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  • Stop Making The Same Mistakes Over And Over

    In the movie Groundhog Day (1993), Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman who inexplicably starts repeating February 2 every day in the groundhog-crazed town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Connors spends an unknown amount of time stuck i... | Read More

  • Adonis

         I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | Read More

  • America's First Women's Championship Match

         American women had been playing chess long before establishment of the USCF in the late 1930s.  In fact, as early as the mid 1890s, an officially conducted match was played between two highly considered lady chess players to determine t... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 7

    GOOD OR BAD? Mordecai10 asked: I have just completed part 1 of your Test Your Chess Understanding articles, and I wasn’t completely satisfied by one aspect of your solutions. In your solution to puzzle 2, you say the following: &lsquo... | Read More

  • How to Play Badly

    Warning: This trick is performed by trained professionals only - don't try this at home. While remarking on his win against Conrad Holt in last year's US Championship, Gata Kamsky explained his dubious decision on move 30. "I had a choice," Kams... | Read More

    • Transpositions

      This games starts as a Nimzo Defense, then turns to a classical Scotch and then resembles a position similar to the Evans Gambit. The game itself, I fear, is not that great. ^^ Time control at 15/10. | Read More

    • C44: Scotch Game: Goering Gambit

      The solid gambit. White offers c3-pawn for strong c and d semi-opened files, for free queen (it can enter the game fast by Qb3) and f7-pawn push Some games here withthis opening.   | Read More

      • EpicFreak
      • | Feb 28, 2015
    • Killer tactic in my most recent game! [Puzzle]

      The position came out of the Scotch Gambit, I've never encountered the position before, however, in my opening studies I have encountered the ...Ne4 and Bd5 theme, so this line caught my eye! Who says Opening study has to just be useless memoriz... | Read More

      • GmPrice
      • | Feb 27, 2015
    • Rensch Quenches Our Thirst for Chess Entertainment!!

      [Blog History] has come a long way over the past several years. From airing only one or two shows per week, the programming is regular and full, averaging 1-2 shows per day, with the occasional 4 shows in one day! Programm... | Read More

    • Some of My Best Play...Maybe?

      I've played another few games over the past couple days. The first one was qite nice. The "Boring Scotch" lived up to its name, but I won a pawn and rode it all the way out.     So that was nice, but nothing compared to the positional master... | Read More

      • mattch00
      • | Feb 14, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Scotch Game

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    The Scotch Game is an opening that derives its name from a series of correspondence games between the London and Edinburgh Chess Clubs beginning in 1824 and continuing until 1828.  Interestingly, it was the London club that used the... Read More »

  • open-closed

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    Open and Closed positions refer to the two main types of pawn structures of the centre . Open positions generally have an open centre , where the majority of the pawns have been swapped off . For example Scotch game results in an open game : ... Read More »

  • Cochrane, John

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    John Cochrane (1798-1978) was a Scottish master and lawyer who spent half his life in India.  He played chess in London while on vacation.   In 1815 he was a second lieutenant on the HMS Bellerophon, which transported Napoleon to hi... Read More »

  • Scotch opening

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    An opening name derived from an 1824 correspondence game between the English in London and the Scots in Edinburgh, Scotland.  However, it was the English who played the Scotch opening. Read More »