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  • Saving Chess With The a-Pawn

    The first part of this article has brought a great response and many reader suggestions. But I have a confession to make. It was a totally tongue-in-cheek article and I am surprised that the majority of our readers took it for face ... | Read More

  • Alekhine's Defense: World Championship Openings

    Alexander Alekhine won the title from Jose Raul Capablanca in their 1927 match. The Franco-Russian master had an unusually wide opening repertoire compared to the earlier champions, and he loved to experiment with different openings. So while A... | Read More

  • Shadow Pictures of the Vienna Players

         The Vienna Chess Tournament of 1898, one of many tournaments sponsored by Albert von Rothschild, ran from May 31 to July 25 and was played at the Vienna Chess Club.  It attracted many strong and now-famous masters. Tarrasch and Pillsb... | Read More

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: 'Never Good'

    Chess.com fans have marveled at my uncanny ability to play pathetic chess, and yet win all the same. That won’t be the case today. Unlike the first two games featured in this column, this next game boasts the logical and just conclusion of... | Read More

  • The Rubinstein Maneuver

    "A master cogitates carefully, perhaps a half-hour on a move. Finally, he chooses the correct square for the correct piece and places it there. A grand master is much more skillful. He hardly thinks at all; he throws the piece into the air and it ... | Read More


    • Atlantic Open: Day 1

      Hi everyone, I just finished the first day of the Atlantic Open. After taking a break from tournament chess after the World Open in early July, I made my return in the U1900 section. I was feeling pretty relaxed heading into Round 1, which was str... | Read More

    • Fear in Chess and How to Overcome It Part Two: The Fried Liver

      Sometimes I wonder about Fischer's ideas. Seems like they don't see the light of day much. Early in his life and throughout his career, Fischer was known for his astonishing play. He was aggressive, but he knew the endgame well, and he was invinci... | Read More

    • Firestorming the f-file

      Black unwisely permits the early opening of the f-file - grist for the King's Gambiteer's mill! | Read More

    • Red Lantana

      Red Lantana by Roland de Jesus   I picked up the book and started reading, And noticed a fine, legible script in the margins, Of thoughtful, careful notes, From the hand of a Lady.   Intrigued by her words, I read on, And closing ... | Read More

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    • 3rd game of US chess

      This was my game from 3rd round, it was a Sicilian Dragon, I had a better position in the endgame but quickly blundered. The opening was normal, but I made an interseting move with ...Bxh6 allowing the queen to come to h6.  | Read More


Video Lessons



  • 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 »

  • Modern Benoni

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    The Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns... Read More »

  • Old Indian Defense

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    The Old Indian Defense is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 d6This opening is distinguished from the King's Indian Defense by Black developing his king's bishop on e7 rather than the fianchetto at g7. Mikhail Chigo... Read More »