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  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More


    • Improving is Painful

      Let's face it folks, improving is painful. If it were easy, everyone would be a Grandmaster and we wouldn't have such a huge market for videos, books and lessons. The painful element is especially true when you are older and have hard wired a lot ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Aug 2, 2015
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    • Five Ways to Improve Your Chess

      Every chess player is constantly looking to improve their game, and there's plenty of debate on the best way to get better. Some players try to play as many games as possible, others solve countless tactical puzzles, and many study theory until th... | Read More

      • kiba13
      • | Aug 18, 2014
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    • Five Ways to Improve Your Chess

      Every chess player is constantly looking to improve their game, and there's plenty of debate on the best way to get better. Some players try to play as many games as possible, others solve countless tactical puzzles, and many study theory until t... | Read More

      • PRINCESTER
      • | Aug 9, 2014
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    • Five Ways to Improve Your Chess

      Every chess player is constantly looking to improve their game, and there's plenty of debate on the best way to get better. Some players try to play as many games as possible, others solve countless tactical puzzles, and many study theory until t... | Read More

      • PRINCESTER
      • | Feb 23, 2014
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    • Yugoslav attack

      In the Yugoslav attack, I would begin with the moves: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 0-0 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4             Here you would note how the structure lends itself to opposite side castli... | Read More


  • Dutch Defense

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    The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 ... Read More »

  • Shogi

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    Shogi is the Japanese form of Chess. It has been evolving in a different direction as international Chess for more than 1000 years, however, and its history contains many Shogi variants, some even still played today. Modern Shogi is played on a 9x... Read More »

  • Zugzwang

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    Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung", Zugzwang is a German word meaning "obligation to move".  The term is used for a position in which whoever has the move would obtain a worse result than if it were the opponent’s turn to play. A player is said to b... Read More »

  • Latvian Gambit

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    The Latvian gambit would begin 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-f5 creating a kind of reverse King's Gambit as Black. It is generally a less used gambit for its potential difficulties with king's side attacks from White, as well as its conflicts with some theoretic... 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 »