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  • Classic Combinations: Historic Attacks

    This new series is all about attacking chess, combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny bit... | Read More

  • Mastering Opposite-Colored Bishops

    As beginners, we are taught a litany of strategic precepts that inform our thought process and shape our general understanding. "Occupy the center," "knights before bishops," "the rook's place is behind the passed pawn" — all of thes... | Read More

  • More Ways To Battle The Caro-Kann

    Last week, we discussed the first few options to fight against Black's Caro-Kann.  Now let's take a look at some of the most important ways White can respond to this opening. The Advance Variation: The line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 has... | Read More

  • Play Chess Online With Your Pets

    April Fools! Are you tired of the same old game of fetch? Running low on filthy, chewed-up tennis balls? Wouldn’t it be nice to play something a bit more intellectually challenging with your pets? Thanks to groundbreaking new technolog... | 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 Knight that Ruled the World - A Nimzo Move by Move

      My opponent opened with d4. I smiled to myself nervously. I’d been studying the Nimzo Indian and the Queen’s Indian. I can’t memorize for anything, so I’ve been reviewing the ideas behind many lines. Sometimes it is overwhelming. Why is a ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
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    • An incredible sacrifice

      I was watching a 90|30 game in Live Chess today, and a position was reached which seemed to be equal - perhaps with a slight advantage for White. However, I had the idea for a very speculative sacrifice. I felt that it would work, but there were s... | Read More

      • WhiteCode
      • | Apr 25, 2015
    • My First Encounter With the Dutch

      This is my first pass at analysis of this game.  I will do some studying of the Dutch after this, and probably put the game through some computer analysis.  It's a Live Chess game at 45|45 time control.  As always, any thoughts and/or advice ... | Read More

      • chester6
      • | Apr 23, 2015
    • Me vs. Dumb computer - using my dad's opening to win

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    • Download Komodo 8 Chess Software For 64Bit

      This Is Only For 64Bit Wait For 32Bit Which Will Come Soon…. About Komodo 8  Komodo is a chess program that is different from the rest. Its search makes greater use of extensions than any other top engine, which allows Komodo to often see deep... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Mieses Opening

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    The Mieses Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. d3The opening is named after the German-British grandmaster Jacques Mieses. It is considered an irregular opening, so it is classified under the A00 code in the Encyclop... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Joshua Waitzkin

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    Joshua Waitzkin (born December 4, 1976) is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. He is the only person to have won th... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »