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  • Mastering Squares, Part 7

    As I’ve often said, when mastering a new concept it’s important to first study the concept’s basic nuts and bolts, look at all variations of that concept, and finally go over hundreds (even better is thousands) of games featuring... | Read More

  • The Top 6 Titled Tuesday Tactics

    Six Titled Tuesday tournaments are in the books, and the seventh is scheduled for today as the event moves to the first Tuesday of the month.  After thousands of master games, tightly packed leaderboards, and thrilling finishes, these event... | Read More

  • A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend!

    Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master. A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 7

    GOOD OR BAD? Mordecai10 asked: I have just completed part 1 of your Test Your Chess Understanding articles, and I wasn’t completely satisfied by one aspect of your solutions. In your solution to puzzle 2, you say the following: &lsquo... | Read More

  • The Universal Opening Trap

    The majority of chess players like opening traps. I believe the main appeal of setting a trap is not the chance to win the game instantly.  What really makes an opening trap attractive for chess players of all levels is the thrill of a hunt... | Read More


    • The Alapin becomes the French Part 1

      I like the Alapin and play it whenever I get the chance. The game can go many ways depending on Black's choices and open of the choices is to try to keep the game semi-closed. Although White doesn't have to oblige, we see an example of  this here... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Mar 31, 2015
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    • Playing Against the Sicilian with the Alapin Variation - Part 1

      Hello Chess Fans,   If you've been following along, I've covered How White should Play against most of Black's responses to 1.e4.  Today we will cover White's rebuttal to the most frequently played variation and one of Black's strongest defens... | Read More

    • First serious study day.

      I had to get my tires changed today (potholes ate them), and it occured to me that 1) I would have a big chunk of time waiting for the tires,  and that 2) the self study plan IM Lilov wrote for me calls for spending a big chunk of time going over... | Read More

      • AnnaEA
      • | Mar 17, 2015
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    • Kind or queen?

      Most people ask the question, should I move the king or queen pawn? Both really seem to have the same effect. But they do not play out the same at all! Study the moves for a little, mabye look at some master games that did this. Try this move your... | Read More

      • GMPsych
      • | Mar 7, 2015
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    • Assessing My Strengths and Weaknesses: Chess Exam and Training Guide

      One of the many books in my collection that I've been meaning to get around to is Khmelnitsky's Chess Exam and Training Guide. For those of you that don't know, this is a book is designed to identify your weaknesses and get training advice. It do... | Read More

      • Ace_Club
      • | Mar 5, 2015
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  • Tata Steel 2013 Round 1

    The 2013 Tata Steel Chess is taking place from 12-27 January in Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. This famous annual tournament has three separate single round-robin competitions, the A, B, and C Groups, each featuring 14 players. The strongest t... | Read More

  • Acropolis 2008: Fire On Board!

    Want to see some EXCITING (that is, NOT BORING) grandmaster games? Check out live coverage of the Acropolis 2008 tournament in Athens, Greece  >>Here<< (Tournament continues until Sunday, August 17, 2008)I've been following Chess.... | Read More

  • Building Chess.com: Part 9 - Opening to Middlegame

    It was three years ago that I first thought that the world needed a global chess community and set my eyes on Chess.com as the home for that community. Then in June 2007, after more than 2 years of work, Chess.com was opened to the public. It was ... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Jan 20, 2008
    • | 4896 reads
    • | Misc
  • Inside Interview w/ CHESSMASTER Development Team!

    With the release of the new CHESSMASTER less than a week away, we wanted to get some insights into the new program and the thought that went into it. We were lucky enough to interview two managers of the development team about the upcoming release... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Oct 19, 2007
    • | 2840 reads
    • | Misc

Video Lessons



  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • Abramov, Lev

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    Lev Abramov, born in 1911, was a Russian chess master.  He was awarded the International Arbiter title in 1957.   He was awarded the title of International Master of Correspondence Chess in 1979.  In 1971, he wrote Chess Move by Move.  He is ... Read More »

  • Horwitz, Bernard

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    Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885) was a German-born card player(specialized in miniatures) and chess study composer.    In 1845, he settled in England and began teaching chess.  In 1846, he lost as match with Howard Staunton, losing 14 games, winni... Read More »

  • Quadrupled Pawns

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    Yes it is possible. In fact, quadrupled pawns have appeared in many games, such as this one: Alekhine went on to win. In many games quad pawns can mean a win since many would be very advanced and have promotion threats. Usually the side with them... Read More »

  • Endgames

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    Endgames are the last stage of the game.In end games you have very less pieces Read More »