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  • Fire on the Boards in Tromso

    Hi guys, From August 1st through the 14th - the Chess Olympiad will be going on in Tromso, Norway So far, almost two rounds are completed, and there have been some blunders, time trouble, and some amazing tactical games Blunders If playing the... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation

    Serious opening preparation is a must for all chess professionals. At times, the preparation is mundane: NORMAL OPENING PREPARATION  1) You decide to play a new opening that had attracted you for years, or you saw something new and exc... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 3b

    In our first look at this pawn structure in Part 3a we explored the piece setups, dynamics, and general plans of the Burn Variation of the French Defense. Though doubling one’s kingside pawns early in the game may look idiotic, the resulting str... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 2

    A VERY BASIC BENKO This continues the Classic Pawn Structure series as seen in Classic Pawn Structure, Part 1a and Part 1b. In general, chess professionals know the ins and outs of every structure, non-titled experienced/strong pl... | Read More

  • The Velimirovic's Guide to the Modern Benoni

    In last week's article we discussed the chess heritage of GM Dragoljub Velimirovic. You probably noticed that all the games used for the article shared the same opening - the Sicilian Defense. This is, of course, not a coincidence s... | Read More

    • Openings vs. Opening Systems

      Openings vs. Opening Systems By Dan Heisman for ChessCafe.com (Edited for just the King’s Indian information)   Quote of the Month: Just play these moves at the start of a game no matter what your opponent plays.   Let's tackle a relev... | Read More

    • lebesgue72 vs. giant1137: Sicilian dragon: 8/14/14

      Hi! This is a game I played today. It's a a sicilian dragon, with something similar to a yugoslav attack. I had never seen the Be3 move for white, developing the dark-squared bishop. I went ahead with kingside castles, and a a6,b5 pawn thing, to g... | Read More

      • lebesgue72
      • | Aug 14, 2014
    • Bobby Fischer's one true friend... if only both had learnt that Love means never having to say "

      Fischer's one true friend, if only both had learnt that love means never having to say "I'm sorry" and then said it... Larry Evans was five times US chess champion, won individual and team gold medals at the biennial chess Olympiads, authored ... | Read More

      • Henryongmy
      • | Aug 9, 2014
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    • The beginning of my blog

      The chess is a game that has the quality to captivate for all life, in my case although I have several years away from the board I could never fully detach of chess, that is why today I decided to start writing this blog to share my past experienc... | Read More

      • JGLez
      • | Aug 8, 2014
    • Opening Traps

      Legal's Mate Similar trap in Petroff Petroff Trap Queen's Gambit Accepted Queen's Gambit Rejected Kings Gambit Sicilian Defence: Dragon variation | Read More

      • Hiteshiitk
      • | Aug 8, 2014

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • A00 to E99

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    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

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    The Dragon Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of variations. Black plays 5...g6 with the purpose of fianchettoeing his bishop with ...Bg7. The preparatory move 2...d6 makes sure that the bishop will have an open long diagonal on g7... Read More »

  • Dus-Chotimirsky, Fedor

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    Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirksy (1879-1965) was a Russian International Master (1950).  In 1909 he defeated the eventual winners Emanuel Lasker and Akiba Rubinstein at St. Petersburg, but took 13th place.  He claimed he was Alekhine&rsq... Read More »