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  • The 9 Chess GIFs You Have to See

    GIFs are a fun and quick way to share an animated image. These animations are short and soundless, so they do not require the viewer to invest as much time and attention as full videos. It’s no surprise that GIF animations are some of the ... | Read More

  • How to Spot the "Invisible" Pin

    Pins are very popular and powerful chess weapons, and I am sure you've used them in dozens of your own games. If you just started playing chess and never heard about pins, I strongly recommend you check the Tactics Trainer. But even if you are... | Read More

  • Draws: Are you a Draw Artist? An introduction

    This is my first article on and I thank you for reading! Now let's begin: Draws. - a mutual agreement to end the game and split the point. - result: 0.5 point given to each side - can be attained by offer, three position repetition... | Read More

  • The Cab Driver Who Knew How to Play Chess

    In the beginning of 1980s, a young and promising British international master (let's call him Nigel) played a chess tournament in the Soviet Union. At that point, a tournament in the USSR was the best possible chess school for any chess player, an... | Read More

  • The 11 Worst Chessboard Photos

    The Internet is full of seemingly elegant chess pictures, whether they are stock photographs or staged poses by individuals who want to appear interesting and cerebral. Unfortunately, the chessboard positions in many of these photographs do not ... | Read More

    • Women in Canada

      Historically competitive chess has always been dominated by men, and it is only relatively recently that societal and cultural norms have changed to allow women to emerge as tournament players in their own right. In earlier times women were active... | Read More

    • Fall Open Games + More

      Hello everyone! I used to write tournament summaries on my old account, and many people have said they enjoyed reading them! So I have decided to write a post about each tourn I play starting with the one I played last weekend. Days before the to... | Read More

    • How to play chess

      Soooo for all of you beginners. This is an introduction to how to play chess. Yes, I am a bored kid. Oh shoot. Fail... Instructions for chess can be found LOL   The first piece is the rook. It can ... | Read More

    • Why You Should Play Chess! 2400 Amateur Player

      I don't really want this to be a blog similar to the ones " Why You Should Eat Vegetables" instead of fastfood or " Why You Should Play The Piano".  The reasons I give on why you should play chess are from experience, so if any of the points you ... | Read More

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      • | Sep 22, 2014
    • How to enjoy chess! Amateur player 2408

      Chess! A game where there are billions of positions with tactics, positional sacrifices, and with one winner(if black draws or wins).  However, people tend to stop playing chess due to work,school, or a lack of interest.  Let's ignore work and s... | Read More

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      • | Sep 21, 2014
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Video Lessons

  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense not always a good opening?

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    it is true! i personally usually play nc6 instead of c6,but in some cases i must play c6. by 9OOO7OOO Read More »


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    A lot of players choose to play the french defence in order to slow down the action in the center and hope to play a quiet position. Ladies and gents, here's how you can go ALL IN against the french, especially in blitz! Read More »


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    The 'touch-move' rule is [particularly] used in live 'face-to-face'-type (OTB [Over The Board]) tournament- and/or match-format play.  Its use is less common in most formats of internet-chess.  It most likely evolved not only from 'formal'-... Read More »

  • Queen's Gambit

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    The Queen's Gambit is the starting position of many respectable chess opening such as the Queen's Gambit Accepted, the Queen's Gambit Declined and the Slav Defence. Black in most cases prefers not to capture the pawn as he cannot keep it without ... Read More »