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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

  • "100 Soviet Chess Miniatures" by P.H. Clarke

    This week I will be covering a very interesting old book called 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures. The games were selected and annotated by P.H. Clarke. This book is particularly unique because the games are entirely by unknown players, and the games ar... | Read More

  • Chess in Alaska

    A funny thing happened on the way back to Serbia this year. I flew in to Budapest because tickets there were cheaper than to Belgrade. After spending a night there, I got on the train south and east to Novi Sad. I went into a cabin which had two o... | Read More

  • Knowing When to Pull the Trigger

    David Wagle writes- “This year I returned to the game (after a 10 year hiatus) and competition I love, with the hope of at least not embarrassing myself. And while I’ve played a few games where I did just that, this isn&rsquo... | Read More

  • The “Wide Battle” in Attack and Defense

    In today’s article I am going to discuss a specific structure which gives a type of position with a complex interplay of attack and defense on opposite sides of the board. This type of structure does not have a specific name, although I am s... | Read More


    • Winning with the Pseudo-Alapin (or Why Is It Good to Go Out of Book Early)

      This game is an example of how playing a suboptimal line can be useful if you get your opponent out of the positions he's comfortable with. After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 with White I decided to avoid the most-studied Sicilian lines, but I also gave Blac... | Read More

      • GIex
      • | Oct 18, 2014
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    • How to open a closed Sicilian.

      Hello everyone! Today i finished another interesting game i had this days and i want to share it with you. My favorite defence against e4 is the Sicilian and as a Sicilian player i like this semi closed approach of game trying to control center fr... | Read More

      • Stavros_34
      • | Oct 12, 2014
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      • | 3 comments
    • ChessIQ October G60

      Yesterday I played a casual Quad tournament at ChessIQ up in Skokie. Unlike the last quad I played in, I was in a quad with people at my rating (actually, everyone was higher rated than me), and all of them were old enough to play with some maturi... | Read More

      • Pligrim
      • | Oct 5, 2014
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    • Strange French

      This was a very unusual French Defense game. It quickly transposed into a variation of the closed Sicilian. I'm not very familiar with the Sicilian so I wond up leaning heavily on opening databases (it was days per turn aka correspondense chess, s... | Read More

      • LearnHard
      • | Sep 27, 2014
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      • | 2 comments
    • Carlsen´s games in Tromsø Chess Olympiad

      Chess Olympiads have never been Carlsen´s favourite tournaments. In the Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012 he played well, scored 4 wins and 4 draws for Norway. In khanty Mansysk 2010 he lost 3(!!) games and 15.3 elo points. That said, this year his... | Read More




  • Siclian

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    In this Chessopedia Article we will be talking first about the simplest Sicilian Defence, so here's the lines:  You can even get more advanced on this. Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • Fred defense

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    Hello. I'm caveatcanis and this message was written by AwesomeXue. There was some sort of message error though.  You'll see this message has zero views but several comments which is pretty hard to do.  Maybe some psychics left messages with th... Read More »

  • Sicilian Najdorf

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    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

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      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 »