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  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

  • How To Play The Najdorf Against The Adams Attack

    In Playing Against The Najdorf: The Adams Attack, we saw how an obscure small move (6.h3) was developed as an answer to another small move (5...a6 -- the Najdorf), which had, paradoxically, become the most popular opening in chess. The so-called... | Read More

  • Exclusive Peek: Modernized: The Open Sicilian

      Modernized: The Open Sicilian by IM Zhanibek Amanov & FM Kostya Kavutskiy This book is the second in the Modernized series, as last year MetroChess released Modernized: The King's Indian Defense&nbs... | Read More

  • An Incidental Champion

         Some men and women are clearly champions and reach the pinnacle of their field in an almost predictable manner. Some are champion material, but the fates have conspired against them, keeping them from reaching the very top.  Still other... | Read More

  • Mastering Squares, Part 6

    In our study of squares we’ve looked mainly at amateur games and how a “tiny” thing like a square is often ignored, while tactics, threats and attacks are always part of the amateur’s mind. This brings up an interesting q... | Read More


    • Chess Coaching

      I really love chess. I play it not for money. But I offer you coach opportunity. I'm not titled, but I'm strong amateur. I use top engines, chessbooks for analysis. So what I can do: Train your blitz, bullet and rapid. Train your general skills o... | Read More

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    • Playing Against the Latvian Gambit

      As we continue to review common responses by black to 1.e4 we find another "Surprise Opening"  that's seen more often in correspondence chess than in Master play - The Latvian Gambit - characterised by the moves 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5. It resembles ... | Read More

    • Blackmar-Diemer Gambit [5]

      BLACKMAR-DIEMER GAMBIT [5] Ziegler Defence 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 (exf3 5.Nxf3 c6)   INDEX 1. Introduction 2. Game with analysis 3. Complete text of the analysis of the game 4. Conclusion 5. Other blogs of mine on this open... | Read More

    • The Evaluation of Material Imbalances

      Every novice soon learns a table of [DH: "average"] material value for the pieces, the most popular being 1-3-3-5-9, but with a bit more experience he learns that this table is not always reliable. There are two reasons for this: one is that an ... | Read More

    • Better to understand your openings then to memorise

      I really enjoyed winning this game. I kept a good understanding of the position at all times which eventually resulted in a winning combination. Enjoy.  P.S Being a dad is so incredibly challenging and fun at the same time.  | Read More


Video Lessons



  • King's Indian Defense

    • 333 Reads
    • | 333 Reads

    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 »

  • Giuoco Piano

    • 188 Reads
    • | 188 Reads

    First known chess opening, according to the Gottingen manuscript (1490).  The opening is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5, and was given its name by Lolli.  The opening name is derived from Italian, meaning quiet game, in contrast to gambit openings.... 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. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »