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    • My Journey to 1800

           June is almost over and my USCF rating is at 1406. My goal is to be playing like an 1800 by the time the first rated tournament of the 2015-2016 school year comes around in mid-September. That means that I have almost three months to impr... | Read More

    • Chess Structures in Practice - The Ruy Lopez

      To read this article and more, follow my blog http://chess-structures.com/ The following game is one of many interesting examples I had to leave out of my book simply because of space limitations. Anyway, watching over the games of the Women’... | Read More

    • THE FIRST FINNISH CHESS CHAMPION

      The Finnish GM Eero Böök (1910–1990) was also a talented chess writer, who wrote several chess books. His book called Shakkipakinoita (Chess stories; published 1967) contains a chapter Ensimmäinen suomalainen shakkimestari (The first Finnish ... | Read More

      • HansAnders
      • | Jun 22, 2015
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    • Chess 960 the Arguments For

      The arguments for chess 960 can be summed up something like this: There is no opening theory per se, at least not yet. The players are immediately put in a position where they must analyze the board from a fresh position/perspective; and determ... | Read More

    • My Study Methods

      Recently I began thinking about my self-imposed training program. Time is at a premium, so to keep up with those 8 year old prodigies, I've had to become efficient with my time. Yet we all fall into ruts and what used to work can sometimes stop wo... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jun 14, 2015
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  • 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 »

  • 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 »