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  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

  • How To Battle The Caro-Kann

    In the previous two articles, I have discussed the earliest beginnings of the Caro-Kann Defense as well as later usage and developments. In this third part of the four-part series, I will discuss the various methods White has evolved to oppose the... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 3

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? For those that want the full introductory prose, please go to part one of this series. For the busy masses who have things to do and places to go, here’s a nutshe... | Read More

  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • The Northern Gambit

    The Northern Gambit   The moves of the  Danish or Northern Gambit are 1. e4 e5  2. d4 exd4 3. c3 -   after which Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3 or decline it in a variety of ways. The Danish or Northern Gambit      As t... | Read More

    • Sadly, the US is Struggling to Find 5 Chess Strong

      The 2015 World Team Chess Championship is taking place in Armenia next month. As it looks now, the US is not sending the three best players, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So and Gata Kamsky (the world’s #3, #7 and #61 respectively) to the event. Thus ... | Read More

    • Frank Marshall the Legend-3

      The last line I am going to talk about which Frank Marshall created is known as: Marshall Attack/Gambit This line is played with the black pieces. Starting Position Rating Scale: 500-2700 Introduction: The name of the line white is playin... | Read More

    • Hmm

      People are either really good or really bad at chess on this website. I'm a little disappointed that my ranking hasn't gone up, even though I won a few times by resignation. I could have completely won the game in a few more moves. *sigh*  I'm s... | Read More

    • Metal Chess

      Hola a todos! Es la primera vez que escribo en el blog, recién lo estoy descubriendo. Recién descubrí que se podía cambiar el fondo de pantalla y elegí como "tema" Metal Chess; no lo elegí porque me gustaba el "tema" (así se le dice a la co... | Read More

    • Checklist for Candidate Moves

      I keep making silly errors and falling into tactics because I rush into moves and don't think adequately about what the opponent is setting up. I've tried to set up a checklist for myself that I go through before I make each and every move in hop... | Read More

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      • | Mar 28, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • Castling

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    Castling is the only time in the game when more than one piece may be moved during a turn.  Castling can only occur if there are no pieces standing between the king and the rook.  Neither king nor rook may have moved from its original position.... Read More »

  • 2 rooks checkmate

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    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • kings cryochaber

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    well, lets continue what we were at- more ways to win. well, the topics kings cryochaber. the topic means, of course, the positive way of attackind and defending kings. So go along wth the moves: e4 e5 ng3 nf6 (the next moves carries your own gam... Read More »

  • Pawn

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    The new pawn move, advancing two squares on its first move instead of one, was first introduced in Spain in 1280.  Starting a game by making two pawn moves before the opponent moved was common in Germany and Holland up to the 16th century, and st... Read More »