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  • More Ways To Battle The Caro-Kann

    Last week, we discussed the first few options to fight against Black's Caro-Kann.  Now let's take a look at some of the most important ways White can respond to this opening. The Advance Variation: The line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 has... | Read More

  • Play Chess Online With Your Pets

    April Fools! Are you tired of the same old game of fetch? Running low on filthy, chewed-up tennis balls? Wouldn’t it be nice to play something a bit more intellectually challenging with your pets? Thanks to groundbreaking new technolog... | Read More

  • How To Battle The Caro-Kann

    In the previous two articles, I have discussed the earliest beginnings of the Caro-Kann Defense as well as later usage and developments. In this third part of the four-part series, I will discuss the various methods White has evolved to oppose the... | Read More

  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • The Caro-Kann: Modern Times

    In part 1 of this series on the Caro-Kann, I discussed the earliest beginnings of the opening, the origin of the name, and its first adoption by top players. It is always fascinating to learn about the beginnings of these openings, which today see... | Read More

    • Learn about Sicilian Defence, Magnus Smith Trap

      Today I share a chess trap for chess players which is known as Sicilian Defence, Magnus Smith Trap The Trap   1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4     This is the Sozin (or Fischer) Variation of the Sicilian De... | Read More

      • KKGokul
      • | Apr 16, 2015
    • Even FIDE Masters make mistakes

      'twas a run of the mill closed sicilian, until my opponent made a mistake! oh wait no... it was me who is mistaken! wait no... it was him! The concluding messages were slightly humerous/offensive as my opponent reminded me he had a very high r... | Read More

      • GmPrice
      • | Apr 15, 2015
    • An Intro to FM Kostya's Blog

      I've been thinking about starting a consistent blog here on, but I'm not sure what I should write about..there's a lot about chess that can be explored! I have no concrete reason or incentive, I simply enjoy the process of writing and f... | Read More

    • Sicilian Najdorf, Poisoned Pawn Variation

      Hi all! Today I want to show some tricks in the Sicilian Najdorf. The Poisoned Pawn variation is a very sharp and complex opening, and if you are playing this, it is good to know some tricks. The classical line was 7...Qb6. Today I want to show, ... | Read More

    • Another Eye Opener

      My goal in chess was to reach 1500. I imagined that I would know a great deal about chess around that rating and that it would be extremely difficult to excel past it.  Well...I've made it to 1500, but I'm disappointed in how little I still know ... | Read More

      • dillarse
      • | Apr 13, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Sicillian Defense, Flohr Variation

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    The Flohr Variation of the Sicilian Defence arises after the moves  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 »

  • Siclian

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    In this Chessopedia Article we will be talking first about the simplest Sicilian Defence, so here's the lines:  You can even get more advanced on this. Read More »

  • Sicilian Najdorf

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    The Najdorf Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of openings and is the sharpest and most analysed opening of chess. Read More »

  • Aagaard, Jacob

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    Jacob Aagaard Madsen, born July 31, 1973, is a Grandmaster (2005) originally from Denmark, but now living in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is usually referred to simply as Jacob Aagaard. He finished 2nd in the 111th Scottish Championship in 2004.  He... Read More »