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  • Spicy Gambits Video Series

    Gambits are an important part of chess. Although most of them come from White’s initiative, there are also many sound counter gambits for Black that have developed over time. Understanding how to play with and against gambits is important fo... | Read More

  • The Northern Gambit

    The Northern Gambit   The moves of the  Danish or Northern Gambit are 1. e4 e5  2. d4 exd4 3. c3 -   after which Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3 or decline it in a variety of ways. The Danish or Northern Gambit      As t... | Read More

  • The Scandinavian Video Series

    What makes chess beautiful is what remains undiscovered in its lesser-used openings. Obviously, some theory remains more popular than others and for good reason. Regardless, becoming acquainted with the ugly ducklings of chess, like the Scandinavi... | Read More

  • Playing Against The Najdorf: The Adams Attack

    In recent years, a strange little move has become surprisingly popular in combating the famous Najdorf Defense of the Sicilian: 6.h3. Personally, I have used this move since 2000, when I finally had to admit that it was more correct than the 6.R... | Read More

  • The Scandinavian Defense: Modern Play

    In part 1 of "The Scandinavian Defense: A History," we learned about the earliest beginnings of the Scandinavian Defense, and also saw some games with the slightly less usual 2...Nf6 in response to 2.exd5. Now we will see how the Scandinavi... | Read More

    • Second Blog, Same as the First Blog, Except Center-Counter

      So, so, so. I played my first classical time control game since September 2014, The US Masters.  I have played a couple action games, but those don't count.  I decided at the last minute to play in the 5 round, weekly perpetual FIDE Monday tourn... | Read More

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    • Deadly Anti-Scandinavian Gambit(Blitz)

      A very warm welcome to my second notable game. Thank you for visiting my blog!! To those who did not read the first game, my name is Ben, I am 21, I love to play chess, minesweeper, tetris, poker, sudoku, rubic's cube, ... basically everything lo... | Read More

    • Review: Smerdon's Scandinavian

      It's been a while since I've written a serious chess book review, but I felt I had to make an exception for Smerdon's Scandinavian by GM David Smerdon. The reason is simple: I've played this variation of the Scandinavian, also known as the Portug... | Read More

    • Attack and deliver in Philidor?

      My last game in the autumtournament was against Benny. He's underrated and must be handled with care. The plan was to take initiative as black against him and press press and then strike. But as my form theese days is like shit, this wasnt the saf... | Read More

    • Back to the Sicilian

      A few weeks ago a chess friend asked me how my score was with Scandinavian defense, and I looked it up for recent games. About 80% for 720 games. He was impressed but also wrote that he thinks that the Scandinavian defense easily gives white a goo... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Oct 21, 2015

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 »

  • Dunst Opening

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    The Dunst Opening is a chess opening where White opens with the move: 1. Nc3This fairly uncommon opening may have more names than any other: it is also called the Heinrichsen Opening, Baltic Opening, van Geet's Opening, Sleipnir Opening,... Read More »

  • Saragossa Opening

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    The Saragossa Opening (or Hempel's Opening) is a chess opening defined by the opening move: 1. c3Since White usually plays more aggressively in the opening, the Saragossa is considered an irregular opening, classified as A00 by theEncyclop... 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 »

  • e4

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    e4 is played by White to develop his pieces rapidly and castle. e4 is a good move for beginners! You learn to develop quickly and to attack, since it opens up the Queen and Bishop. If met by e5, you have what's called an "open game." Then the most... Read More »