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    • Introducing Material Imbalances

      A material imbalance is any difference in the material both sides have in a position. It can be as simple as bishop vs. knight, or as complex as Rook vs. Two Bishops and a Knight (who can forget Vachier Lagrave-Tomashevsky from the recent Tbilisi ... | Read More

    • A few recent games

      The first game was an amazingly complicated game against my friend James where we ended up with a structure similar to the french winawer. Here, we have a quick miniature from one of my correspondence games. | Read More

    • A Brand New App For iOS

      We're so excited to report that last week saw the launch of a long-awaited overhaul to our aging iOS app, and chess on your iPhone or iPad has never looked better — or provided mobile access to so many Chess.com features!Once you sign in,... | Read More

      • webmaster
      • | Feb 17, 2015
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    • A few of my recent games

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    • Sometimes it's about the empty places

      My second blog on the nature of, let's call them level-2 tactics; those which are a bit harder to find than simple pins, skewers, etc. Some more advanced tactics are often based around an empty square rather than straightforward attacks on pieces... | Read More

      • RockWomble
      • | Dec 31, 2014
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Video Lessons



  • 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 »

  • Horwitz, Bernard

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    Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885) was a German-born card player(specialized in miniatures) and chess study composer.    In 1845, he settled in England and began teaching chess.  In 1846, he lost as match with Howard Staunton, losing 14 games, winni... Read More »

  • Quadrupled Pawns

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    Yes it is possible. In fact, quadrupled pawns have appeared in many games, such as this one: Alekhine went on to win. In many games quad pawns can mean a win since many would be very advanced and have promotion threats. Usually the side with them... Read More »

  • Endgames

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    Endgames are the last stage of the game.In end games you have very less pieces Read More »

  • Purdy, Cecil

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    Cecil Purdy (1906-1979) was a Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess (1953) and winner of the first world correspondence chess championship (1950-1953). In 1923, at the age of 17, he won the New Zealand Championship.  In 1929 he founded the Australa... Read More »