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  • The Greatest Chess Minds Video Series

    Let this video guide serve as the official reference point to help you find videos on your favorite chess players throughout history! has enjoyed lessons from the best coaches and players within our game. Hopefully,... | Read More

  • The Anti-Sicilian Without A Name

    Among the less-trodden paths White can follow against the Sicilian Defense is the system with the seemingly paradoxical combination of Nc3 and Bb5. To my knowledge, this variation, unlike most of the other anti-Sicilians, has no name.... | Read More

  • An Hour With Morphy

         This article was published in the "British Chess Magazine" three months after Paul Morphy's death.  It was obviously written as a memorial to Morphy and meant to showcase his genius as well as an attempt to explain his winning techniques... | Read More

  • The Nimzowitsch Knight Dance

    Knights are tricky little pieces. Often seen dancing around the board like little mischievous imps, knights have the power to bewilder and confuse even the strongest of grandmasters. I want to take a deeper look at one particular knigh... | Read More

  • Reaching GM Potential And Compensation

    Reaching One’s GM Chess Potential member Philippe Silex777 asked: I have been reading your articles for a while now and have a question that I can’t find a satisfying answer to. It’s pretty simple: You wrote books a... | Read More

    • Magic chess

      There's so much chess going on at the moment that it's hard to keep up. I'm not talking about Biel - for the most part, with the exception of the incredible Navara-Wojtaszek clash, it's been pretty lacklustre - but rather the Politiken Cup and the... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Jul 30, 2015
    • Richard Rapport vs. Pavel Eljanov, Biel 2015, 0-1

      GM Pavel Eljanov, Ukraine#2, fearlessly accepts the gambit in Semi-Slav and plays precisely to the end against one of the most entertaining GMs of all time Richard Rapport. A couple of flashy moves and a couple of trap trys...   Let's jump righ... | Read More

      • Haggard-CC
      • | Jul 30, 2015
      • | 1 comment
    • EZ Puzzles

      Are you tired of complicated puzzles? If so, you've come to the right place. Here's the first one: Here's one more: Thanks to the two people who shall not be named for giving me the games for these puzzles. If you didn't solve these puzzle... | Read More

      • EliTeDavee
      • | Jul 29, 2015
    • Titled player Correspondence Simul!

      Hello Chess friends, I am hosting a correspondence Simul for titled players .If you are a titled player and are interested in this simul send me a 3 days per move challenge . In this simul I will play as many titled players as I can.So far I am... | Read More

    • Camping Trip 5.0!

      So, I'm back! What I come back to: 63 moves, 53 messages, 2 friend requests, 1 challenge. Pros of home:, full power, internet connection. Pros of camping: swimming, fresh air, peacefulness. I choose home, because I will be on chess.c... | Read More

      • mkelowna
      • | Jul 29, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Dake, Arthur

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    Arthur W. Dake (1910-2000) became a bridge toll collector, then a highway auto controller, and finally an automobile inspector for the state of Oregon after serving in the merchant marines when he was 16.  He learned how to play chess at age 17 ... Read More »

  • Acers, Jude Frazer

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    Jude Acers was born in Long Beach on April 6, 1944.  He is a U.S. senior chess master living in New Orleans who has set several world record simultaneous exhibition records.  He learned to play chess at age 7 and was a master at age 17.  In 1... Read More »

  • Najdorf, Miguel

    • 21 Reads
    • | 21 Reads

    Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) was a Polish-born player who stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of World War II and became a naturalized citizen of Argentina five years later.  Najdorf escaped the Holocaust, but he lost his wife, child, parents an... Read More »

  • Saemisch, Friedrich

    • 21 Reads
    • | 21 Reads

    Friedrich Saemisch (1896-1975) was born in Berlin, he was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1950.  In 1921, he won the first Austrian chess championship.  Loser of more games of chess on time than any other master.  In 1959 at L... 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 »