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  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More

  • Q&A: Opening Prep And Troll Attacks

    QUESTION: Taylor_chess85 asked: “I would like to understand the type of games I am interested in playing. I am a beginner, and I thought that maybe I might make a database of every game certain people played with a certain opening. My idea is ... | Read More

  • Positional Attacks Book (February 2014)

    Positional Attacks The third installment of the best-selling series of attack books - Formation Attacks, Formation Attack Strategies, and now, Positional Attacks is another 500 page book, full of great attack information with 533 fabulous attack ... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, May 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Shamkir Stones “During the rest day, when I was tortured for hours by pains in my lower left back, I decided to ask for a doc... | Read More

  • The number one reason players lose chess games is...

    The number one reason players lose chess games is...   They move too quickly. First off, how long should a standard time control chess game last? The answer is 3 to 5 hours. Every titled player earned that honor by playing mostly five hour game... | Read More


    • Material v Piece Co-ordination

      Chess is without doubt a team game whereby all the pieces cooperate with one another as the march of logic progresses to complete the ultimate task of checkmate.  It is as far as I can discern generally understood that even if there is a material... | Read More

    • OTB Tournament Games 2 and 3

      Here are my next two games. In round two i mixed up the moves in the opening and had no good ideas in the middle game. I had a really bad position. But the opponent needed to much time so i set everything on a really bad swindle and finally won on... | Read More

    • 1700 ELO again! With a nice French Exchange win.

      Looking back at my statistics on Chess.com, it's interesting to note that I have only surpass the 1700 ELO mark on 4 occasions, 2x this year and 1x in 2011. Hopefully this means that I"m on the right track to understanding this beautiful game bett... | Read More

    • How to improve chess

      First of all thanks to everyone who read my first blog, it's time for a new one. This one is about how I improved my chess? Our coach told me several things which I want to share 1)If anybody is playing Black he must not copy white's move, becaus... | Read More

    • Pandolfini's Chess Challenges #3

      The following exercises are for the students of KLA Chess Club, of Keiller Leadership Academy, a title I  K-8 charter public school located in San Diego, CA. Chess is offered as an everyday class for middle school students and as an after school... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • pin; a way to win

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    Pins are a way to win because the piece checks the king and the knight, bishop, rook or queen can block it.This is a severe weakness becase if  the pinner is less valueable than the blocker,the pinner can capture the blocker and get a bigger va... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • K R MA

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    Okay, I know how it says K R MA, but it really stood for King+Rook Mate. So, what you do is you put your king somewhere in the middle below the rank of the rook, and the other king is one rank above. It's hard to explain, but a diagram might help.... Read More »

  • King and Queens Indians

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    The king and queens indians is aattack a defence and a opening. It starts with a knight moveing the the other then move pawn,pawn,pawn,pawn now all is protcted ecsept the knights now you have a pawn stucture and knight at full use you can use this... Read More »

  • Halloween Gambit

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      Halloween Gambit Moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5 ECO C47 Parent Four Knights Game Synonym(s) Müller-Schulze Gambit The Halloween Gambit, also known as the... Read More »