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  • Knights On The Rim Are Amazing

    As beginners, we learn myriad principles that guide our chess development and steer us away from common positional vices: Develop knights before bishops. Do not move a piece twice in the opening unless strictly necessary. Knights on the rim ... | Read More

  • Max Euwe And The Slav Defense

    In 1935 a surprising thing happened. The fourth world champion, Alexander Alekhine, widely considered a genius, lost a match to the Dutch master, Max Euwe. Euwe was unique among world champions for several reasons. First, he was the only one who... | Read More

  • Lasker's Queen's Gambit Declined

    The second world champion, Emanuel Lasker, is a difficult one to include in this series, but it must be done. There is hardly any opening to which he is closely attached. He played a wide variety of solid, "common-sense" openings, w... | Read More

  • Mementos of Morphy

    Paul Morphy circa 1858      I had come across this blurb in an 1886 edition of the "British Chess Magazine" under the sub-title, "Foreign News" :      The estate of the late Paul Morphy was sold by auction on July 24th, and among th... | Read More

  • Chess Lessons Exposed: A Tale Of 3 Offside Knights

    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 y... | Read More

    • Chess Bloopers

      Chess Bloopers from Popular Media It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Knights of the South Bronx Glee Da Vinci... | Read More

    • Dione Crosses Saturn's Disk In Spectacular New Image

      Dione Crosses Saturn's Disk In Spectacular New Image The photo was captured from approximately 1.4 million miles away. NASA has released an incredible new image showing one of Saturn's many moons crossing the planet's disk. The moon Dione, ... | Read More


      Important as it is to have very well-developed positional understanding and excellent strategic skills in chess, every player must have sharp tactical skills as well. After all, chess tactics and strategy are the main weapons that one use... | Read More

      • smsugumar5
      • | Sep 4, 2015
    • bitzjustin vs speshalk03

      I've been a lot of battles against speshalk but some of our match has ended due to time discrepancies and connection loss. :D I'm posting this blog so that we can discuss our matches and to learn new strats. Feel free to comment/post. Lemme start... | Read More

      • bitzjustin
      • | Sep 1, 2015
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    • Joy and sorrow

      No 5 0 or 3 0 this time, but some 10 0 games that I played today. I wanted to play some slower time control games for a change, as training. First one went pretty okay. I was very pleased about the non materialistic finish. Then a very bad g... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Aug 31, 2015

Video Lessons

  • The Four Knights Opening

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    The Four Knights is one of the most popular openings in the world. It has been used millions of times by amateurs and grandmasters alike. The Four Knights opening is fairly simple, starting with 1. e4 e5, then bringing the four knights out onto th... Read More »

  • Shogi

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    Shogi is the Japanese form of Chess. It has been evolving in a different direction as international Chess for more than 1000 years, however, and its history contains many Shogi variants, some even still played today. Modern Shogi is played on a 9x... Read More »

  • Maties

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    Hello you are going to see funny checkmates that I and other people will put in here like mate in two and other fun checkmates with rooks, kings, knights,bishops, pawns, and queens. 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 »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »