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  • Sac A Queen To Find A Mate! A Love Story

    We all have terrible ideas now and then. Typically, they stem from the crazy urge to sacrifice a piece. Even the best of the best can’t always resist. In fact, this series will pay tribute to those special moments when the game's most powerf... | Read More

  • 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


    • Brostein game

      I like reading this game,because it gives some practices.It is good to know opening theory but it counts maybe more to play good the middlegame,white maybe was better from the openning but 10.fe6 and 15.Ne4 were rather bad moves,also black finnaly... | Read More

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      • | May 20, 2015
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    • Beginner Repertoire

      I felt like making an Article about my beginner chess repertoire. To demonstrate how my repertiore evolved through out my chess journey. I also wanted to share in how my beginner chess repertoire got created. Which I believe is actually a very co... | Read More

    • Third match and first lose

      Hi again, yesterday I played my third game in the XXVII Internacional Vila de Sant Boi. It was a very disappointing game, not for the result itself (I'll lose lots of games in the future, I hope), but because the fact I actually didn't play a ch... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | May 8, 2015
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    • Cinco De Mayo & Chess:Honoring the First Mexican GM

      Carlos Jesús[1] Torre Repetto (29 November 1904[1][2][3] in Mérida, Yucatán – 19 March 1978 in Mérida, Yucatán) Carlos Torre Repetto was born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He learned to play chess at the age of six, and in 1915 he went ... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | May 5, 2015
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    • Developing Knowledge & Skill: Kostya's Blueprint to Chess Mastery

      My ambitious intention today is to offer an overall philosophy on how one should study chess in order to maximize their progress. I've decided to lay it all out, right here. Everything it takes (in my opinion from this point on) to reach your ful... | 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 »

  • East Indian Defence

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    The East Indian Defence is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. Nf3 g6[1] This opening has a close kinship to the more-common King's Indian Defence and is often considered a variant thereof. The difference is that Whi... Read More »