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  • Who Will Beat Magnus Carlsen?

    If you follow my weekly column, then you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Magnus Carlsen.  I like his chess style, his general attitude to play till the very end and his notorious disregard of the opening theory. I grew up at the ... | Read More

  • Botvinnik And The Winawer

    After World War Two, the chess world (and the world in general) was abruptly changed. It is very clear that a demarcation line can be placed at 1945 between the old classical chess and modern chess. There were many changes in the chess world aro... | 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

  • 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

  • How To Save Chess

    In 1920s, the world chess champion Jose Raul Capablanca was at the height of his career. He was so much better than anyone else that he was called "the chess machine" due to the merciless precision of his play. So when Capablanca predicted ... | Read More

    • Petrosian-Botvinnik, World Championship Game 5

      If there was a game I wish I had been able to play, it's this one. There are no specatular sacrifices or dazzling combinations. To me, this is high level chess. Clear, logical, overpowering. It is ... Petrosian.   I must have played through thi... | Read More

    • Chess 960 Opening Behavior

      Well here I am again. I apoligize for the long delay since my last post. It's been just over a month. Again I apoligize, but I have had all manner of things going on in my personal and chess life. Plus it took me a little time to compile and re... | Read More

    • Chess Lesson - Finally a Good Forks Game

      Hi Chess Friends, When I'm teaching chess concepts to kids it's great if there's a way to repeat the same theme many times in one game. The story aspect that a complete game provides helps me to keep either the private student or the class's atte... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | Sep 12, 2015
    • Missed tactics? Missed pawns! Game Analysis 10-minute blitz

      After a lot of messing around in bullet, which I'm really bad at, time to play a more serious 10 minute blitz game. Here it is versus @stephanvong. I'm roughly a 1400 player so here we can learn what sort of thinking and mistakes a 1400 player wil... | Read More

      • kevintam
      • | Sep 10, 2015
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    • How To Get Good at Chess Fast How to Get Good at Chess, Fast By How to Get Good at Chess, Fast Edit: This article was unexpectedly popular, reaching #2 on Hacker News and being linked to on LifeHacker. I plan on returning to competitive chess in the nex... | Read More

      • 1Chessdoc
      • | Sep 6, 2015

  • 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. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... 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 »