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    • Prodigy Program - May 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 May. Most importantly, registration for all t... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | May 3, 2015
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    • Maroczy Bind For Black

      If you play the Sicilan as Black, you might find yourself Defending against a Maroczy Bind.  According to Andrew Soltis, the right approach for black is to try to change the pawn structure here.               Black can break with... | Read More

      • flatseven
      • | May 3, 2015
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    • Who Are the Best Players not to be World Champion?

      "Who are the best players not to become World Champion?" This was a question on this week's "Q&A with Coach Heisman" TV show (first Friday each month from 5-6:30 PM ET). My first thought in answering this question was: When do we start? We p... | Read More

      • danheisman
      • | May 2, 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

    • Crushing the Opponent With Space!

      Disclaimer: I didn’t run this game through an engine, so my analysis may be a bit off (though hopefully not radically so). Also, this post is intended primarily as an educational tool for the Innisdale Chess Club, though other Chess.com patrons ... | 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 »

  • Bird's Opening

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    Bird's Opening (or the Dutch Attack) is a chess opening characterised by the move: 1. f4Bird's is a standard but never popular flank opening. White's strategic ideas involve control of the e5-square without occupying it, but his first move ... Read More »

  • Desprez Opening

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    The Desprez Opening is a chess opening characterized by the opening move: 1. h4The opening is named after the French player Marcel Desprez. Like a number of other rare openings, 1.h4 has some alternate names such as"Kadas Opening", "Anti... Read More »