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  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More

  • What’s The Best Place To Play Chess?

    There are a lot of options for the best place to play chess. Perhaps it’s in a large tournament, or even the world championship match, with millions of dollars on the line, and your opponent just blundered.  Maybe it’s ju... | Read More

  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • The Mysterious Chess Doctor

    There are many famous personalities in the history of chess. People talk about them, write books about them and follow their games. But there is an even bigger number of unknown chess players who never achieved any great tournament results or disc... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More


    • Whats on my bookshelf

      There is a forum topic with the title "What is on your bookshelf". So i`ll answer it here (from the left to the right): "Fundamental chess openings" by Paul van der Sterren The german edition of "Chess openings for kids" by John Watson and Gra... | Read More

    • Not All Chess is Equal: Computer Influence and Historical Development of Two Chess Formats

      Not all chess is equal, nor does time treat it as such. Correspondence chess and over-the-board (OTB) chess, while similar to each other in some respects, are dissimilar in many other respects. For example, the time limit is a more pressing consid... | Read More

    • Learning Openings Thoroughly With Lucas Chess

      Studying openings is, for some reason, a very controversial subject online these days.  I feel strongly that learning a solid, consistent opening repertoire is part of becoming a strong chess player.  Some will tell you to ignore openings until ... | Read More

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    • US Chess Championship Commentary Team Playing

      While watching the live commentary from the commentary team of Shahade, Seirawan, Schaefer and Ashley (he might still do something about his surname, to make it a 4S team :-)), it occurred to me it would be interesting to find out how the members ... | Read More

    • URL for Open Encyclopedia of Chess Openings (OECO)

      The Open Encyclopedia of Chess Openings (OECO) wiki can be found at: http://oeco.hopto.org/mediawiki/index.php The OECO wiki is an online repository for computer (and human) chess analysis. Each OECO page represents a unique chess position along ... | Read More



  • Modern Benoni

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    The Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns... Read More »

  • East Indian Defence

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    The East Indian Defence is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. Nf3 g6[1] This opening has a close kinship to the more-common King's Indian Defence and is often considered a variant thereof. The difference is that Whi... Read More »

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »

  • Desprez Opening

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    The Desprez Opening is a chess opening characterized by the opening move: 1. h4The opening is named after the French player Marcel Desprez. Like a number of other rare openings, 1.h4 has some alternate names such as"Kadas Opening", "Anti... Read More »