d4 and e4. Black's hope is to attack and undermine White's "ideal" position without directly attempting to... Read More »

  • King's Gambit

    • 635 Reads
    • | 635 Reads

    The King's Gambit is a chess opening characterised by very lively and aggresive play which is the case for most gambits. It has been very popular in the 19th century, the era of romatic chess, where attacking chess was at his peak. Nowdays it is ... Read More »

  • Sicilian Najdorf

    • 208 Reads
    • | 208 Reads

    The Najdorf Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of openings and is the sharpest and most analysed opening of chess. Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence

    • 305 Reads
    • | 305 Reads

      The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that follows. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking cont... Read More »