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  • Clash of Champions: Tal vs. Botvinnik

    Mikhail Botvinnik had regained the world championship in 1958, but soon after the chess world's attention was captured by the rapid ascent of a young player with an unusually sharp and creative style: the Latvian Mikhail Tal.  Frequently ma... | Read More

  • The Bill Gates Variation

    How many of you could get a winning position against Magnus Carlsen after just eight moves of play? How many chess players in the world could do it? I know one of them, and his name is Bill Gates! Image: NRK/YouTube Not only did he achiev... | Read More

  • The Velimirovic's Guide to the Modern Benoni, Part Two

    Today we'll continue learning typical ideas of the Modern Benoni using Velimirovic's games. But first, I would like to address the concern of one of our readers who, in his comments, expressed disappointment that none of Velimirovic's opponents pl... | Read More

  • The Velimirovic's Guide to the Modern Benoni

    In last week's article we discussed the chess heritage of GM Dragoljub Velimirovic. You probably noticed that all the games used for the article shared the same opening - the Sicilian Defense. This is, of course, not a coincidence s... | Read More

  • Requiem for a Romantic

    Chess is a reflection of life. Our modern lives go faster and so too do the time controls we play today. When I tell kids that I played the so-called Capablanca's time control (two hours and 30 minutes for the first 40 moves) and then the game wou... | Read More


    • 2014 Week 8 Review: Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Miami Sharks

      Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Miami Sharks 1-3 GM Niclas Huschenbeth (2603) - GM Julio Becerra (2626) 0.5-0.5 View Game GM Larry Kaufman (2391) - GM Renier Gonzalez (2510) 0.5-0.5 View Game NM Jared Defibaugh (2325) - NM Federico Gonzalez (2315) 0-... | Read More

    • Making a full point out of a rather lost position

      This is a last roung game I played against a very talented Greek youngster. (yesterday!). White came out of the opening (a Modern Benoni) with a clear positional advantange. However, after my bitter experience a couple of rounds earlier (where I... | Read More

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    • My World Open: Fireworks and Falling Short

      Good time of day to you my dear chess friends, As promised in my last post on analysis in the Scandinavian, I am here to day to bring you some analysis of interesting games and positions from my games at the World Open U2000 played during the fou... | Read More

    • One Lucky Step Closer: Chicago Open 2014

      It's been awhile since my last tournament (October of last year), and I expected going in to the Chicago Open this year to be completely out of form.  My only "training" was in the week prior to the event, when I did a few hours of tactics traini... | Read More

    • Daily Live Chess Digest - 2014/05/29

      Welcome to this Blog post :-) I upload 3 videos of blitz chess games every day, free on Youtube to watch. Once in a while I also add a rapid game (15 Min per player), all with live comments of course.    A Modern Benoni Sämisch setup is alwa... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • Chess

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    Chess is a game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64 square board.The earliest known ancestor of modern chess was an Indian game called Chaturanga, where the knight, King and Rooks moved the same but ... Read More »

  • Robatsch Defence

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    In the Robatsch Defense, named after Karl Robatsch, also known as the Modern Defense, Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns on d4 and e4. Black's hope is to attack and undermine White's "ideal" position without directly attempting to... Read More »

  • Hopkins Gambit

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    The Hopkins Gambit is a variant of the Ruy Lopez. Experimented with during the late 19th century, the Gambit is not generally accepted and is rarely seen in modern competition. It is named after Richard Hopkins, an amateur player who is first know... Read More »

  • The English Opening

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    This Chess opening involves the first move c4, (called The English Opening because a group of English players in around the 1890's often played it, including Howard Staunton), it is played as one of the main opening choices for white- an alternati... Read More »