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  • The Deadly Attacks Of Romantic Chess

    This series is all about attacking chess and combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny bit ab... | Read More

  • Is Magnus Carlsen The LeBron James Of Chess?

    Who is the LeBron James of chess? The National Basketball Association playoffs are in full swing, and the best players in the world are battling it out, hoping to win an NBA championship. LeBron James fell just short of a championship last sea... | Read More

  • Surprise Your Opponent!

    The Benko Gambit is one of the most popular openings among club players. It is indeed very appealing to grab the initiative early in the game playing Black against your opponent who likes to play positional chess. Why do I assume that your oppon... | Read More

  • Beware Of Alekhine's Gun

    The 1930 San Remo International was a rather one-sided affair. World Champion Alexander Alekhine stormed through the field, winning 13 games and conceding only two draws. Yet this tournament is remembered not for Alekhine's magisterial performance... | Read More

  • How To Play The Mar del Plata

    Dear readers: I will be continuing to cover opening variations in my column, but a slight shift will be made. Rather than looking at the historical developments of whole openings, I will be covering specific lines -- and not as much from a histori... | Read More

    • Unbalanced Middlegames: Three Pawns for a Piece

      How should you play a middlegame with three pawns for a minor piece? Who has the advantage? No matter what theory or the computer says about your position, in practice the player with the better technique will win. I have recently been looking at... | Read More

    • A New Official Live Time Control: 5 | 5

      Starting today, we have added an official 5 | 5 blitz time control to the menu of "official" options in Live Chess. Like the others, this time control will allow players to be quickly matched in a pool of players looking for games of that length. ... | Read More

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      • | Apr 28, 2015
    • Open Games: Vienna Game

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      • | Apr 27, 2015
    • Sicilian Defense Against the Portsmouth Gambit

      Hello Chess Fans, This article is for those who regularly play the Sicilian Defense against 1.e4.  A lesser known sideline of the Sicilian Wing Gambit called The Portsmouth Gambit.  Their website touts "Quick wins for White" and I mean quick.... | Read More

    • Space Coast open 2015

      One of my new year's commitments was to succeed at chess which is my passion, as everybody who knows me is aware of. Its been tough to study the last couple of months since I have been too busy with my real job and I have been playing a lot of ... | Read More

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

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    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

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    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 »