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  • What's Your Chess Personality?

    There are 64 squares on a chessboard, and many more ways to play the game. We all know the styles of the great world champions: Fischer's relentless accuracy, Petrosian's impregnable defense, Karpov's clean and positional chess, Kasparov's sheer... | Read More

  • Professor of Chess

    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1819)      Jacob Henry Sarratt, born in 1772, worked primarily as schoolmaster but was much better known for his avocations which, of course, included chess.      After Philidor's death, Verdoni (along with Leg... | Read More

  • The Chess Heritage Of Emory Tate

    This is the last installment of my tribute to IM Emory Tate. The first two parts can be found here and here. There are definitely people out there who knew Emory much better than me, so they could disagree, but I always had an impression that hi... | Read More

  • Veselin Topalov And The Najdorf Sicilian

    San Luis, Argentina, 2005: A double-round-robin tournament was held to determine the FIDE world champion. In those days the world championship was still split after Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short left FIDE for their 1993 match. The chess world l... | Read More

  • Memphis Belle

      Miss Rosa Jefferson    The champion women chess player of the world Rosa B. Jefferson    Although she was a significant historical figure in American chess, Rosa Bradford Jefferson has remained largely unknown. Miss Jefferson edited ... | Read More

    • SGFI National 2014

      In 2014 I played my first and last School games National level tournament.I played three games against low rated players and i lost in two games .That time my elo level was about 1300 . I was not know chess openings and how to calculate etc. So it... | Read More

      • Ncxd5_2
      • | Nov 25, 2015
    • Chess Tactic: Pot of Greed

      The main idea of this tactic "Pot of Greed" is to control the center and uses the pawn as its own advantage, the distinguishable characteristic of this tactic is the aggresiveness to attack & shows a strong defense at the middle and end gam... | Read More

    • Rook Endgames

                                                                                                          Rook Endgames-  Many players in chess thinks that rook endgames are very hard to understand .I... | Read More

      • Ncxd5_2
      • | Nov 21, 2015
    • Slav Defense: Black's e6!? in the Nc3-e3 Setup

      In the continuation of my Slav Defense series, I wanted to talk about white's Nc3-e3 setup. We will look at the move e6!?, which, although it is the main move, is going to fall out of popularity. Bf5! is rapidly becoming more popular. Yes, it i... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Nov 19, 2015
    • Sleepy head defense :)

      First game today, just awake. It has a few serious mistakes, but I was pleased how I found some unexpected looking defensive moves. Here's the complete Stockfish analysis : | Read More

      • achja
      • | Nov 18, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

    • 333 Reads
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    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 »

  • Sicilian Defence

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    • | 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 followed.Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking cont... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

    • 1561 Reads
    • | 1561 Reads

    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • Dutch Defense

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    The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 ... Read More »