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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 Chess.com 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

  • 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

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History

    The Chigorin Defense is one opening whose history -- unlike some of others we have examined in previous weeks -- revolves around one man. And of course this is its namesake, Mikhail Chigorin. Chigorin was born in 1850 near St. Peterburg, where h... | 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


    • 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
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    • Happy deal

      Black forced a checkmate. Do you see how?(It is a twin: on the 4th move Black has two best moves) The game comes from '1000 Best Short Games of Chess' by Irving Chernev.  It is a collection of fine 5-to-15-move games, accompanied by Cherne... | Read More

    • Fajarowicz Gambit [2]

      FAJAROWICZ GAMBIT [2] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 INDEX 1. Introduction 2. Game with analysis 3. Complete text of the analysis of the game 4. Conclusion 5. Other blogs of mine on this opening   1. Introduction I like to play ga... | Read More

    • My CHEAT-SHEET of CHESS KNOWLEDGE

      “Playing well requires study – period. There are more or less sophisticated ways to play the game, and those unwilling to face up to the REALITY of CHESS KNOWLEDGE will be consigned forever to be ineffective, ignorant underachievers” –DAVI... | Read More

      • DuCannibis
      • | Jan 4, 2015
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    • Ideas for Chess Resolutions for the New Year

      Despite a rather unsuccessful track record, I really enjoy New Year's resolutions. I've kept track of my New Year's resolutions for the past several years, and it's pretty cool to look back and see what I have and haven't achieved. 2012 Earn the ... | Read More

      • SamCopeland
      • | Dec 31, 2014
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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 »

  • 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 »

  • Word Gambit

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    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... Read More »

  • Wing Gambit

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    The term Wing gambit usually refers to when white plays an early b2 to b4 deflecting a black pawn. There are many wing gambits. The first one is the Evan's Gambit, popularized by William Davie Evans. In the 1800's everybody used it and there were ... Read More »

  • From's Gambit

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    A countergambit against White's Bird's Opening: 1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 d6 3. exd6 Bxd6. While this looks pretty tame as gambits go, since no Black piece is aimed directly at White's King, an example of how things can get out of hand is 4. Nf3 g5 5. d4 ... Read More »