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  • More Inexperienced Player Mistakes

    In last week's article, we saw that breaking the classical rules of play in the openings is one of the cardinal sins of less experienced players. Another common problem that you can find in their games is missing basic tactical ideas. ... | Read More

  • Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

    [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More

  • Inexperienced Player Mistakes

    The World Youth Championship that took place in Greece last month was a great showcase of the best young chess players from all around the world. It also demonstrated the typical mistakes many young players make. While today we are going to... | Read More

  • Your Holiday Chess Buying Guide

    Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits, including better memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and more. (10 Big Benefits of P... | Read More

  • Professor of Chess

    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1819)      Jacob Henry Sarratt, born in 1772, worked primarily as schoolmaster but was much better known for his avocations which, of course, included chess.      After Philidor's death, Verdoni (along with Leg... | Read More

    • Dutch Defence A80 1. d4 f5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bg5 d5

      Unravelling Chessbase Magazine 169 sees the 3rd highlight as GM l'Ami video presentation of the Dutch Defence (ECO A80). Admittedly I'm not one to delve deeply into opening analysis, but there is simply a wealth of thematic ideas in an opening I d... | Read More

    • Openings aren't everything.

      Openings aren't everything.  Tactics play a huge role in chess games.   Here is a game that is still going on, but white is clearly winning, because of tactical sight. I am not a professional, my annotations aren't of the level of top player... | Read More

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    • Chess Openings

      Preface: The very first opening that I used was the King's Knight Opening (includes Gunderam Defence, Greco Defence, Damiano Defence, Elephant Gambit, and Latvian Gambit.) Constant practice and understanding the basics really help me a lot to know... | Read More

    • Chess Improvement By Dan Heisman

      I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to improve in chess.  If you are trying to get more rating and can't figure out why you keep losing regardless of how many opening traps you learned then this is the book for you!  Ever wonder if th... | Read More

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      • | Nov 28, 2015
    • Black Plays The Wing Gambit

      FYI: In chess Wing Gambit is a generic name given to openings in which White plays an early b4, deflecting an enemy pawn or bishop from c5 so as to regain control of d4, an important central square. (Or in which Black plays ...b5, but Wing Gambit... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • King's Indian Defense

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    King's Indian Defense belongs to the Indian Defense family of openings and is characterised by the early fianchetoeing of the black dark-squared bishop on g7. It is a sharp opening and it has always been a very popular choice for black ever ... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence

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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 cont... Read More »

  • Mark's Opening

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    Mark's Opening is a chess opening characterized by the moves 1   d4  Nf6 2 Nc3   d5 3 Bf4   This position can also be reached by transposition (the move order isn't important). The advantages of the opening include fast piece develo... Read More »

  • The Four Knights Opening

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    The Four Knights is one of the most popular openings in the world. It has been used millions of times by amateurs and grandmasters alike. The Four Knights opening is fairly simple, starting with 1. e4 e5, then bringing the four knights out onto th... Read More »

  • Black Knight's Tango

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    The Black Knights' Tango (also known as the Mexican Defense or Kevitz–Trajkovic Defense) is a chess opening beginning with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 Nc6This position can also be reached by transposition, for example 1.c4 Nf6, 1.d4 ... Read More »