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  • Reaping The Whirlwind!

    When I was still playing in tournaments I answered 1.e4 with various Sicilian lines (Richter-Rauzer, Accelerated Dragon, Paulsen and Taimanov systems, etc.) and the Caro-Kann. I always loved the Caro-Kann, and at the end of my career it became m... | Read More

  • The Paulsen Sicilian: A History

    The Open Sicilian can be broken down into four basic systems. In one, the Dragon, the black bishop is fianchettoed on g7. In the Scheveningen, it is developed on e7 while Black adopts a "little center" of pawns on d6 and e6. In a third, t... | Read More

  • The King's Gambit: A History

    With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come. I now begin a new column co... | Read More

  • 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

  • The "Suicidal" Pawn Storm

    In the previous installment of this series, we discussed the situations where it is beneficial to break one of the cardinal rules of chess: do not push pawns in front of your king. As you could notice, in all the games that we analyzed last time... | Read More

    • 1600!

      This morning, a seven game winning streak took me over 1600 Elo in blitz for the first time on chess.com To celebrate, here are two slow games played at the DHLC where I blundered horribly, including playing Nd5 in the dragon as white (which is al... | Read More

      • Pligrim
      • | Dec 22, 2014
    • how to respond with e4

      what ll u do when someone plays e4  u can do  e5, c5,e6 today we ll go with  c5 that is sicillan v1 sicillan dragon move are  =   we ll see e5 in part 2   bye  | Read More

      • Krish_01
      • | Dec 20, 2014
    • Gambling on an exchange sacrifice

      My guess is most of those watching the London Chess Classic would focus on the 2700s-2800s heavyweights duking out in the Premier section. However, I also find the Gawain Jones vs  Edouard Romain 6-game match very interesting, and am rooting fo... | Read More

      • juniortay
      • | Dec 13, 2014
    • Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation, Yugoslav Attack Old Line

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    • Youth Coaching Strategies: Relating Chess to Everything & Basic Drills

      I've had success coaching my chess club (grades 1-7) by using some rather developed methods. The intention is two-fold; hold the student's attention and make the right presentation. At least in my club's age group they are not totally familiar w... | Read More

      • LaCiCaDa
      • | Dec 9, 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 followed. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking contro... 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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    • | 149 Reads

    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 »