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  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 3b

    In our first look at this pawn structure in Part 3a we explored the piece setups, dynamics, and general plans of the Burn Variation of the French Defense. Though doubling one’s kingside pawns early in the game may look idiotic, the resulting str... | Read More

  • Middlegame & Endgames Ideas - #3 - Pushing Pawns FOR THE WIN

    Hi guys, Part 3 in my series will be about Minority Attacks (Please comment what you want the following ones to be about  - thanks) Minority Attacks are most prominently known as pawn storms - but this is not always true as a pawn attack protec... | Read More

  • Typical Positions (Part 6)

    Chess openings are a bit like fashion - they follow trends. Certain lines become popular and then just fade away. In most cases, an elite player (or most likely his team) prepares an opening for a tournament and then everyone else follows his lead... | Read More

  • Typical Positions (Part 2)

    Today we will continue with typical plans arising from the Queens Gambit Declined. I had a chance to experience the lack of knowledge in one critical and very popular line last weekend, while playing in the Philadelphia Open. The game ended favora... | Read More

  • Creating an Opening Graph

    Gambiteeer asked: I am having trouble learning the Queens Gambit. Recently my opponents have gotten stronger and I am not sure how to handle the different positions which arise from the Queens Gambit. I am also having trouble learning the differe... | Read More

    • What makes a game winning Part 1

      I often play games and all I am doing is just developing pieces and trading when it suits me.  I purchased a book by Jeremy Silman called the Amateurs mind and it talks about how you are suppose to win the game by gaining a bunch of small pluses ... | Read More

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    • How to be a young chess Grand Master?

      Have you ever wondered how a boy/girl become a Chess grandmaster before 20 years of their age?   Do you want to know the secrets of their success? Want to make your child a Chess Grand Master? This blog is exactly written to cater your... | Read More

    • Contender Series 11

      Chess.com Online September 11, 2015 Match-Up Analysis VS X_PLAYER_J_X                                                    Robert0905 Players Chess Knowledge High                             ... | Read More

    • CCD - Second Branch - 3.c4

      In previous articles we saw the lines which can come out of 3.Nf3. We even explored some lines which have not been seen a lot. I believe we have a pretty solid idea on how we would continue in those continuations. Lets cross 3.Nf3 off our chart. ... | Read More

    • Clarendon Court Defence

      Well this is a very nice example of the lines you may see from 3.Nf3.     Move 3.g3   Move 3.g3   Move 3.e4   Move 3.Nc3             Chess.com Online September TBA, 2015 Match-Up Analysis VS X_... | Read More

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 »

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • Dutch Defense

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    The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 ... 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 »