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  • The 8 Best Chess Apps

    The mobile platform now dominates the Internet. Many more YouTube videos are watched on mobile devices (mostly smartphones) than on desktop and laptop computers combined. Two months ago, Google announced that the majority of its search... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Need For Real-World Chess

    We already know that you can take and its mobile app to play chess anywhere, but sometimes there’s nothing like playing on a real board with real pieces. If you’re lucky, you can try your hand at giant bullet chess, but eve... | Read More

  • 7 Dumb Chess Ideas To Avoid This Year

    We've kicked off a new year, but beginning chess players still play the same unsound chess ideas that have been tried by inexperienced players for decades. Unless their opponents are similarly new to the game, players relying on these unsophisti... | Read More

  • The 10 Weirdest Chess Sets

    The last two weeks, we looked at the chess pieces most and least likely to survive the game. Most of the time, those chess pieces will be the normal Staunton tournament set we all know so well. When playing online, though, you can choose ... | Read More

  • Move by Move Chess Improvement: Recognizing what is demanded of the position

    This is the opening issue of my new series Move by Move Chess Improvement I have chosen to analyze a game in which Black misunderstood the most important plan of the position and what followed were some missed opportunities from both sides ... | Read More

    • Pavel Eljanov – The Player That Turned Baku Upside Down

      Check out my original post here. If you followed the World Cup before the Svidler v. Karjakin final earlier this week, then one name you’ve definitely seen in the media is Pavel Eljanov. Besides winning his first 6 classical games, he managed... | Read More

    • Personal Lesson in Keeping the Tension

      I previously analysed a game I played, critical of how I did not prepare my attack and promptly was punished in a counter attack.    I submitted the game ... | Read More

    • Tactical Training Mistakes

      Mid September 2015 highlighted a number of holes in my tactics and calculation.   I've recorded my attempts at Blokh's Combinational Motives, made a note of which ones I got incorrect and have attempted to improve my understanding of the pos... | Read More

    • My road towards becoming a master

      I am on a mission to raise my rating to 2200 in the next 6 months, so I felt that to do this I need to be beating masters instead of settling for draws and beating up on class players. I have felt that I have had the raw skills to become a mast... | Read More

      • RobKing
      • | Sep 16, 2015
    • Staff Profiles: Erik

      This is part of series of posts to help people get to know the team better. Today, we meet the guy who started and still runs it today: Erik!     Who are you? My name is Erik. I’m 38 years old and I live in Bay Area,... | Read More

      • webmaster
      • | Sep 14, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Maurian, Charles Amedee

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    Charles Amedee Maurian was born on May 21, 1838.  He was the closest and life-long friend of Paul Morphy.  They attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama together where Morphy taught Maurian how to play chess in 1853-54.  In 1... Read More »