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  • Spicy Gambits

    Gambits are an important part of chess. Although most of them come from White’s initiative, there are also many sound counter gambits for Black that have developed over time. Understanding how to play with and against gambits is important fo... | Read More

  • The Caro-Kann: Modern Times

    In part 1 of this series on the Caro-Kann, I discussed the earliest beginnings of the opening, the origin of the name, and its first adoption by top players. It is always fascinating to learn about the beginnings of these openings, which today see... | 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

  • The Scandinavian Defense: Modern Play

    In part 1 of "The Scandinavian Defense: A History," we learned about the earliest beginnings of the Scandinavian Defense, and also saw some games with the slightly less usual 2...Nf6 in response to 2.exd5. Now we will see how the Scandinavi... | Read More

  • Find Your Own "Miracle" Opening!

    The year was 1985.  Garry Kasparov just became the world champion, and together with his mentor, ex-world champion Mikhail Botvinnik, he was running the first session of the famous Botvinnik-Kasparov school. A group of young aspiring c... | Read More


    • Another method to reach 2000 USCF, Part 2: Openings for White

      Let's get into more detail about my method. Know your openings thoroughly! Surprise! Openings are important at all levels. Well, unless you happen to be more talented than your opponent. But I’m assuming that some of my readers are not talente... | Read More

    • Another method to reach 2000 USCF, Part 1

      By Andre Harding USCF Expert since 2008, USCF Candidate Master since 2011. 2009 U.S. Expert Class Champion This is my first blog post, though I have been on chess.com for years. There will be at least a couple of more parts to this series, but... | Read More

    • Saved by Peter Svidler

      Have you ever spent time working on your opening repertoire only to discover your results get worse instead of better? Having recently put a lot of effort into studying the Gruenfeld, I was optimistic about a new thematic tournament on Chess.com i... | Read More

    • NEW! 7th Simul with Awards!

      Hello everyone! Here is the post about new, seventh simul which will be held at May 24. I'm already had an experience of six awesome events, experimenting with recording it as well as trying to find interesting and useful puzzles to solve in eac... | Read More

    • Typical mistake: studying the opening wrong (and too much!)

      When we play a game and we find ourselves lost for plans, we often try to solve this problem by studying the opening of that game.   This is not the best way to study this!   By "study", see if you can relate to any of the following: You st... | Read More

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  • 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 »

  • East Indian Defence

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    The East Indian Defence is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. Nf3 g6[1] This opening has a close kinship to the more-common King's Indian Defence and is often considered a variant thereof. The difference is that Whi... Read More »