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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

  • Tigran Petrosian's Breathtaking Exchange Sacrifices

    It is impossible to become a world champion without mastering every facet of the game. Most champions, however, are remembered for their proficiency in one particular area of the game. To this end, Wilhelm Steinitz is remembered as the founder o... | Read More

  • Making A Plus In The Petroff

    For a long time, the Petroff Defense (also known as the Russian Defense) has been a very solid weapon in situations where a draw is acceptable for Black. Through the end of the 20th century it featured prominently in top level tournaments, especia... | Read More

  • Almost a Champion

         To the chess-players of England the 18th century was just a fading memory.  Philidor had died and Verdoni, a man with a forgotten first name, took up his reins as professional at Parsloe's in London until he himself died in 1804.  At th... | Read More

  • Chess Lessons Exposed: Never Say 'I Have To'

    This series is about chess lessons and how a chess teacher tries to push key points home. If you are looking for a chess teacher, don’t grab anyone that comes along! Take your time, take a lesson or two from various teachers so you can get... | Read More

    • Spoilt for Choice

      I was paralysed by the following diagram in my daily tactical training.   Can you solve?   Blokh Combinational Motives Diagram 586 Difficulty 4 White to move     I had seen a stalemate possibility given White's pawns are blockaded and W... | Read More

    • A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

      Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen "A. P. J." Abdul Kalam 15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist  turned reluctant politician, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and st... | Read More

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      • | Jul 31, 2015
    • A surprising tactic in the opening

      I thought of the following tactic in class (to see the opening it resulted from, click the move list after you have solved it!) Click here to follow me | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | Jul 30, 2015
    • Winning Pawn Structures: Attacking f7 with the IQP: Part 2

      In this blog, I am going to finish out the games displaying the IQP's attacking potential against f7/f2 with a couple more games from Baburin's Winning Pawn Structures. We ended last time with Botvinnik's classic game featuring a knight sacrifice ... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Jul 30, 2015
    • CLUB 960

      For those of you who like to play chess 960 on a regular basis I have created a new group. The full address is Come and join us if you are keen to play, want to give it a try or just plain curious | Read More

      • gypsymindy
      • | Jul 30, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... Read More »

  • Polgar, Susan

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    Susan Polgar, born Zsuzsanna Polgar in Budapest, Hungary, was the oldest of three sisters, Judit and Sophia Polgar. She discovered the game purely by accident when she was not quite four years old. She had been rummaging around in a closet looking... Read More »

  • Capablanca, Jose

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    Cuban-born, Jose Capablanca (1888-1942) was American-educated and sent to a private school (Woodycliff School of South Orange) in New Jersey when he was 16 in 1904.  He joined the Manhattan Chess Club at that time and impressed many of the pl... Read More »

  • Biyiasas, Peter

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    Peter Biyiasas, born Nov 19, 1950 in Greece, is a Canadian Grandmaster (1978) who later moved to the United States.  He has won the Canadian championship twice (1972, 1975).  In 1978 he won the World Open.  In 1981 Bobby Fischer sta... Read More »

  • Sultan Khan, Mir

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    Mir Sultan Khan (1905-1966) was the winner of the All-Indian championship and in five years he was the winner of the Championship of the British Empire three times and played on top board for England in three Olympiads.   He was born in ... Read More »