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  • The Anti-Sicilians

    Are you tired of tackling the Sicilian Defense as White? There are just so many variations — The Dragon, the Najdorf, the Sveshnikov, the Scheveningen... It's exhausting! There are so many variations and ideas you have to know if you do... | Read More

  • Ben Finegold's Road To GM Video Series

    Explore the rise to GM by Ben Finegold in this fun series. Learn how a strong master earns the coveted grandmaster title, experiencing the highs and lows along with GM Finegold himself. You might be surprised by the kind of preparation it tak... | Read More

  • The Scandinavian Defense: A History

    The time has come to look at the history of perhaps the first chess opening: the Scandinavian Defense.  Also known as the Center-Counter, the Scandinavian Defense can be viewed as the most direct and forcing counter to 1.e4. The intrep... | Read More

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Smith-Morra Gambit.  As the Smith-Morra began to encounter strong players, a variety of different responses developed. In the early days, declining the gambit was actually quite popular. In fact, ... | Read More

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History

    For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More

    • Chess Openings

      Preface: The very first opening that I used was the King's Knight Opening (includes Gunderam Defence, Greco Defence, Damiano Defence, Elephant Gambit, and Latvian Gambit.) Constant practice and understanding the basics really help me a lot to know... | Read More

    • St. Louis Showdown Photos

      The first photo is of Lulu, one of the club staff at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis @ccscsl. Last weekend I travelled to see the scene during the rapid and blitz rounds of the 2015 Showdown. The top two Americans (who sport the ... | Read More

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      • | Nov 22, 2015
    • Día Mundial del Ajedrez. Nov. 19.

      Dia Mundial de Ajedrez  “El Ajedrez como el amor y la música tiene el poder de hacer feliz al hombre” Siegbert Tarrasch. Día Internacional Del Ajedrez El 19 de noviembre fue consagrado día mundial del Ajedrez en honor a José Raúl Capa... | Read More

    • More Morra gambit adventures

      Been playing Morra gambit with white again since a few days. Today something funny happened. Twice the same opponent, and my opponent came up with an improvement after the first game. After that white won with brute force, ending with a funny ch... | Read More

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      • | Oct 19, 2015
    • How NOT to play the "Anti-Sicilian with no name"

      I don't want to step into the controversial argument of whether or not "blitz chess kills your ideas" (Fischer), but at least from my experience, blitz chess and classical chess are different and I feel as if I need to shift gears before attemptin... | Read More

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  • Smith-Morra Gambit

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      The Smith-Morra Gambit (or simply Morra Gambit) is a gambit against the Sicilian Defence distinguished by the moves 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3. It is not common in grandmaster games, but at club level chess it can be an excellent weapo... Read More »

  • Smith, Ken

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    Ken Smith (1930-1999) was a Texas master who founded Chess Digest in 1962.  In 1954 he won the British Open and the British Blitz Championship while stationed in England as an Air Force enlisted man.  He was not given a prize because he ... Read More »