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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
    • What am I doing?!

      I've stopped playing for two days, and now I'm at the 1450 level. I don't know what I'm doing wrong now. I was so doing so good and then it suddenly stopped. This has been making me incredibly frustrated as I ended losing to a 1300 player. Granted... | Read More

    • Apologies for timing-out on some recent games!

      Apologies to all if I've lost on time in a match for you or, for that matter against you! Also apologies to anyone I'm playing in my present under-graded state! I have just moved home and I've had great difficulties getting my broadband transferre... | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Nov 30, 2014
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    • Tis the Season to Level Up Your Chess

      Hello users! Here is a game I played this month at the Kings Island Open in Ohio. The tournament was won by US Champ Gata Kamsky. I myself had a good start winning my first three games, here is my second round effort.     I teach... | Read More

      • Boorchess
      • | Nov 25, 2014
    • the importance of focusing an attack on the king

      Hey guys!  Please check out my blog posts, and for those of you that have seen them, which are not many, this is more of a post on development, not really tactics.  As usual, we will have one of my recent games, and it will show the importance o... | Read More

      • durick
      • | Nov 8, 2014

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. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... 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 »