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  • 5 Openings To Learn In 2015

    A new calendar year, for many people, means a chance for a new beginning. January is a month to consider new possibilities, to improve yourself, and to make a fresh plan for the upcoming year. In many ways, a new year is like a chessboard in t... | Read More

  • The Modern Defense: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.  Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More

  • 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

    • An aggressive, prophylactic English, all in one? Of course.

      I essentially make two arguments based on this game: (1) for the English opening as white and (2) for the power of prophylaxis (you never know where it's lurking; perhaps you should keep an eye out for it as you would, say, a capture-check?). Ra... | Read More

      • eltenedor
      • | Jan 28, 2015
    • University vs. Dragons

      New ECF grades out today - up 6 points to 163 (~1920 FIDE)! Not bad for 4 games. Managed to celebrate it with a win for Lancaster Uni in our league match against Dragons. Blanking Dragons 4-0 should put us top of the league! | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jan 26, 2015
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    • ChessIQ January Quad

      For my last tournament in Chicago, I took part in the ChessIQ G60|30 Quads. I played really well* and was for the most part very happy with my games, a nice bit of redemption after my poor performance at the Winter Open. The postings haven't gone ... | Read More

      • Pligrim
      • | Jan 26, 2015
    • Ideas/Strategies in the Sicilian?

      I'm always hearing about an exchange sacrafice white is supposed to make on c3 (exclusively in dragon variations??), but no comprendo. Any good games y'all know of to demonstrate the point? Also how would you characterize the basic stratgies each... | Read More

    • Best Openings

      I know there are a lot of devastating openings out there but discuss and share your favorite openings. I personally play very aggresively and like the stonewall or the dragon variation of the sicilian defense. | Read More

      • SnowMan38
      • | Jan 24, 2015
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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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    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 »