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  • Riding The Winds Of Fashion, Part 3

    Warning! This is a fairly advanced article. I try to write for players of all ratings, so sometimes I explore basic stuff, and other times I bow to the 1800-and-above crowd. Though the opening in question is too advanced for beginners, I hope that... | 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

  • Formation Attacks Book (June 2010)

    Formation Attacks The Ultimate Chess Attack Book has finally arrived!  As a Chess Master that has spent many years playing aggressive and attacking chess, I was quite dismayed during a past visit to my local booksto... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 2, 2014

    Bobby Fischer played 1st board for the US in four chess Olympiads, the final one being Siegen in 1970. In 1972, after beating Spassky, the first major event he skipped (and never played again!) was that summer's Olympiad in Skopje. Fischer also p... | Read More

  • Sicilian Endgames: The Exchange Down

    I will begin a series of article on various endgames arising from the Open Sicilian. The endgames share certain characteristic features - especially the trade of White's d-pawn for Black's c-pawn, giving Black two center pawns against one. Black h... | Read More

    • Preparations of an amateur IV: The National Championship

      In seven days, the most important tournament of the year takes place in Trondheim, Norway. It's the national championship, with nine rounds of chess to be played over eight days.  This blog is a way for me to collect my thoughts and preparations... | Read More

    • How to attack the Kingside Fianchetto

      Presenation of various attacking ideas on how to attack the Kingside Fianchetto, inspired by GM Serpers chess blog. | Read More

    • 3 Types of Opening Names

      There are 3 types of Opening Names: 1. Human Names: The openings that are named after the person/people who created the opening/make the opening famous Ex. Ruy Lopez, Najdorf, Petrov, etc.   2. Region Names: The openings that are named afte... | Read More

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      • | Jun 20, 2014
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Symmetrical Variation

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< After 1. b4 Black can answer symmetrically with 1... b5 blocking White's b-pawn and preparing to fianchetto his light-squared bishop.  The Symmetrical Variatio... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | Jun 19, 2014
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    • Games of an amateur: How to lose in five moves

      How can it be that everything looks rosy after 11 moves, and is then in tatters after move 16? A lesson in passivity - and being your own worst enemy. This is a game played at Oslo Schackselskap's tournament Knut Bøckmans Pinsecup this June. I p... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Smith-Morra Gambit

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      The Smith-Morra Gambit (or simply Morra Gambit) is a gambit against the Sicilian Defence distinguished by the moves 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3. It is not common in grandmaster games, but at club level chess it can be an excellent weapo... Read More »

  • Anderssen's Opening

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    Anderssen's Opening is a defined by the opening move 1. a3.It is named after unofficial World Chess Champion Adolf Anderssen, who played it three times in his 1858 match against Paul Morphy. While Anderssen was defeated decisively, the g... Read More »

  • Fianchetto

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    A fianchetto is when a bishop sits on the longest diagonal, usually behind the moved knight's pawn.                              Here is another type called extended fianchetto.                   ... Read More »