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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Chess Lessons Exposed: A Tale Of 3 Offside Knights

    This series is about chess lessons and how a chess teacher tries to push key points home. If you are looking for a chess teacher, don’t grab anyone that comes along! Take your time, take a lesson or two from various teachers so y... | Read More

  • The Greatest Chess Minds Video Series

    Let this video guide serve as the official reference point to help you find Chess.com videos on your favorite chess players throughout history! Chess.com has enjoyed lessons from the best coaches and players within our game. Hopefully,... | Read More


    • 960 Altered tactics in French and Slav formations

      At starting position #518, the phrase I keep repeating is "use inactive force". At the other 959 starting positions, I recite "it's just chess". The pawn structures recur from Schnargl (a code to identify a starting position) to Schnargl... | Read More

    • The Amateur's Mind - Pawn Structure 2

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome back to the continuation of the book The Amateur's Mind.  To fully learn the concepts, I recommend you get the book and follow along.  This series is not intended as a substitute for Mr. Silman's work but instead t... | Read More

    • Ratings don't matter, but even so I am happy.

      My blitz rating the last 12 months on lichess.org has hovered between 1600-1700.  In the last 6 days though I have went from 1680 to 1829.  Yes, I think it is possible I could drop down to 1700 any day, but even so...some progress is clearly bei... | Read More

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    • Chess is to chess960 as ____ is to ____

      Belgian chess master Mark Weeks was the strongest player to write regularly about chess960, and he was also one of the most prolific. Weeks once asked his readers to help wrestle with the problem of suitably analogizing chess and chess960. It's a... | Read More

    • Fear in Chess and How to Overcome It Part Three: The Berlin Wall

      Some people are afraid of mice. No matter how benign they might be, those cute little animals scare them. Something about their other-ness makes them scary to some people, even though they likely are in want of love, just like any other being. Now... | 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 »

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... Read More »