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  • Chess.com University's College-like Chess Courses

    Chess.com University's courses offer a college-like chess learning experience. Unlike in Chess.com University seminars, only 10% to 15% of instruction in courses is delivered live. Previously taught courses are available in the independent-study f... | Read More

  • 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


    • Two Puzzles from the Russian Junior Championships

      Perusing the games of the recent Russian Junior Championships (congratulations to Ivan Bukavshin and Alina Bivol!), I came across the following two examples of interesting tactics. Can you solve both puzzles? The first is perhaps more difficult t... | Read More

    • Sicilian Defense Against the Closed Sicilian

      Hello Chess Fans, Today we will continue with the Sicilian Defense Series Against The Anti-Sicilian Variations.  In previous articles we covered The Sicilian Defense Against The Wing Gambit, The Portsmouth Gambit, The Smith-Morra Gamit and the... | Read More

    • Sicilian Defense Against The Smith-Morra Gambit & The Alapin

      Hello Chess Fans, The previous article on The Sicilian Defense Against the Smith-Morra Gambit focused on the Evan's Defense.  Today's article presents  another variation that involves a Morra Gambit Declined with a Kingside Fianchetto. It'... | Read More

    • Monroeville April

      It's actually called April Showers. Lo and behold, it was snowing this morning in Pittsburgh. Never mind that it's almost May.   The rating distribution in the 14-player Open section was incredibly strange, led by three experts and myself, with... | Read More

    • ACC April 2015

      Since CMU is in the midst of a four-day break, I thought it a good time to visit the Akron Chess Club's monthly tournament. Amusingly, the 18-player Open section (which included 4 masters and the rest split between experts/class A players) was con... | 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 »

  • Dunst Opening

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    The Dunst Opening is a chess opening where White opens with the move: 1. Nc3This fairly uncommon opening may have more names than any other: it is also called the Heinrichsen Opening, Baltic Opening, van Geet's Opening, Sleipnir Opening,... Read More »

  • Sicillian Defense, Flohr Variation

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    The Flohr Variation of the Sicilian Defence arises after the moves  Read More »

  • London System

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    The London system is a complex chess system in which white develops his bishop on f4 early on, and subsequently develops a closed game pawn structure that would usually limit the Queen's bishop. It is preferable to develop the Queen's Bishop ear... 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 followed. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking contro... Read More »