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  • 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

  • Why Do Grandmasters Blunder?

    Over the years I’ve noticed that whenever a grandmaster hangs his face, the masses of fake names go berserk and not only berate the unfortunate player but toss sick (and completely ignorant) accusations his way: “He lost on purpose! It’s a ... | Read More

  • The Greatest Chess Minds Video Series

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

  • Tigran Petrosian's Breathtaking Exchange Sacrifices

    It is impossible to become a world champion without mastering every facet of the game. Most champions, however, are remembered for their proficiency in one particular area of the game. To this end, Wilhelm Steinitz is remembered as the founder o... | Read More

  • Reader Questions: French Defense And A 2000 Rating Goal

    I’m still going through some (sadly) neglected games, comments, and lectures. This time I’ll look at a game of one of the site’s best chess historians, Spektrowski, and I’ll also answer a question or two. The most p... | Read More

    • The French of the Week (7) - Blahynka-Vybiral, MacCutcheon Variation

      In the Classical French with 4.Bg5, both 4...dxe4 and 4...Be7 lead to equality or a very small advantage for White, but Black's attacking possibilities are in general poor. Gleizerov and Korchnoi may disagree, but they would for sure admit that Th... | Read More

      • NowInChess
      • | Aug 16, 2015
    • Improve your chess : go positional !

      A question from one of my chess students was basically : My blitz results are decreasing, what are less attacking openings to play to get better results ? That is not an easy question to answer, as I believe that all chess players have their open... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Aug 15, 2015
    • Petrosian-Botvinnik, Game 1 World Championship 1963

      Whilst visiting London in July 2015, I made my pilgrimage to the fantastic Chess and Bridge shop at Baker Street. I picked up 5 books (which sent me over the luggage limit), one of which was the excellent Botvinnik-Petrosian 1963 World Championshi... | Read More

    • 2015 Alabama Dual-Rated Championships

      Last Saturday I participated in the Alabama Dual-Rated Championships. The tournament is so named because with the time control of 45|10, both classical and quick USCF ratings are affected. Tournament Prep: Recently I had become an Expert after h... | Read More

      • SJFG
      • | Aug 3, 2015
    • 2015 bolg

      Rudolf Spielmann, The Art of Sacrifice in Chess, 21st century edition, revised and expanded by Karsten Mueller. (Russell Enterprises, 2015.) 272 pp., $24.95. Reviewed by Dennis Monokroussos. Austrian grandmaster Rudolf Spielmann (1883-1942) was ... | Read More

      • mahimajain
      • | Aug 3, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Prophylaxis

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    In chess, Prophylaxis means guarding or preventing a move before it is made. A prophylactic move usually haults the opponent from taking action in an area. One example of prophylaxis is, when the king is buried behind a wall of pawns, moving a paw... Read More »

  • Fischer, Robert

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    Robert (Bobby ) Fischer was born in Chicago on March 9, 1943.  He was the 11th world chess champion (1972-1975).  He was the youngest national junior champion (13), the youngest American chess champion ever (14), the youngest grandmaster... Read More »

  • Huebner, Robert

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    Robert Heubner, born Nov 6, 1948, is a German Grandmaster (1971) and strongest German player since World War II.  In 1967 he won the German championship.  In 1971 he was playing in a candidates match with Petrosian when he made a mistake... Read More »

  • Boleslavasky, Isaac

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    Isaak Efremovich Boleslavsky (1919-1977) was a Soviet International Grandmaster (1950) and journalist.   He was born June 19, 1919 in Zolotonosha, in the Ukraine.  He taught himself chess at the age of nine.  In 1936, he took 3... Read More »

  • Petrosian, Tigran Vartanovich

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    Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (1929-1984) was a Soviet Grandmaster (1952) and 9th world chess champion (1963-1969).  Between 1968 and 1975 he never lost more than a single game in any tournament.  He drew more than half his total gam... Read More »