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  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

  • Find Your Own "Miracle" Opening!

    The year was 1985.  Garry Kasparov just became the world champion, and together with his mentor, ex-world champion Mikhail Botvinnik, he was running the first session of the famous Botvinnik-Kasparov school. A group of young aspiring c... | Read More

  • The Scandinavian Defense: A History

    The time has come to look at the history of perhaps the first chess opening: the Scandinavian Defense.  Also known as the Center-Counter, the Scandinavian Defense can be viewed as the most direct and forcing counter to 1.e4. The intrep... | Read More

  • Perrin

         Although his association with Paul Morphy was somewhat minimal, Frederick Perrin's chess career was very often viewed though Morphy-colored glasses. When Morphy first arrived in New York for his national debut, Perrin was the first man h... | 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


      CHESSTOWN USA Follow the exploits of a community of Grandmasters as they defend Chesstown from the attacks by Hollywood and Dania Beach, Florida. At stake is their freedom. As it stands, Chesstown belongs to no city. It is on no man’s land, a... | Read More

      • editorBX
      • | Mar 1, 2015
    • What is chess?

      "What is chess, do you think?" -- Ben Kingsley (as Bruce Pandolfini) in the movie "Searching For Bobby Fischer" Chess has continued to evolve, just as chess players continue to evolve. Some say it began in India as the game chataranga. Others say... | Read More

      • Rogue_Wolf
      • | Mar 1, 2015
    • Transpositions

      This games starts as a Nimzo Defense, then turns to a classical Scotch and then resembles a position similar to the Evans Gambit. The game itself, I fear, is not that great. ^^ Time control at 15/10. | Read More

    • C44: Scotch Game: Goering Gambit

      The solid gambit. White offers c3-pawn for strong c and d semi-opened files, for free queen (it can enter the game fast by Qb3) and f7-pawn push Some games here withthis opening.   | Read More

      • EpicFreak
      • | Feb 28, 2015
    • Caro-Kann Advance

      先日、Blitzのレーティングが最高で1599まで達しました。これまでにどのような勉強をしてどういうことを考えながら指してきたか、それを書き留めておこうと思いました。 オープニ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Giuoco Piano

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    First known chess opening, according to the Gottingen manuscript (1490).  The opening is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5, and was given its name by Lolli.  The opening name is derived from Italian, meaning quiet game, in contrast to gambit openings.... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • Latvian Gambit

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    The Latvian gambit would begin 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-f5 creating a kind of reverse King's Gambit as Black. It is generally a less used gambit for its potential difficulties with king's side attacks from White, as well as its conflicts with some theoretic... Read More »

  • Benko Gambit

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    The Benko Gambit is characterized by the move 3...b5 in the Benoni Defense arising after: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 c53. d5 b5 The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) has three codes for the Benko Gambit: A57 3...b5 A58 3...b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 A59 3... Read More »

  • Budapest Gambit

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    The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defense) is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e5 Despite an early debut in 1896, the Budapest Gambit received attention from leading players only after a win as Black by Grandmaster Milan... Read More »