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  • A Potpourri of Traps

    Why study traps?      There are several good reasons why studying traps might be considered important. First, of course, to avoid becoming a victim of one.  Second is to recognize when the opportunity of gaining a quick victory appears.  B... | Read More

  • The French Winawer: A History

    In the first installment of my series on the development of various opening variations, we learned about the history of the King's Gambit. This week we will be moving on to a more modern and frequently seen opening: the Winawer French. In th... | Read More

  • The Greenwich Village Gambit

     Manhattan, early '60s --  a place and a time.       One of the few sources of insight into this particular chess scene comes to us through the pages of the March-April, 1964 issue of Frank Brady's marvelous, though short-lived, magazine... | Read More

  • The King's Gambit: A History

    With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come. I now begin a new column co... | Read More

  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

    • Checkmates of the day - 12.21.2014 - day 11

      Grandmaster Mamedyarov won against World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov in the Tal Memorial Blitz Championship in Moscow in 2008: White to move and checkmates in 1 An other checkmate from the Tal Memorial Blitz tournament: Vasily Ivanchuk beta Top... | Read More

    • Biggest shock in England! ;)

      Well I dont blog much due to little interest. Which is a shame for the most improved adult in the country in the last 3 years in England. And being a Chess Teacher also feel I can explain things well and help many others. But thought I had to post... | Read More

    • Queen's Gambit Declined Line - Exchange Variation

      A diagram of the Exchange Variation for black. The Exchange Variation is a response to the Queen's Gambit which results in a Queen's Gambit Declined line. | Read More

    • #9, Phi Kappa Blanca XXXII

      << #8 Phi Kappa Blanca 1990.10.6 -- #10 ??>> Tournament #9 : Phi Kappa Blanca, 10/27/90 NCSU Student Union, Raleigh, NC TD:  Robert Singletary Section:  U1400 Time Control:  40/90, G/30   This would be my first tournament playing ... | Read More

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    • Queen's Gambit Declined Line - Vienna Variation

      A diagram of the Vienna Variation for black. The Vienna Variation is a response to the Queen's Gambit which results in a Queen's Gambit Declined line. | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • King's Gambit

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  • 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. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... Read More »