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  • Tigran Petrosian And The Queen's Indian

    Tigran Petrosian, the ninth world champion, gained the title in his 1963 match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Thus the Botvinnik era came to a close, since the automatic rematch clause (which allowed Botvinnik to regain the championship after one year fr... | Read More

  • Deadly Mindsets: 'He Can't/I Can't'

    Though I’ve written about chess psychology in my book (How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition – almost 90 pages on the subject!) and in articles on, I will continue to do so from time to time since it’s an ext... | Read More

  • Light Squares And Black's Magical a-Pawn

    I’ve written several articles that discuss the dynamics of chess teacher and student, and the kinds of things a student should expect from lessons. Though the teacher will give his charge a study program, there is nothing more useful and ins... | Read More

  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game 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

  • Capablanca's Nimzo-Indian: World Champion Openings

    Like Emanuel Lasker, his successor, Jose Raul Capablanca, was less of a theoretician and more of a keen practical player. Lasker utilized his great psychological understanding and clever trickiness, while Capablanca's skill rested in his innate un... | Read More

    • Show me your chess collection

      This is my moderate collection,that collection does no mean i play strong because i play terrible bad,hahahah   1.       xvii olimpiada de ajedrez 2.       practica de ajedrez magistral (botvinnik-tal ,1960) –miguel tal 3.   ... | Read More

      • lavin_arrt
      • | Oct 10, 2015
    • Pawn Structure Chess - The Caro Structure

      Over the next few weeks, I will be going over the book Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis with Robert0905. We are still working on the details of how we will be presenting this to you all, but be sure to check out his blog and his group for mor... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Oct 6, 2015
    • Pawn Structure Chess Review with PaulEChess

      For the next several months I will be partnered with PaulEChess in our review of Pawn Structure Chess. Together, we will attempt to instruct players in the handling of different pawn structures ("Pawns are the soul of chess"--Philidor). Our two bl... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Oct 6, 2015
    • Personal Lesson in Keeping the Tension

      I previously analysed a game I played, critical of how I did not prepare my attack and promptly was punished in a counter attack.    I submitted the game ... | Read More

    • Pawn Breakthroughs 2 - Pawn Levers

          Hello Chess Fans, Welcome back to part 2 of Pawn Breakthrough where today's focus will be on Pawn Levers. A Pawn Breakthrough is defined as advancing a pawn to BREAK OPEN a blocked pawn formation.  Think of the advancing pawn as ... | Read More

  • Three-Fold Repitition

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    One way to draw a game is to manuvuer into a sitiuation where the same EXACT position is repeated three times. This is called THREE-FOLD REPITITION. It usually happens with PERPETUAL CHECK. That means one side keeps checking the other side and nei... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

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    The Dragon Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of variations. Black plays 5...g6 with the purpose of fianchettoeing his bishop with ...Bg7. The preparatory move 2...d6 makes sure that the bishop will have an open long diagonal on g7.... Read More »

  • Dutch Defense

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    The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 ... 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 »