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  • Exclusive Peek: Modernized: The Open Sicilian

      Modernized: The Open Sicilian by IM Zhanibek Amanov & FM Kostya Kavutskiy This book is the second in the Modernized series, as last year MetroChess released Modernized: The King's Indian Defense&nbs... | Read More

  • Do You Need To Study Junk Openings?

    Some chess players love to play offbeat openings. I knew one class-A player who was a die-hard devotee of the Vulture Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 Ne4?!). He was showing me a book (why do they kill trees to publish such books?) that explaine... | Read More

  • Living Chess

         Chess has had some difficulty throughout the years in presenting itself as a form of public entertainment. There has been some isolated cases where chess made good TV and even a few instances where chess was limelighted and managed to ca... | Read More

  • Louis Paulsen

                                               Louis Paulsen was a contemporary of Paul Morphy. His opinion of Morphy was noted in his obituary. In 1959 IM Hans Kmoch wrote his well-received book, "Pawn Power in... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jan 18, 2013

    Tonight's show was a lively one and I think one of the best. It's always fun when I get to do a little story-telling to enhance an answer. Moreover, the good questions from the audience led to an interesting show - when it was over I was quite sat... | Read More

    • Noughts? Connecticut vs Blitz

      Ok, so last week I was way, way off.  However, there is a good explanation, I simply let my homer-ism get the best of me.   I promise to do better, and give my true, unbiased opinion in the future (Fingers tightly crossed as I am typing… no e... | Read More

    • Defending Against the Scotch (all of them)

      Just like in my last blog ( ) these puzzles are just my personal preferences, so if you do not get the puzzle right, you could still ... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Aug 17, 2015
    • Halloween Gambit

      Grandmasters nor supercomputers would ever play the Halloween Gambit. And neither should you, if you’re facing them. Or maybe it wouldn’t matter so much, as they will probably win regardless of your opening choice. But if you’re facing a <... | Read More

      • Ultraman81
      • | Aug 8, 2015
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    • Giuoco Piano 4 Knights Variation

      Discoveries (theoretical novelties) in theory of C50 Italian four knights variation of giuoco pianissimo (Italian game /giuoco piano /Italian opening), changing appraisal of its very important systems, are present in this investigation. Good Move... | Read More

      • GM_Nikhil
      • | Aug 7, 2015
    • The ECO First 5 Volumes

      A White first moves other than 1.e4, 1.d4 (A00–A39) 1.d4 without 1...d5 or 1...Nf6: Atypical replies to 1.d4 (A40–A44) 1.d4 Nf6 without 2.c4: Atypical replies to 1...Nf6 (A45–A49) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 without 2...e6 or 2...g6: Atypical Indian syst... | Read More

      • GM_Nikhil
      • | Aug 5, 2015

Video Lessons

  • The Four Knights Opening

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    The Four Knights is one of the most popular openings in the world. It has been used millions of times by amateurs and grandmasters alike. The Four Knights opening is fairly simple, starting with 1. e4 e5, then bringing the four knights out onto th... Read More »

  • Shogi

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    Shogi is the Japanese form of Chess. It has been evolving in a different direction as international Chess for more than 1000 years, however, and its history contains many Shogi variants, some even still played today. Modern Shogi is played on a 9x... Read More »

  • Maties

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    Hello you are going to see funny checkmates that I and other people will put in here like mate in two and other fun checkmates with rooks, kings, knights,bishops, pawns, and queens. Read More »

  • Italian Game

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    'Italian game' refers to any game that follows after the sequence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4. This includes both the Two Knights Defense (3. ...Nf6) and the Giuoco Piano (3. ...Bc4). 'Italian Game' is more accurate than Giuoco Piano, since this lite... Read More »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »