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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


    • Long Form Analysis

      This is my plan for long form analysis.   I've developed it from FM CharlyAZ's Hardcore Guide to Analyzing Your Chess Games. Mostly I've paraphrased for clarity and identify for myself a solid timeframe.  Maybe sometime I'll turn it into an a... | Read More

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    • Chess and Grey Hair

      Chess and premature grey hair seem to go hand in hand. Gata Kamsky has it right when he says that there is more to life than chess, and he is healthier for having many other interests and talents to pursue. Likewise, we all should be more open to ... | Read More

      • Irish-Guy
      • | Apr 14, 2015
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    • Chess Plan for Beginners

      The Sole Purpose of this blog is to inform beginners the importance of creating a plan and try to help beginners create a plan that can help them improve their chess. The plan can be simple, easy, and suited to their individual needs. Backgrou... | Read More

    • Chess.com University's Prodigy Program - April 2015 Registration Open!

      This is a fully updated article regarding Chess.com University's Prodigy Program. Please read this post in its entirety if you are a new student or a prospective student wanting to join the program in April. Most importantly, registration for all... | Read More

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      • | Mar 31, 2015
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    • Frank Marshall the Legend-3

      The last line I am going to talk about which Frank Marshall created is known as: Marshall Attack/Gambit This line is played with the black pieces. Rating Scale: 500-2700 The Above Diagram is the Starting Position of the Marshall Attack. I... | Read More




  • 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 »