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  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Chigorin Defense at the end of the 19th century.  In the following years, Chigorin used his defense many times and demonstrated its basic themes. Let's look at some of them. Black's play on t... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

  • 7 Dumb Chess Ideas To Avoid This Year

    We've kicked off a new year, but beginning chess players still play the same unsound chess ideas that have been tried by inexperienced players for decades. Unless their opponents are similarly new to the game, players relying on these unsophisti... | Read More

  • Chess.com University's College-like Chess Courses

    Chess.com University's courses offer a college-like chess learning experience. Unlike in Chess.com University seminars, only 10% to 15% of instruction in courses is delivered live. Previously taught courses are available in the independent-study f... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Botvinnik vs. Tal (1961 Rematch)

    Throughout the second half of 1960 and the first few months of 1961, the world had an unusual sort of champion. Throughout most of the history of chess, its world champions have been -- at least to a large extent -- pragmatic and balanced players.... | Read More


    • 4 years to become a chessmaster

      We all know that improving at chess requires time and dedication. But even when we do invest time and dedication in our chess development, success is not guaranteed. I know that as I've plateaued at 2000 (with a peak at 2100) for the past 15 years... | Read More

      • Boldchess
      • | Jan 27, 2015
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    • Late New Year's Chess Resolutions & Two Games

      I just went through the new year's resolutions I had blogged back in 2010, and sadly realized I haven't made much progress, really. In fact, I guess it would be fair to say my level of practical level has actually declined. The biggest factors wer... | Read More

    • Blitz: My breadth first opening tree (Black vs 1.e4, Main)

      This post contains "puzzles" which help me memorize the first few moves in my blitz opening repertoire with the Black pieces against 1.e4. The lines are recommendations from Gary Lane in his book "Ideas behind modern chess openings: Black", where ... | Read More

      • Pobble
      • | Jan 25, 2015
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    • 2015 Chess resolutions

      So after a decade of playing internet chess, I decided to take the plunge and went for my first chess lesson with a trainer. (A FIDE rated International Master ) It was great to finally talk serious chess face to face with a person.  The meeting ... | Read More

    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 2

      Read part 1 here. In 1905, I visited Warsaw and Lodz. In Warsaw, I visited the Semadani Cafe, the city's chess center. I remember meeting Poland's strongest players. First of all, I should name the elderly chess veteran Szymon Winawer. He was ... | Read More




  • Orangutan opening

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    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 »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... Read More »

  • Algebraic notation

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    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 »

  • Latvian Gambit

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    The Latvian gambit would begin 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-f5 creating a kind of reverse King's Gambit as Black. It is generally a less used gambit for its potential difficulties with king's side attacks from White, as well as its conflicts with some theoretic... 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 contro... Read More »