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  • Could A Chess Computer Take Over The World?

    Chess-playing computers are almost unfathomably strong, and they are improving faster than even the best human players. Three months ago, we took a look at the top five computer chess engines, and today the best two programs on that li... | Read More

  • Move by Move Chess Improvement: Cashing in on your Advantages

    This is the second issue of my column Move by Move Chess Improvement. I would like to thank JeewanAtwal for submitting his game. A lot of players would without thinking play ...h6 to drive away the bishop. Unfortunately, "instan... | Read More

  • SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises, March 2012

    No time to study opening theory? Shock your opponent with an SOS! With an SOS you deviate early (usually before move 6!) from regular lines in mainstream openings. So you will reach positions you have actually studied without having memorized... | Read More

  • Personal Mona Lisa of GM Nataf

    Grandmaster Igor-Alexandre Nataf is not exactly a household name in the Chess World.  There is no article about him in Wikipedia and according to the FIDE web site his rating never crossed the 2600 mark.  Yet, the game he calls his most beautif... | Read More

  • Me and Chess

    I am writing this really just to talk about my experiances with chess. It's pretty much a biography, but an interesting story. To start, my love of chess didn't really catch on until I was 13. I knew how to play chess before then beca... | Read More

    • Chess Structures in Practice - The Catalan Gambit

      I write this blog to share some of the ideas from my book Chess Structures, published earlier this year. Each blog posts expands upon some of the concepts shown in my book, by analying a recent game amont strong players.   Throughout the past m... | Read More

    • Benefits of Slow Chess and World League Play

      I used to be addicted to the one minute and three minute games. However, I noticed that I my ratings were stagnant for years. I took lessons from an excellent teacher.  What I needed to do though was play more slow chess.  Thus,  I started pl... | Read More

      • aksuited
      • | Mar 16, 2015
    • Move by Move Chess Improvement: Are you overthinking yourself?

      I would like to thank SzachowyKrolPolski for this submission. How should White play now? For some reason, White did not play this way and instead played a more "natural" developing move Nf3. I have found that many chess players suffer from th... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | Dec 18, 2014
    • Has de la Rosa gone mad?!

      So, this is my position, as black, after 12 moves in a recent game.  I have a White pawn in my pocket and doubled White pawns on the board... And none of my pieces developed! (The note after move 7 was, "hoping to gain some space.") Which sid... | Read More

    • Memorable Game from States 2012

      I still believe that in some aspects, my sophomore year chess is superior to my current level. In a frenzy to remember my old strategies, I needed to find the games from my prime- Sophomore year states. Unfortunately, none of those are in my notat... | Read More

      • teranz0
      • | Dec 25, 2013

Video Lessons

  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »

  • How to teach your child how to play chess

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    If you have a child and you want to teach him/her how to play chess first get him/her intrested in the game. If he/she doesn't want to play don't make him/her. (I"ll say her because I'me a girl).  What you want to do is if she decided to play fir... Read More »

  • tactis

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    see the tactis whit to play 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 »