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  • Pawn Structure 101 Video Series

    The wait is finally over! You have tried every solution to fix those flabby pawn structures. You've cut every processed pawn from your diet. Yet, for some reason, you just cannot get rid of those doubled pawns! Finally, there is a better way! Fan... | Read More

  • Stop Making The Same Mistakes Over And Over

    In the movie Groundhog Day (1993), Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman who inexplicably starts repeating February 2 every day in the groundhog-crazed town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Connors spends an unknown amount of time stuck i... | Read More

  • 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 Modern Defense: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.  Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More

  • Review: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5

    If you were to ask a hundred grandmasters to name the most difficult chess variation about which to write an opening book, my guess is that the 6 Bg5 Najdorf would be the frontrunner. It is perhaps the most analysed line in chess history, the pi&e... | Read More


    • Highlights from the Hills

      I finished shared 2nd/3rd place last weekend in the expert section at Agoura hills, placing is nice but this was particularly satsifying as my rating passed the 2100 mark. Here are some highlights from the tournament: Between rounds my first rou... | Read More

      • TABiyiasas
      • | Mar 24, 2015
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    • A good trap for 1.e4 blitz players to know about

      A few years ago, I would say about 10 or so, when I still played 1.e4 and blitz with regularity (I seem to be playing 1.b3 and correspondence theme tournaments most of my time), I noticed that everyone approached my play with the white pieces prac... | Read More

      • Tacomandy
      • | Mar 23, 2015
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    • Bobby Fischer (Eleventh World Chess Champion) Bio

      Bobby Fischer Eleventh World Chess Champion     Bobby Fischer was the eleventh World Chess Champion. He was born March 9th 1943 in Chicago, Illinois and died January 17, 2008. Fischer was an American chess prodigy and grandmaster. He held ... | Read More

      • Apache15
      • | Mar 14, 2015
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    • Vasily Smyslov (Seventh World Chess Champion) Bio

      Vasily Smyslov Seventh World Chess Champion     Vasily Smyslov was the seventh World Chess Champion. He lived from March 24, 1921 to March 27, 2010. Smyslov was a Soviet and Russian world chess champion. He attained his title in the 1957 w... | Read More

      • Apache15
      • | Mar 14, 2015
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    • Obsession with opening theory

      Some modern chess players seem to be obsessed with opening theory. For instance, have a look at this game on Quality Chess' blog, in which Dutch IM Jorden van Foreest plays 22 moves of theory in the Najdorf. It took him only 4 moves (from move 23 ... | Read More

      • Boldchess
      • | Mar 13, 2015
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  • 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 »