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  • 5 Great Chess Books For Beginners

    Like it or not, holiday gift-shopping season is now upon us, at least according to the ubiquitous calendar of commerce.  Instead of being trampled by unruly deal-seekers at big box retail stores, you can shop online and still get somet... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, November 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Gelfand the Great There was one top GM who played the Baku Grand Prix, the Tashkent Grand Prix ánd the Petrosian Memorial (Novemb... | Read More

  • How Do I Get That 1800 Into A Fried Liver?

    "Is the Fried Liver Attack good to play against players rated 1800-2000?" This was one of the questions in this month's Chess.com TV show "Q&A with Coach Heisman. My answer: "Well, yes, but that's not the problem (and I get a similar question... | Read More

  • Coaches Get Off Couches For Death Match 28

    Two of the world's most accomplished chess coaches will put down their red pens and fire up their laptops for Death Match 28. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, coach of this year's U.S. Women's Champion and U.S. Championship finalist, and GM Simen Agdeste... | Read More

  • Review: The Secret Life of Bad Bishops

    A former team member of mine has a favourite phrase which he likes to sing during blitz sessions with a big grin on his face: "gute Läufer, schlechte Läufer!" Referring to the legendary German grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann's similarly titled 1980... | Read More

    • December recap & New Year wishes!

      Hi guys!   I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and right now I would like to wish you all the best for the new year 2015!   Last month has been pretty hectic with a lot of trainings through the week and league matches in the weekends. B... | Read More

      • RobertRis
      • | Dec 27, 2014
    • Openings and Thematic Ideas for Black

      [WORK IN PROGRESS] CARO-KANN 1. e4 c6 d4 d5 Nature: Solid and positional. Key Ideas: Strike at e5. Surrender center for development. Complexity: Varies. Established Theory: Considerable but with many variations. FRENCH DEFENCE 1. e4 e6 2.... | Read More

      • jakeweeks
      • | Dec 25, 2014
    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 12.23.2014 - day 13

      Azeri Grandmaster Teimour Radjabov beat russian top player Alaxander Morozevich in 2008 in the World Blitz Championship. White to move and checkmates in 1: Today's next puzzle was from the game between Teimour Radjabov and World Champion Magnu... | Read More

    • An opening trap in the Dutch

      Hello all. I want to write about an opening trap in the Dutch Defence. Goodbye. | Read More

    • Queen's Gambit Declined Line - The Dutch Gambit

      A diagram of the Dutch Gambit (also known as the Dutch-Peruvian Gambit) for black. The Dutch Gambit is a response to the Queen's Gambit which results in a Queen's Gambit Declined line. | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Abonyi, Istvan

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    Istvan Abonyi (1886-1942) was a Hungarian master.  He was born and died in Budapest.  In 1912, he played the Abonyi Gambit (1.Nf3 d5 2.e4) for the first time. In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit (1.a3 Nf6 2.b3 e5) against  the Dutch surge... Read More »

  • Aagaard, Jacob

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    Jacob Aagaard Madsen, born July 31, 1973, is a Grandmaster (2005) originally from Denmark, but now living in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is usually referred to simply as Jacob Aagaard. He finished 2nd in the 111th Scottish Championship in 2004.  He... 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 »

  • Jan Timman

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    Jan Timman is a Dutch GM. He was born in Amsterdam, December 14 1951. His peak rating was in the 2600s. He is currently rated 2571. He used a wide variety of openings and popularized a large opening repitorire. He has played in 13 chess olympiads ... 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 »