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  • The Paulsen Sicilian: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.  Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Read More

  • A Potpourri of Traps

    Why study traps?      There are several good reasons why studying traps might be considered important. First, of course, to avoid becoming a victim of one.  Second is to recognize when the opportunity of gaining a quick victory appears.  B... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, December 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Carlsen-Anand “This Bulletin focuses on the World Championship — especially the featured article and the opening articl... | Read More

  • Chess.com: 1 Billion Games Served

    How many games have been played on Chess.com? OK, so maybe Dr. Evil asked for 100 billion, but we're getting there. A billion is a big number. If one game started every second, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly 32 years to get to a billio... | Read More

  • Review: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5

    If you were to ask a hundred grandmasters to name the most difficult chess variation about which to write an opening book, my guess is that the 6 Bg5 Najdorf would be the frontrunner. It is perhaps the most analysed line in chess history, the pi&e... | Read More


    • Friendly Game Gets Serious

      I played a co-worker in a friendly game of chess before our shift started. We got into a fairly docile opening, 1. e4 e5 2. d3 Nc6 3. Nf3 Bc5 4. Be3 Qe7... I can't exactly trace the rest of the opening moves but we had tangled a bit with the dark ... | Read More

      • LaCiCaDa
      • | Dec 18, 2014
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    • Opening

      regain pawn once taken by your opponent | Read More

      • Ronliv
      • | Dec 18, 2014
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    • Good King Hunting

      One of the biggest thrills in chess is getting the chance to conduct a king hunt successfully (unless you happen to be the party getting hunted down, of course). The most famous example (and rightly so) is the Kasparov-Topalov, Wijk Ann Zee ... | Read More

      • juniortay
      • | Dec 18, 2014
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    • JVQZLUIS vs. lebesgue72: French defense

      Hi! This is a game I recently played here, live. It's been a while since I've played or posted. There's a deployment of the white bishop in the beginning that I'm unsure of. I wonder if I should have considered queen checks on the e-file more than... | Read More

      • lebesgue72
      • | Dec 17, 2014
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    • Lancaster vs. University Match

      Monday 1st December, I played my first game representing Lancaster University (where I now study). The match was against Lancaster A in the local league; so a 4 board team match! I got the opportunity to play on Board 1, which gave me Black again... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Dec 17, 2014
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      • | 1 comment

Video Lessons



  • Latvian Gambit

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    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
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    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 »

  • Queen's Indian Defense

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    The Queen's Indian Defense (QID) is defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e63. Nf3 b6 The opening is a solid defense to the Queen's Pawn Game. 3...b6 increases Black's control over the central light squares e4 and d5 by preparing to fianche... Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

    • 1773 Reads
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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... Read More »