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  • 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

  • The Scandinavian Defense: Modern Play

    In part 1 of "The Scandinavian Defense: A History," we learned about the earliest beginnings of the Scandinavian Defense, and also saw some games with the slightly less usual 2...Nf6 in response to 2.exd5. Now we will see how the Scandinavi... | 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

  • Do You Need To Study Junk Openings?

    Some chess players love to play offbeat openings. I knew one class-A player who was a die-hard devotee of the Vulture Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 Ne4?!). He was showing me a book (why do they kill trees to publish such books?) that explaine... | 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

    • How not to play against the alapin

      Okay, today I want to look at an Alapin game I played where the opponent plays 2. ... e5. [1. e4 c5 2. c3 e5].   The purpose of this blog post is to demonstrate why this is not a good defense and secondarilly how difficult it is psychologically... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Mar 29, 2015
    • 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. Rating Scale: 500-2700 The Above Diagram is the Starting Position of the Marshall Attack. I... | Read More

    • A big upset at the Marshall chess club!

      W:Frank Bloise (1493) vs. B:Ted Belanoff (2242), Marshall Chess Club, Rd.1, Bd. 7, 3/26/15 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 e6 4.Bb5 a6 5.Ba4 b5 6.Bc2 Bb7 7.d3 Nge7 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 Rac8 10.Be3 Ncb4 11.Bd3 g6 12.a3 NxBd3+ 13.QxNd3 d5 14.Nbd2 Bg7 15.0-0 0-0 ... | Read More

      • micaman994
      • | Mar 27, 2015
    • Playing Against the Sicilian with the Alapin Variation - Part 1

      Hello Chess Fans,   If you've been following along, I've covered How White should Play against most of Black's responses to 1.e4.  Today we will cover White's rebuttal to the most frequently played variation and one of Black's strongest defens... | Read More

    • Frank Marshall the Legend-2

            Frank James Marshall  (August 10, 1877 - November 9, 1944) In my previous blog about Frank Marshall. I wanted to give a very brief intro on some of his achievements and showed one of his most Notable games ever played with some ba... | Read More

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