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  • The Greek Gift Sacrifice Lives On!

    As beginners, we are taught a surprising amount of various tricks, sacrifices, and mates that rarely occur in serious tournament practice. Scholar's Mate, Fool's Mate, Legal's Mate - all of these are aesthetically pleasing to an amateur, but requi... | Read More

  • Changing Geirs

    This is an Alekhine game that you may not have seen before. On his tenth move, he takes a bold risk with the classic Greek gift bishop sac. He even has the audacity to quietly castle in the middle of an attack! Several more quiet moves follow, but... | Read More

  • SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises

    No time to study opening theory? Shock your opponent with an SOS! With an SOS you deviate early (usually before move 6!) from regular lines in mainstream openings. So you will reach positions you have actually studied without having memorized... | Read More

  • Classical Games Everybody Should Know, Part 2

    Last week we started our little journey into chess history. We want to look at the most important classical games.  The ones that moved chess theory and broadened the general understanding of the game. In my opinion no chess player can call h... | Read More

  • Chess Surrealism

    Even if you have never heard of chess surrealism, you definitely encountered it at some point.  What is chess surrealism? In art, the key feature of surrealism is the element of surprise, the same is true for chess surrealism.  If you see a posi... | Read More


    • The Greek Gift Stonewall Attack

      Learn how to play with and against the Stonewall Attack, a solid position that can launch a lethal kingside attack via the Greek gift sacrifice.    | Read More

    • DANIEL NARODITSKYS ARTICLES LINKS

      Avoiding blunders : part 1, 2  Strategy : weak squares, pawn structure TACTICS : GREEK GIFT, POSITIONAL COMBINATION, Positional sacrifice | Read More

    • Instructive Games: Kamsky's "Greek Gift" against Shankland

      I was recently working on attacking patterns with a young student. Naturally, one of the first patterns we discussed was the classic Bxh7+ sacrifice. This sacrifice is often known as the Greek Gift sacrifice - God, and possibly Edward Winter, know... | Read More

    • Praise of the French-Fort Knox

      I have been struggling to find a good defense for black against e4 that I did not have to study much theory to understand.  So here is basically all you need to know to play the Fort Knox variation.  1)1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3(or Nd2) dxe4 4. ... | Read More

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    • Greek Gift Sacrifice in the French Defence

      Here is a game I played recently on chess.com illustrating the Greek gift sacrifice or classical bishop sacrifice (Bxh7 or Bxh2). The time control was 15 minutes for the game with a 2 second increment. | Read More

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      • | Jan 30, 2014
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Video Lessons



  • Greek Defence

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  • Prophylaxis

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    In chess, Prophylaxis means guarding or preventing a move before it is made. A prophylactic move usually haults the opponent from taking action in an area. One example of prophylaxis is, when the king is buried behind a wall of pawns, moving a paw... Read More »

  • Hippophobia

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    It comes from the greek word phobes meaning fear and hippo, which means horse. Hippophobia is the fear of knights. this is generally bad because players with hippophobia will trade bishops for knights when bishops are better. Read More »

  • Greek gift

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    The Greek gift sacrifice it a classic bishop sacrifice on h7. The most common opening used in the Greek Gift is the French defense. There are more variations than that, but those are the basic. Try it out in your blitz games! Read More »

  • Zukertort, Johannes

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    Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888) was a chess master, physician, pianist, magazine editor, music critic, linguist, swordsman and marksman.  He was fluent in   English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Sa... Read More »