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  • Cross-Pins

         Cross-pins or double pins are names for a rare and particularly interesting tactic.  Under certain conditions it can also be called the St. Andrew's Cross, counter-pins and combination pins.      A cross-pin can be absolute, r... | Read More

  • Beware Of Alekhine's Gun

    The 1930 San Remo International was a rather one-sided affair. World Champion Alexander Alekhine stormed through the field, winning 13 games and conceding only two draws. Yet this tournament is remembered not for Alekhine's magisterial performance... | Read More

  • 10 Bad Habits In "Searching For Bobby Fischer"

    It is time for the big national scholastic tournaments here in the U.S., and that means that we are going to witness thousands of kids making similar mistakes on and off the chess board. A clear sign of a person getting older is when he starts c... | Read More

  • More Ways To Battle The Caro-Kann

    Last week, we discussed the first few options to fight against Black's Caro-Kann.  Now let's take a look at some of the most important ways White can respond to this opening. The Advance Variation: The line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 has... | 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

    • 20 Minute Training Lesson: Calculating in the Opening

      Training tip: Start Calculating as early as possible.   A lesson I work with my students from the very beginning is to be playing the opening as if it is the "opening game," similar to the middlegame and endgame. Many players view the opening a... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | May 17, 2015
    • Queen's Indian - Nimzowitsch Variation, White plays 5. b3

      Today, in our ongoing series on the Queen’s Indian, we look again at the Nimzowitsch Variation but where White plays 5. b3. Last time we looked at 5. Qa4 which I called a positional mistake but SmyslovFan disagreed with and supplied a game playe... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | May 11, 2015
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    • A Common Master Move is Wrong (Nimzowitsch Attack)

      Queen's Indian - Nimzowitsch Variation, Nimzowitsch Attack In the last few Queen's Indians, we looked at an introduction to the Queen's Indian, then we looked at the King's Bishop Fianchetto. We then looked intensely at two options for Black aft... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | May 9, 2015
    • Pulling out the Scotch

      As I sip on a little bit of Johnnie Walker in a toast to my worthy opponent, I keep thinking there is nothing like a good Scotch (and Scotch game). My opponent put up quite a fight, but I managed to squeak by. He lost some time trying to find an e... | Read More

    • My System Walkthrough (1,2) - The Open File

      Part 1: The Elements 2. The Open File   1. Introduction, general comments The Open file is the cornerstone of "My System". It may be considered the favourite "child" of Nimzowitsch's conceptual imagination. The main objective of the open fil... | Read More

      • Spartycus
      • | May 1, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... Read More »

  • Van't Krujis Opening

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    The Van't Kruijs[1] Opening (Dutch pronunciation: [vɑn ət ˈkrœys]) is a chess opening defined by the move: 1. e3It is named after the Amsterdam player Maarten van't Kruijs (1813–85) who won the sixth Dutch championship in 1878.... Read More »

  • Torre-Repetto, Carlos

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    Carlos Torre Repetto (1905-1978) was Mexico's first grandmaster (1977).  He was born in Merida, Yucatan.  Torre won the Louisiana championship at New Orleans 1923. He was first at Detroit 1924, followed by Samuel Factor, Herman H. Hahlbohm, ... Read More »

  • Prophylaxis

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    In chess, Prophylaxis means guarding or preventing a move before it is made. A prophylactic move usually haults the opponent from taking action in an area. One example of prophylaxis is, when the king is buried behind a wall of pawns, moving a paw... Read More »