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  • The All-Time World Chess Champion Bracket

    Who is the best chess player of all time? Today, World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads Vishy Anand 1.5-0.5 after two games at the world chess championship in Sochi, Russia. Carlsen is the 16th classical world chess champion — mor... | Read More

  • Chess is 99% tactics

    Today, I want to show some great tactics. Tactics was always nice, because normally, who have more material, wins. But sometimes, the player with more material lose. Firstly, I want to show a well-known Lilienthal-Capablanca, where white sacrifice... | Read More

  • How Much Money Do World Chess Champions Make?

    Today, the very top chess players in the world can make good livings from the game. Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand, who will play this month’s world chess championship in Russia, made more than $1 million each of the past two years from ch... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Kramnik vs. Kasparov

    By 1990, Garry Kasparov had done what nobody had done before since the creation of the world championship: defended his title multiple times against the clearly best challenger. All in all, he and Anatoly Karpov played five quite grueling matches ... | Read More

  • Break the Biggest Rule in Chess -- and Win!

    In the first two installments of this article, we discussed the situations where it is beneficial to ignore well established principles of chess. Today we'll talk about another "sacred cow" of chess rules, the most dangerous one to bend!  H... | Read More

    • 1921 World's Championship Match - Lasker vs Capablanca - Tenth Game of the Match

      A diagram of a chess game between Emanuel Lasker and José Raúl Capablanca. Lasker started the game with the Queen's Gambit opening, but Capablanca responded with a Queen's Gambit Declined line. | Read More

    • - Seven Years

      To celebrate my seventh year on, enjoy this classic Géza Maróczy game. Maróczy was, at his peak, among the world's top grandmasters. His defensive style spurred him to winning records against the leading attacking players of his day,... | Read More

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    • Janowski, chorégraphe des ballets de Fous

      Un français originaire de Pologne à la frontière entre les anciens et les nouveaux maîtres David Markelovitch Janowski exerça son art échiquéen entre les dernières décennies du 19e siècle et les premières du 20e (1868 – 1927). Origin... | Read More

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      • | Nov 15, 2014
    • Top Chess Players in History: #7 Harry Nelson Pillsbury

      Previous Player: #6 Akiba Rubinstein Harry Nelson Pillsbury (December 5, 1872 - June 17, 1906)Country: USA Highest World Ranking: #1 Highest Rating: 2816 Like a comet that flies through the night sky then disappears shortly after, Harry Nel... | Read More

    • Top Chess Players in History: #6 Akiba Rubinstein

      Previous Player: #5 Johannes Zukertort Next Player: #7 Harry Nelson Pillsbury Akiba Rubinstein (December 1, 1880 - March 15, 1961)Country: Poland Highest World Ranking: #1 Highest Rating: 2789 A wizard at the board, Akiba Rubinstein astoni... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Hodges, Albert Beauregard

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    Albert Hodges (1861-1944) was a former U.S. Champion.  His first job was a hidden operator of Ajeeb, the chess automaton, at the Eden Musee in New York..  He played chess and checkers.  He won the US championship in 1894 after defeating Jackson... Read More »

  • Svesnikov

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             The Sveshnikov Variation was pioneered by Evgeny Sveshnikov and Gennadi Timoshchenko in the 1970s. Before their efforts, the variation was called the Lasker–Pelikan Variation. Emanuel Lasker played it once in his world champi... Read More »

  • Coiled Spring Effect

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    The coiled spring effect in chess is related to how a players pieces will start out from a fairly compact and/or cramped opening position, and how they will "unwind" the spring and start attacking with the dynamic energy pent up in the position. A... Read More »

  • ruy lopez (spanish)

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    the ruy lopez is a very old and still awesome opening widly used through the world. E.lasker used it before, and it is still very popular. It is still loved by chess players. Read More »

  • Wing Gambit

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    The term Wing gambit usually refers to when white plays an early b2 to b4 deflecting a black pawn. There are many wing gambits. The first one is the Evan's Gambit, popularized by William Davie Evans. In the 1800's everybody used it and there were ... Read More »