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  • The Evans Gambit: Modern Play

    Last week, we looked at the origins of the exciting Evans Gambit. Today, let's find out how the opening has journeyed through history to modern day.  While in keeping with his style, Wilhelm Steinitz's torturous defensive method against t... | Read More

  • The King's Gambit: A History

    With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come. I now begin a new column co... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 2, 2014

    Bobby Fischer played 1st board for the US in four chess Olympiads, the final one being Siegen in 1970. In 1972, after beating Spassky, the first major event he skipped (and never played again!) was that summer's Olympiad in Skopje. Fischer also p... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #19 - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    “I’m glad to see you’re both here in class together,” ProfessorPando said to Zephyr and Lucian.  --- “Also, I want to tell you what I saw the other night at the chess club,” the Professor went on. “Although I don’t want to admit i... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Oct 11, 2013

    "Should I continue playing a weak opening if I know it well?" This is one of those questions that depends on more information, such as: "How weak is the opening?"  "Who considers it weak?"  "Who are you playing", etc. I gave the example of the ... | Read More


    • Traxler Counterattack

      This is the Traxler Counterattack (ECO C57) under the best circumstances, following a series of blunders from white. The opening begins with the Italian game, 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6, and then 4. Ng5, making a double attack on the f7 square... | Read More

    • Giuoco Piano 4 Knights Variation

      Discoveries (theoretical novelties) in theory of C50 Italian four knights variation of giuoco pianissimo (Italian game /giuoco piano /Italian opening), changing appraisal of its very important systems, are present in this investigation. Good Move... | Read More

      • GM_Nikhil
      • | Aug 7, 2015
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    • Review: Improvers It's Your Move

      In late 2013 I had just started my serious attempt at chess improvement, after suffering through many years of haphazard, and largely ineffective, chess study. I had read a few introductory books on chess strategy and wanted to tackle a book of mi... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Jul 19, 2015
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    • My First FIDE Rated Classical Time Control Tournament!

      In the past few months I was checking Slovenian Chess Federation website and noticed there's a FIDE rated Tournament in Ljubljana, with classical time control, 90 minutes for 40 moves and additional 30 minutes for the rest. Also with a Fischer tim... | Read More

      • MSC157
      • | Jun 28, 2015
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    • Small Positional Errors Add Up to A Big Loss

      I love the Alapin. Strong players look at the opening with derision, but I've taken down some strong players with it. I like it because it avoids theory (that is changing quickly) and allows my to play chess. I also picked it up because it allows ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jun 24, 2015
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      • | 9 comments

Video Lessons



  • Giuoco Piano

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    First known chess opening, according to the Gottingen manuscript (1490).  The opening is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5, and was given its name by Lolli.  The opening name is derived from Italian, meaning quiet game, in contrast to gambit openings.... Read More »

  • Italian Game

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    'Italian game' refers to any game that follows after the sequence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4. This includes both the Two Knights Defense (3. ...Nf6) and the Giuoco Piano (3. ...Bc4). 'Italian Game' is more accurate than Giuoco Piano, since this lite... Read More »

  • Word Gambit

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    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... Read More »

  • Bird, Henry Edward

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    Henry Edward Bird (1830-1908) was an accountant and strong amateur player from England.   In 1851, at the age of 21, he was invited to the first international chess tournament, held in London.  In round 1, he was knocked out by Bernhard Horwitz... 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 »