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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


    • Slaying 'the Vulture'

      Recently i played an interesting game with an opening variation i did not know before. the opening turned out to be "the vulture" variation of the modern Benoni. It think the opening and its ideas are interesting and relatively unknown to many a... | Read More

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      • | Feb 23, 2015
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    • Building an opening repertoire

      From time to time chess players ask me help with building an opening repertoire. My opinion is that one should find out the following : What your strong and weak chess skills are. What chess positions you feel comfortable with, and apply that on... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Feb 21, 2015
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    • A tribute to GM Daniel Campora

      Many years ago when I was quite busy looking at annotated chess games in the Informators and NIC yearbooks and several chess magazines (I got a "Schaaknieuws" subscription by postal mail), there were a few rather unknown chess heros, apart from th... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Feb 7, 2015
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    • Two Modern Benoni games

      From a friend that showed me those games today. Modern Benoni was played more often many years ago until Garry Kasparov won a crushing game against John Nunn. After that only very few top players, like Gashimov, played the Modern Benoni, with th... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Jan 26, 2015
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    • Obi-Wan Ben-Oni

      Today a friend showed me two slow control chess games with Modern BenOni. Many years ago I spend loads of time studying, analyzing, and playing the MB opening. I had a little booklet by David Norwood (then IM, now GM). The BenOni was my true love ... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Jan 26, 2015
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Video Lessons



  • Chess

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    Chess is a world-famous game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64-square board of alternating colors (black and white, or, most commonly, light and dark). The earliest known ancestor of modern chess ... Read More »

  • Benko Gambit

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    The Benko Gambit is characterized by the move 3...b5 in the Benoni Defense arising after: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 c53. d5 b5 The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) has three codes for the Benko Gambit: A57 3...b5 A58 3...b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 A59 3... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »