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  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 3

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? For those that want the full introductory prose, please go to part one of this series. For the busy masses who have things to do and places to go, here’s a nutshe... | Read More

  • The Scandinavian Video Series

    What makes chess beautiful is what remains undiscovered in its lesser-used openings. Obviously, some theory remains more popular than others and for good reason. Regardless, becoming acquainted with the ugly ducklings of chess, like the Scandinavi... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 2

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? For those that want the full introductory prose, please go to part one of this series. For the busy masses who have things to do and places to go, here’s a nutshell ex... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success

    In general, most players view imbalances as positional commodities. However, though that’s certainly true, one also has to learn to recognize dynamic and tactical imbalances. To be a good player, you need to learn as many tactical and posi... | 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


    • Frank Marshall the Legend-2

            Frank James Marshall  (August 10, 1877 - November 9, 1944) In my previous blog about Frank Marshall. I wanted to give a very brief intro on some of his achievements and showed one of his most Notable games ever played with some ba... | Read More

    • Opening Mistakes - Developing Queens before Minor Pieces

      djmattic vs Crocker710 White's opening overextended his pawn structure. Further problems were caused for White by developing his Queen before any minor pieces. By move 7 Black has exploited White so much so that the score stood at -2.1. The firs... | Read More

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    • Keeping Your Advantage

      This post is about "keeping your advantages."  I will not be giving concrete examples, but I'll explain.  What I am referring to is not even about small advantages, which is normally what teachers refer to with the phrase.  This is understand... | Read More

      • Romans920
      • | Mar 19, 2015
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    • Learning to Play Chess: Weekly Analysis #3

      My Weekly Analysis is here. I posted 2 games that used standard time. As usual, if you have any comments about the games or in general for me, feel free to comment below or shoot me a PM. I am always looking for feedback, practice partners, and ... | Read More

    • Caro structure : d4-d5, Spassky v O'Kelly de Galway

      The game that is featured is a superb positional game by Grandmaster and former chess world champion Boris Spassky annotated by Grandmaster Andrew Soltis in his famous book Pawn Structure Chess. After 15 ... g6 blacks kingside is quite strong in c... | Read More




  • Castling

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    Castling is the only time in the game when more than one piece may be moved during a turn.  Castling can only occur if there are no pieces standing between the king and the rook.  Neither king nor rook may have moved from its original position.... Read More »

  • En passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square. En passant may only... Read More »

  • London System

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    The London system is a complex chess system in which white develops his bishop on f4 early on, and subsequently develops a closed game pawn structure that would usually limit the Queen's bishop. It is preferable to develop the Queen's Bishop ear... Read More »

  • Benko Gambit

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    The Benko Gambit is characterized by the move 3...b5 in the Benoni Defense arising after: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 c53. d5 b5 The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) has three codes for the Benko Gambit: A57 3...b5 A58 3...b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 A59 3... Read More »

  • Budapest Gambit

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    The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defense) is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e5 Despite an early debut in 1896, the Budapest Gambit received attention from leading players only after a win as Black by Grandmaster Milan... Read More »