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  • What Is The Greatest Brilliancy Ever?

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on I try to give a good mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of so... | Read More

  • How To Crush Your Opponent With The King's Gambit Video Series

    Novice chess players are exposed to openings like the Fried Liver and the four-move checkmate early on. At the start of any game, the king’s f-pawn is the weakest on the board for either color. Inspired by that belief, the King’s Gambi... | 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

  • Die Immergrüne Partie

    Dr. Hermann von Gottschall      Dr. Hermann von Gottschall (1862-1933) was a reputable German chessplayer and problemist. He also edited the German periodical "Deutsche Schachzeitung" from 1892-96 (having co-edited with Curt von Bardeleb... | Read More

  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More

    • From 1400 to 1500 : Greed

      Several lower rated players love to grab material. The less experienced, the easier the temptation to grab every pawn or piece. Some GMs like to grab material, but very often they know what they are doing. They evaluate the position, or they want... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Oct 6, 2015
    • Opening Experiment Results: Unblocking the French with 2.c4!?

      Hi Chess Friends,   My post on my experiments with the Queen's Gambit Accepted was well received, so I'm following up with an even less common line that's scored well for me, the 2.c4 French. Even many strong players have struggled against the... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | Sep 7, 2015
    • Open Ciutat de Badalona (dummies group, not the good one)

      Recently I played my second slow OTB tournament. Instead of having a post for every game, I'll put them all in a single post. This is more for my own reference than to publish them, as there's few interesting in them. You're warned, if you contin... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | Sep 5, 2015
    • Pirate Week

      Three strange pirate-related things happened to me last week. Now there's a sentence you don't see every day. Admittedly, some of the links to buccaneering are a little tenuous, but it still makes for an unusual theme. It started when I found ou... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Aug 27, 2015
    • 960 Icelandic Gambit

      The Center Counter equips Black with two related gambits that exploit a common mistake by White. 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 2. d4 is recommended by followers of the teacher Purdy, who said "the first side with two pawns in the center has a leg up", but ty... | 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 »

  • 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 »