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  • The Greatest Chess Minds Video Series

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

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Chigorin Defense at the end of the 19th century.  In the following years, Chigorin used his defense many times and demonstrated its basic themes. Let's look at some of them. Black's play on t... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

    • Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms #11

      Chess Wisdoms and Aphorisms.  #11. Chess is  a game of trends and fashions.   So -  ‘Stay with the in-crowd and wear the right clothes!’   As you might be aware, the ‘in’ opening for Black at the moment is the Berlin Defence of th... | Read More

    • Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms #9

      Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms.  #9.   Chess is a historical contest of chess ideas. Classical or Hypermodern?   Often medium strength players, play a game of chess and they lose.  But they are not quite sure how they lost.  They developed, ... | Read More

    • The Mikenas Attack in the English Opening

      Hello Chess Fans, The English Opening is a hypermodern approach to controling the center with 1.c4 claiming control of d5 from the flank.  It often transposes into the Reversed Sicilian Opening when Black plays ...e5, giving White a tempo UP ... | Read More

      • Samantha212
      • | Nov 11, 2015
    • The Ruy Lopez Q & A

      Member Chicken_Monster sent the following questions to me regarding the Ruy Lopez Opening: Please go over the following if appropriate. Thanks Robert. (1) What do you recommend playing in the Ruy Lopezas White and as Black? Please explain the i... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Nov 4, 2015
    • Strategic Ideas for White in the 4.f3 d5 Nimzo-Indian

      The Nimzo-Indian is one of the most commonly played openings at the top level. Black plays hypermodernly, by allowing white to claim the center with pawns, but then seeks to undermine those pawns with piece play. Many moves have been essayed in ... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Oct 23, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... Read More »

  • Reti Opening

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    The Reti Opening (1. Nf3 d5 2. c4) belongs to the Hypermodern School of Chess that dominated in the early 20th Century. The idea is to control the center rather than contest it by direct occupation with pawn moves such as d4 and e4. Because of its... Read More »

  • Reti, Richard

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    Richard Reti (1889-1929) was one of the founders of the hypermodern school of chess, along with Nimzovich, Tartakower, and Breyer.  He was born in Hungary and went to Vienna to study mathematics, but gave that up for chess.  Richard Reti... Read More »

  • Nimzovich, Aron

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    Aron Nimzovich (1886-1935) was the founder of the hypermodern movement in chess and author of My System.  He would stand on his head during chess events and did exercises in the tournament room.  After losing a game against Saemisch in B... Read More »

  • Breyer, Gyula (Julius)

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    Gyula Breyer (1893-1921) was a Hungarian of Grandmaster strength.  He set a new blindfold record of 25 opponents (won 15, drew 7, lost 3) in 1921 in Berlin.  He was one of the pioneering leaders of hypermodern chess.  He was the Hun... Read More »