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  • Vasily Smyslov And The Closed Sicilian

    Although Vasily Smyslov was only the world champion for one year, he is nevertheless remembered as among the greatest players ever, and his matches with Mikhail Botvinnik dominated chess in the 1950s. All in all, they played three matches, with ... | Read More

  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game member Nietsoj wrote: “I read your recent post where you answered a question about aiming for a 2000 rating. Just as so many other amateur players, I have the same goal, and I am wondering what a realistic training program would look ... | Read More

  • Alekhine's Defense: World Champion 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

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

  • The Modern Immortal By Wei Yi

    On March 1, 2013, at the age of 13 years and 8 months, Chinese super-talent Wei Yi earned his final grandmaster norm at the Reykjavik Open. I was deeply impressed by his games from the event, especially by his 33-move victory against Maxime Vachie... | Read More

    • From 1400 to 1500 : Greed

      Several lower rated players love to grab material. The less experienced, the easier the temptation to grab every pawn or piece. Some GMs like to grab material, but very often they know what they are doing. They evaluate the position, or they want... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Oct 6, 2015
    • The bloody London System

      Hey folks, in this post I wanna introduce the very solid, sound and reliable London System. Here I don't keep any secrets and share what I know on the system that brought me lovely 11.5 out of 12 games in 2015. So, let's start ! The most stan... | Read More

    • How to be a young chess Grand Master?

      Have you ever wondered how a boy/girl become a Chess grandmaster before 20 years of their age?   Do you want to know the secrets of their success? Want to make your child a Chess Grand Master? This blog is exactly written to cater your... | Read More

    • The Rise and Retirement of a Chess Master

      I don’t recall exactly how I learned to move the chess pieces. Given that I lived in a small suburb of Boston in the late 1970s, I’m sure it was from reading a book in the local library. Around the time I was in fifth grade, my dad saw somethi... | Read More

    • Open Ciutat de Badalona (dummies group, not the good one)

      Recently I played my second slow OTB tournament. Instead of having a post for every game, I'll put them all in a single post. This is more for my own reference than to publish them, as there's few interesting in them. You're warned, if you contin... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | Sep 5, 2015

  • 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 »