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  • 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

  • Mastering Squares, Part 2

    In part one, I discussed a game that I feel is extremely instructive. There were opening nuances, tactics, and the usual highs and lows. But the main thing that fueled the game’s soul was the existence of two potentially weak squares on e5 a... | 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

  • Mastering Squares, Part 1

    When I have lessons with students, we usually go over their games. Invariably, the student comes to me thinking that the errors in the game are based on blunders, missed tactics, a bad opening, or some form of positional atrocity. Of course, thes... | Read More

  • 13 Songs With Chess Lyrics

    Chess and music have been linked throughout history. Both of these cerebral pursuits live at the intersection of science and art, and both are breeding grounds for amazing geniuses and prodigies. The logic, structure, and meaning of music can ... | Read More


    • italian game attack: evans gambit

      got this from  The Italian Game for beginners comprehensive e4 openings book: The Chess Advantage in Black and White | Read More

      • biffrod
      • | Jan 29, 2015
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    • Gibraltar Masters 2015. Fire On The Board

      January 27 has started a big chess festival comprising a powerful Open tournament, which takes place in the overseas territory of the UK - the picturesque Gibraltar. Photo Louis Cantillo. In the main event, you can see eight 2700+ GMs, includin... | Read More

    • The English (1. c4) -- both aggressive & prophylactic!

      I essentially make two arguments based on this recent game: (1) for the English opening as white and (2) for the power of prophylaxis (you never know where it's lurking; perhaps we should keep an eye out for it as we would, say, a capture-che... | Read More

      • eltenedor
      • | Jan 28, 2015
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    • Introduction to Najdorf Sicilian

      Introduction to Najdorf Sicilian (IM Jose Gascón)           The Najdorf Sicilian its probably the most popular defense of entire history of chess against 1.e4... The Najdorf starts after            The popularity of this defe... | Read More

      • JRgascon
      • | Jan 28, 2015
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    • Benko/Sicilian Hybrid!?

      Hello everyone! This past weekend I played in one of central Florida's biggest tournaments of the year: the Central Florida Class Championship. I ended up scoring 4/5 points, winning clear 2nd place and played many interesting games. The main one ... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Orangutan opening

    • 251 Reads
    • | 251 Reads

    This opening (1.b4), also known as Sokolsky's Opening or Polish Opening, got its name during the New York 1924 tournament, when grandmaster Tartakower visited the Bronx Zoo, encountering Suzan the orangutan.  The next day, in the 4th roun... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

    • 1561 Reads
    • | 1561 Reads

    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... Read More »

  • Algebraic notation

    • 35 Reads
    • | 35 Reads

    This article is about Algebric notation.First we will talk about what the pieces mean: K=king Q=queen R=rook B=bishop N=knight when pawns move,only the destination square is described. Here is an example of an opening with algebric notation... Read More »

  • Latvian Gambit

    • 0 Reads
    • | 0 Reads

    The Latvian gambit would begin 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-f5 creating a kind of reverse King's Gambit as Black. It is generally a less used gambit for its potential difficulties with king's side attacks from White, as well as its conflicts with some theoretic... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence

    • 305 Reads
    • | 305 Reads

    The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking contro... Read More »