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  • 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

  • 0 - 2000. A roadmap of chess knowledge.

    First I must make a disclaimer. The following list is based on nearly thirty years of playing and grinding my way up through the ranks as well as coaching chess to players in these ranks for nearly twenty years. The list is still highly subjective... | Read More

  • Your Chess Improvement is my job! I can and do help!

    It was two years ago today I join chess.com but I remained inactive until April of 2012. It was on November 14, 2011 that I launched my YouTube video program designed to improve your chess play. Since that time I've created over 300 public videos ... | Read More

  • Ernest Morphy, Chess King of New Orleans

         Ernest Morphy was Paul Morphy's uncle.     Ernest Morphy was probably also young Paul's greatest admirer. Besides sending Paul's games (and his only chess problem) to various publications, in Europe as well as in America, Ernest also... | Read More

  • You can and will improve your chess play!

    It is my goal to give back to the chess world every single bit of knowledge I have acquired about the game, without exception. Chess has been a major part of my life and it's time for me to share. How can you be a part of this? Please read on for ... | Read More


    • The Four C's - Ruy Lopez

      I felt it a good idea to examine one of the oldest openings in chess, the Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Game), using the Four C's approach. The idea is to get a sense of where the pieces want and need to move in this particular opening. As we know the f1 ... | Read More

      • LaCiCaDa
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    • Scandinavian Move By Move

      The Scandinavian: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala is a very good opening book for people looking to learn a fairly aggressive opening without having to acquire a lot of theory. Unlike other Scandinavian books, the author concentrates on the Queen ... | Read More

      • BWhited
      • | Apr 17, 2014
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    • How to achive 1200 Elo at chess.com

      How to achive 1200 Elo points at chess.com If you can’t control the game, you will lose it.   Abstract This article was written for amateur players who wants to improve their chess skills and achive at chess.com 1200 Elo points. I will di... | Read More

      • supernovex
      • | Apr 15, 2014
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    • How to Identify basic mates ?

      After my previous articles on basic mating patterns and basic tactics puzzles, I hope you'll have a some understanding of how to approach middle game chess. Finding tactics, seeing how vulnerable the enemy king is, which piece can attack the ki... | Read More

    • Knights and rooks to win

      Here I made a silly early mistake, playing 5. ...a6 for the Najdorf, and then immediately 6. ...g6, which makes no sense. It gets me into hot water early on, but white is unable to capitalise, and slowly but surely I eke out an advantage, winning ... | Read More

      • john4000
      • | Apr 12, 2014
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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 »