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  • Can a GM and Rybka beat Stockfish?

    About two months ago, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 18, 2014

    In life, improvement is usually achieved by proceeding along the triangle "->Learn->Practice->Test->". In chess, this is "->Study->Play->Get Feedback->". Leave something out of the loop and you get diminishing returns. Thi... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Feb 21, 2014

    "I get really nervous during important games; what should I do?" "I get really worried about my rating. Do you have any suggestions?" I think these two questions, while undoubtedly different, are in some senses closely related. As I have noted, ... | Read More

  • The Endgames of Tromsø, Part 5

    By the fifth round of the World Cup in Tromsø, Norway, the field had been whittled down to eight players. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik faced Anton Korobov of Ukraine, Gata Kamsky played Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dmitry Andreikin played Peter ... | Read More

  • "100 Soviet Chess Miniatures" by P.H. Clarke

    This week I will be covering a very interesting old book called 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures. The games were selected and annotated by P.H. Clarke. This book is particularly unique because the games are entirely by unknown players, and the games ar... | Read More


    • On a roll with the London.

      This game illustrates the true beauty of London System, a chance to outplay your opponent in the middlegame.  Enjoy.  | Read More

    • Queenless Middlegame in the London

      The following game shows the versatility of the London System, the dynamism of the position even without queens!  | Read More

    • A great London System game.

      Thought i do something I haven't done in quite a while: post an inspirational  game between 2 GM's. Enjoy. | Read More

    • Chesapeake Open, Part 1

      After a disappointing Eastern Open just two weaks earlier, I had my best tournament since 1992. Despite playing a section up (under 2000), I tied for second place with 4/5, won prize money, improved my rating by more than 100 points and, most impo... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 01.11.2015 - day 32

      In 2012 in the Blitz World Championship russian grandmaster Peter Svidler beat Viktor Bologan,the best player from Moldova: White to move and checkmates in 1:   Grandmaster Peter Svidler beat the best Chech player David Navara in 2012 in Pra... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Colle

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    the Colle normally: Defeated: Colle Zukertort: There are too much other things in colle so i will now do london system: conclusion: I hope you learn! Read More »

  • London System

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    The London system is a complex chess system in which white develops his bishop on f4 early on, and subsequently develops a closed game pawn structure that would usually limit the Queen's bishop. It is preferable to develop the Queen's Bishop ear... Read More »

  • the kopec bd3

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    so the kopec system starts with bd3 on third move. 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 »

  • Robatsch Defence

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    In the Robatsch Defense, named after Karl Robatsch, also known as the Modern Defense, Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns on d4 and e4. Black's hope is to attack and undermine White's "ideal" position without directly attempting to... Read More »