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  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History

    For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More

  • 13 Songs With Chess Lyrics

    Chess and music have been linked throughout history. Both of these cerebral pursuits live at the intersection of science and art, and both are breeding grounds for amazing geniuses and prodigies. The logic, structure, and meaning of music can ... | 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 Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

  • 5 Openings To Learn In 2015

    A new calendar year, for many people, means a chance for a new beginning. January is a month to consider new possibilities, to improve yourself, and to make a fresh plan for the upcoming year. In many ways, a new year is like a chessboard in t... | Read More


    • Game Analysis #1: Good Plans, Bad Calculation

      Recently my chess knowledge has grown quite a bit, but my application of that knowledge hasn't always been so successful.  In the last year I've learned a ton about evaluation, openings, planning, pawn structure, attacking, and so on, but haven't... | Read More

      • SJFG
      • | Jan 27, 2015
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    • Tactical vs Positional

      Traditionally, chess players have always been divided into two groups: tactical players and positional players. Why? No tactics will work if launched from an unsound position, just as no position is worth much if one can not launch tactics from it... | Read More

      • Rogue_Wolf
      • | Jan 27, 2015
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    • The big failure of most opening books

      Since I was young I had the dream of writing a book. I did not have a clue what this book should be about, but for some kind of weird reason I thought life would be completely different if I ever would succeed in my endeavour. In my twenties I ... | Read More

    • Prodigy Program - February 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 February. Most importantly, registration for a... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Jan 27, 2015
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    • What opening is this?

      If you've read my other blogs you'd know that I often talk about a guy (his name is Ken) that I play with frequently over the board.  Ken used to play the Levistky attack or the Trompowski depending on what I did when he is white.  This used to ... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Jan 27, 2015
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Video Lessons



  • Sicilian Defence

    • 305 Reads
    • | 305 Reads

    The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking contro... Read More »

  • Queen's Indian Defense

    • 0 Reads
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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 fianche... 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 »

  • Robatsch Defence

    • 0 Reads
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    In the Robatsch Defense, named after Karl Robatsch, also known as the Modern Defense, Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns on d4 and e4. Black's hope is to attack and undermine White's "ideal" position without directly attempting to... Read More »

  • Sicilian Najdorf

    • 208 Reads
    • | 208 Reads

    The Najdorf Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of openings and is the sharpest and most analysed opening of chess. Read More »