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  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game

    Chess.com 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

  • How To Learn An Opening And More

    Chess.com member Mahilewetsll asked: “Hello. I’m almost 17 years old. What can I reach in chess? How long will I need to do it?” Dear Mr. Mahilewetsll, I get this kind of question a lot (from people 10 to 60). Think about this in a logical ... | Read More

  • Steinitz Defense: World Champion Openings

    Opening choice is a very complicated subject, bound up not just in questions of chess theory and principles, but also in individual personality and style, and even the current state of society. When picking an opening today you need to consider ... | Read More


    • CHESS 960

      After reading some blogs by my friend Wes ( WhipLash 775) I began to get excited about Fischer random chess. It seemed so exciting. Instead of the old boring opening manouvres one was thrust straight away into a middle game in very unfamiliar situ... | Read More

    • Secret Life of a Chess Grandmaster

      What springs to mind when I ask you to picture a Grandmaster? Maybe an image of a rather elderly gentleman sporting a large beard? Or do you conjure up an image of a 'geeky' individual resting some nice 'old school' glasses upon his eyes? What ab... | Read More

      • Ginger_GM
      • | Aug 12, 2015
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    • Ruy Lopez game vs. new player

           Recently played a game in the Ruy Lopez opening against someone who hasn't played much chess lately. I've studied the opening theory for the Ruy Lopez some and know some of the lines. I don't think my oppnent knew the opening theory at all... | Read More

      • Tsune
      • | Aug 1, 2015
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    • Play vs. Sicilian, French & Caro Kann!

      A good opening repertoire doesn’t need a great amount of lines to study, sothat you can be successful. Generally, most sources on opening repertoires for white tend to fall into one of the two categories: either they suggest popular mainstream l... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Jul 29, 2015
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    • Annotated game against NicolaasDieBaas

      Tips for this game:  Queen and rooks are normally developed last. They are the so called heavy pieces. You use them to protect your pawns or minor pieces in the field. Later if you got everything developed you can attack with those pieces as we... | Read More

      • MonkeyH
      • | Jul 13, 2015
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  • 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 »

  • 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 »