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  • The Greatest Chess Minds Video Series

    Let this video guide serve as the official reference point to help you find videos on your favorite chess players throughout history! has enjoyed lessons from the best coaches and players within our game. Hopefully,... | Read More

  • Is Chess Art?

    Is chess art? I bet that’s not the first time you’ve been asked that, or something like it. To the basic question, all kinds of answers have been offered, sometimes logical, sometimes passionate, sometimes contrived. Many might wonde... | Read More

  • The Fighting Dragon Video Series

    If the Sicilian is the vehicle driving Black’s equalizing chances, the Dragon is its engine. For years, White has struggled to find a definite answer to counter the Sicilian. The Dragon variation, also known as the Draco Star, has only furth... | Read More

  • Did Hollywood Get 'Pawn Sacrifice' Right?

    By now many members have seen the first trailer for Pawn Sacrifice, the Hollywood movie based on the rise of Bobby Fischer to world chess champion. We've known for a while that Spiderman, or rather Tobey Maguire, was to play the fiv... | Read More

  • The Man Who Saved Philidor

        "English chess owes more to the Rev. George Atwood than it does to any other person."    - Dale A. Brandreth, chess historian and collector extraordinaire      As most folks know, the custom of saving games didn't really begin in... | Read More

    • What are your Favorite movies of all time?

       ((Write a comment))   What are your Favorite movies of all time?   فیلم های مورد علاقه خود را در تمام دوران ها چه هستند؟   Quels sont vos films favoris ?   모든 시간의 좋아하는 영... | Read More

    • THE IDEA OF OJANEN (Ojasen oivallus) – e5 sac in the Benoni

      The e5 sac in the Benoni defence became famous by Penrose-Tal –game (7.11.1960). However, this was not the stem game. The e5 sac was originally invented by Finnish IM Kaarle (Kalle) Ojanen. GM Eero Böök calls this variant with the name ”The... | Read More

      • HansAnders
      • | Jul 15, 2015
    • Funny Chess Video

      An evoking match occurred between Kasparov and Short. They resorted to a classical start using e4. The middle game is where we saw the history of chess come up. One audience member, Rapier, was ecstatic about it and said, "That's how chess has b... | Read More

    • Circumnavigation in Hypothetical Chess

      Note:  Please forgive the abnormal nature of this puzzle, as it stands I have no formal solution to it, yet I believe it may be possible through ingenuity, mathematics, and proficient chess skills.Given the constraints of the standard chess game,... | Read More

      • FifthWake
      • | Jul 10, 2015
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    • Fall Open 2014

      Two months later I was back for more, despite a punishing first tournament.  By a quirk of USCF I was now rated 1815.  As I'd feared, I had to explain to several kids why I'd been rated 2100 just a tournament ago.  "The last time I played compe... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | Jul 4, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Mathematics and chess

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    The number of possible chess positions after White’s first ply move is 20 (16 pawn moves and 4 knight moves).  There are 400 possible chess positions after two ply moves (first ply move for White followed by first ply move for Black).  Th... Read More »