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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #17 - Playing by the Rules

    The Professor began somewhat formally: “For those who are feeling a bit rambunctious, let’s bring up the topic of rules. Particularly, let’s talk about a rule that was changed in the last 150 years or so.” --- “What rule is that?” Zeph... | Read More

  • Lasker's Bishop Chase

    The so-called Lasker variation of the Scandinavian Defense (a.k.a. Center Counter) arises after this sequence of moves: I was not able to find one single game where the second world champion played the variation named after him. My guess is... | Read More

  • Learn beneficial openings to improve in chess

    Chessplayers have different values and tastes about different openings. One likes to play solid Caro Kann, the other one rather plays crazy gambits or sharp Najdorf. There are also different ways to play the openings phase: play what you like or f... | Read More

  • "Dynamics of Chess Strategy" by Vlastimil Jansa

    My first review in the "My Bookshelf" column was "Dynamic Chess Strategy" by Mihai Suba. The title of the book I am reviewing this week is almost identical. Yet the books are completely different. Both books are modern middlegame books, and both f... | Read More

  • The Queen in the Opening, Part Three

    Today we'll analyze the last case of the Queen getting to the center early in the game.  This time she doesn't go there voluntarily, since she must do it to recapture a piece or a pawn to keep material even.  The simplest example is the ... | Read More

    • Getting cooked by Swedish chefs

      Yeh I know, I need new material. But come on, I love this guy. My tournament in Växjö (pronounced "Vair-kshh", as I was quizzed on by the organisers in the opening ceremony) was not an overwhelming success. I finished middle of the field on a... | Read More

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      • | Jul 11, 2014
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    • Should "Beginners" Learn Chess Openings?

      First of all, a 1000 is NOT a beginner! Many people try to act like they are chess masters while everyone below them is a patzer. I read something the other day that was some idiot saying everyone below 2300 is a patzer!  That is just insanity! ... | Read More

    • Why the Scandinavian Is Problematic in Blitz for Me

      Don't get me wrong... The Scandinavian is a great defence for Black, but in blitz it's just too easy.  In blitz, you are expected to play moves fast and furious, but for a tactical player like me the Scandinavian just doesn't create enough compli... | Read More

      • beerpatzer
      • | Jul 6, 2014
    • Want to know the greatest perfect openings?

      It is really very simple actually. Chess has rules and those rules define legal moves etc. it is tradition and modern 'fashion' that define what is a good opening. By this i mean top rated players might win with openings like a3 or h6 but for mere... | Read More

      • crok
      • | Jul 2, 2014
    • Scandinavian Fever

      Scandinavian Defense, Mieses-Kotroc Variation (Analyzed) | Read More

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 »

  • 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 »