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  • Reader Questions: French Defense And A 2000 Rating Goal

    I’m still going through some (sadly) neglected games, comments, and lectures. This time I’ll look at a game of one of the site’s best chess historians, Spektrowski, and I’ll also answer a question or two. The most p... | Read More

  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part II

        The Traxler Counter Attack         With best play, does Black have a chance with 1.e4  e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 ?      In Part I we examined White's response 5. d4      White's two most common responses however ... | Read More

  • Spicy Gambits Video Series

    Gambits are an important part of chess. Although most of them come from White’s initiative, there are also many sound counter gambits for Black that have developed over time. Understanding how to play with and against gambits is important fo... | Read More

  • The Deadly Chess Symmetry

    There is a popular misconception amongst amateur players that a symmetrical position in chess inevitably leads to a draw. We already discussed here why playing a "copycat chess" can be extremely dangerous for your own position. Yet, there is a g... | Read More

  • More Ways To Battle The Caro-Kann

    Last week, we discussed the first few options to fight against Black's Caro-Kann.  Now let's take a look at some of the most important ways White can respond to this opening. The Advance Variation: The line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 has... | Read More


    • The French of the Week (4) - Fitzsimons-Jessel, Steinitz-Boleslavsky Variation

      GM Nigel Short was the highest rated player to win with the French Defense last week and he did it with the nice variation 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 h6!?. But the game I have chosen, played in the Irish Championship, is in my view more interesting. Do... | Read More

      • NowInChess
      • | Jul 22, 2015
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    • A French Defense Explained Move by Move

      I have been playing the French Advance for quite a while now. It fits in nicely with my Sicilian Alapin and also exposes me to some of my weaknesses in chess, namely playing a little bit of defense in exchange for a space advantage. However, givin... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jul 18, 2015
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    • Making Use of Key Squares

      Today I want to talk about the idea of key squares and how to make the most of them. Many times it is simply a matter of being aware of these key squares than enables us to see these possibilities. For example, a couple months ago, I gave a very ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jul 14, 2015
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    • The French of the Week (3) - Harshal-Heberla, Guimard Variation

      Unknown and underrated, the Guimard Variation is a very interesting way to face the Tarrasch Variation of the French Defense. Named after argentinian Grandmaster Carlos Guimard, this variation appears after the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6. In ... | Read More

      • NowInChess
      • | Jul 12, 2015
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    • Kostya's Blueprint: Learning Structures - Part 2

      In Part 1 I explained why learning the ins and outs of a given pawn structure is a great way to improve your understanding of our beloved game, and laid out an approach to developing a grasp of any position by asking key questions. Today I'd like... | 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 »

  • Black Knight's Tango

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    The Black Knights' Tango (also known as the Mexican Defense or Kevitz–Trajkovic Defense) is a chess opening beginning with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 Nc6This position can also be reached by transposition, for example 1.c4 Nf6, 1.d4 ... Read More »

  • Old Indian Defense

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    The Old Indian Defense is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 d6This opening is distinguished from the King's Indian Defense by Black developing his king's bishop on e7 rather than the fianchetto at g7. Mikhail Chigo... Read More »

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »