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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


    • Good Games, Bad Games (Recap of my games in the 2015 Alabama Quick & Blitz Championships)

      Last Saturday I participated in two USCF tournaments. The first was the Alabama Quick Chess Championship. The second was the Alabama Blitz Chess Championship. In this blog post I analyze my games from the Quick Championship and briefly recap the b... | Read More

      • SJFG
      • | Jun 30, 2015
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    • That age old question -- Should I resign?

      If you've been hanging around in the forums at all, it's certainly not uncommon to find a forum regarding whether or not to resign.   It's a raging war, it seems, with folks on either one side of the coin or the other.   Many say that you should... | Read More

    • A Better Way to Remeber Openings

      We are what we repeatedly do. - Aristotle   How often do you study an opening line: say the best responses to all Black's 6th move alternatives in the Tolush-Geller Gambit in the Slav Defense. You spend perhaps hours looking though the databas... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Jun 27, 2015
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    • October 13, 2014 (KIA)

      In this game, I blundered a pawn in the opening, but got it back with interest in the middle game.  My isolated d-pawn became a threat to promote, and was the decisive factor in the end. | Read More

      • rkd1
      • | Jun 22, 2015
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    • My Journey to 1800

           June is almost over and my USCF rating is at 1406. My goal is to be playing like an 1800 by the time the first rated tournament of the 2015-2016 school year comes around in mid-September. That means that I have almost three months to impr... | 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 »