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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

  • 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

  • New Chess Openings

    In the course of updating the Caxton Named Opening list I have been reading both the New in Chess Yearbooks and SOS series. Opening novelties are not dead. New ideas have been aided by computer tools, which have also rescued many obscure old ideas... | Read More

  • Transpositions

    "The other day someone was talking about how an opening I played "transposed" to another opening. What does this mean?" Dear Reader, Transposition is one of the easier concepts in chess and yet it can be really painful if you do not understand... | Read More


    • 2014 Week 5 Review: Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Manhattan Applesauce

      Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Manhattan Applesauce 1.5-2.5 GM Akshayraj Kore (2543) - GM Robert Hungaski (2551) 0-1 View Game IM Levan Bregadze (2530) - FM Andrew Shvartsman (2432) 1-0 View Game IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat (2450) - FM Rico Salimbagat (22... | Read More

    • First Tournament In 11 Years

      Ocala was my first tournament since college and it was quite a bite of fun.  As this is my first blog post, I thought I would show my two favorite games from the tournament.  Much to Jon's disappointment, only one is a Scandinavian Defense game.... | Read More

    • Recent Studies: How to Handle the Scandinavian

      Good time of day to you my dear chess friends,        I still need to make a post for the 2014 World Open which took place on the 4th of July Weekend in Arlington, VA, where I finished with  6/9 (quite disappointing). In the meantime, here... | Read More

    • Scandinavian Fever

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

    • Chess Book Openings, ECO Volume B

      A reference video of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO), Volume B, covering Semi-Open Games other than the French Defense, including Sicilian Defence, Caro-Kann Defence, Pirc Defence, Alekhine's Defence, Modern Defense Scandinavian Defense... | Read More




  • Sicilian Defence

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    The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking contro... Read More »

  • king's indian attack and defense

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    attack:1.nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.bg2 bg6 4.0-0 (continue your own game after that). COME BACK ON CHESSOPEDIA FOR "MORE WAYS TO WIN" Read More »

  • Queen's Indian Defense

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    The Queen's Indian Defense (QID) is defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e63. Nf3 b6 The opening is a solid defense to the Queen's Pawn Game. 3...b6 increases Black's control over the central light squares e4 and d5 by preparing to fianche... 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. At first characterized as a beginner's move, it has recently been revived, with several GM's trying it. Although the Scandi... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

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    King's Indian Defense belongs to the Indian Defense family of openings and is characterised by the early fianchetoeing of the black dark-squared bishop on g7. It is a sharp opening and it has always been a very popular choice for black ever ... Read More »