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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Oct 3, 2014

    "If you had a choice of seeing the future or reading your opponent's mind as they apply to a chess game, which one would you do?" I never had that question before! If I could see the future (not with regards to the game), there are some options ... | Read More

  • Hikaru Nakamura: Rise of the Machines, the Conclusion

    In the first part of this article, we left our Chess Terminator playing countless blitz and bullet games during the last free day of the championship. In the following seventh round, Nakamura had a very tough opponent. By the way, this is a good... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2

    In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends concerning the length of time they prepared/analyzed/pondered ... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 5

    Unorthodox Chess Players Einet890 asked a few questions, but I will only answer one here, and one other next time I do a Q&A article. Mr. Einet890, I’ll answer this question for everyone, though you’re welcome to use the ans... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 3a

    When a player starts out, he’s told various rules that will help him navigate through the choppy waters of chess. A few basic ones are: Don’t hang your pieces Don’t swallow and talk at the same time Castle as quickly as possible Don’t all... | Read More


    • Learning chess: Week 3: Tournaments are fun

      In my 3th week of playing chess I haven't actually spend much time in studying or analysing games. Instead I spend much more time in playing, and had lots of fun with it.  Learning chess is a long endavour and not something you will learn overni... | Read More

      • Passero82
      • | Oct 19, 2014
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    • Leningrad : Exploring the Basman system.

      Hello every one! Today i am gonna share with you a game i played this summer (not in this site) and because of its nature i consider it as one of my fascinating games ever! I am sure that most of you have been heard or play it against as a white: ... | Read More

      • Stavros_34
      • | Oct 17, 2014
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    • Lazy when winning

      Do you recognize this situation? You have a good position, your opponent is down on time and stressed out. You just have to play a few more moves to decide the game, and POW! Out of the blue, your opponent plays an unexpected, excellent, but objec... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 9, 2014
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    • Chessspank's USCF Rated Game; Sept. 25, 2014, The Grob!.

      Below is a game I played with the black pieces in a game/75 minute time control with a 30-second increment. I believe that the position after 5. ... Bxd5 is critical from an opening theory perspective.  My research shows just one game in ... | Read More

      • chessspank
      • | Oct 5, 2014
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    • Benefits of knowing basics of openings

      In April of this year I began a structured and intentional system for learning openings. My goal was to learn just enough to get a more solid start in my games. Well, after almost 6 months I am beginning to really see the fruit of my labors. Toda... | Read More

      • kleelof
      • | Oct 5, 2014
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  • Zugzwang

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    Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung", Zugzwang is a German word meaning "obligation to move".  The term is used for a position in which whoever has the move would obtain a worse result than if it were the opponent’s turn to play. A player is said to b... Read More »

  • Queen's Indian Defense

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    The Queen's Indian Defense (QID) is defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e63. Nf3 b6 The opening is a solid defense to the Queen's Pawn Game. 3...b6 increases Black's control over the central light squares e4 and d5 by preparing to fianchett... 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... Read More »

  • Budapest Gambit

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    The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defence) is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e5Despite an early debut in 1896, the Budapest Gambit received attention from leading players only after a win as Black by Grandmaster Milan V... Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »