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  • Botvinnik And The Winawer

    After World War Two, the chess world (and the world in general) was abruptly changed. It is very clear that a demarcation line can be placed at 1945 between the old classical chess and modern chess. There were many changes in the chess world aro... | Read More

  • Saving Chess With The a-Pawn

    The first part of this article has brought a great response and many reader suggestions. But I have a confession to make. It was a totally tongue-in-cheek article and I am surprised that the majority of our readers took it for face ... | Read More

  • How To Learn An Opening And More member Mahilewetsll asked: “Hello. I’m almost 17 years old. What can I reach in chess? How long will I need to do it?” Dear Mr. Mahilewetsll, I get this kind of question a lot (from people 10 to 60). Think about this in a logical ... | Read More

  • The Anti-Sicilian Without A Name

    Among the less-trodden paths White can follow against the Sicilian Defense is the system with the seemingly paradoxical combination of Nc3 and Bb5. To my knowledge, this variation, unlike most of the other anti-Sicilians, has no name.... | Read More

  • How To Be A Chess Legend

    Legend: a story coming down from the past; especially: one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable (Merriam Webster Dictionary). There are great chess players and there are legendary chess players. What's the differenc... | Read More

    • Sicilian Defence, GoDiva Variation

      DUDE isn't the Go Diva Variation a chick line? Totally Bro! WTF What is the Go Diva Variation? The Godiva Variation is a line played in the Sicilian Defence against 1.e4 (Kings Pawn Opening). Gurls love playing the GO DIVA VARIATION ECO co... | Read More

    • Material and Position

      Chess is a game of subtle imbalances which, if well-managed, can lead to an overwhelming victory out of apparently nowhere.  On the other hand, if they’re left unchecked, you can lose a game without really comprehending why.  Two of these imba... | Read More

      • rhart
      • | Nov 15, 2015
    • A System against the Dragon Variation

      Okeydonkey. My next few blog posts are all going to be about openings. Logozar requested the Dragon variation. Logozar requested the French Defense. Chicken_Monster requested that I explain the Slav. Chicken_Monster requested some info about t... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Nov 9, 2015
    • Checkmates of the day 17

      Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov beat top ukrainian player Vassily Ivanchuk in Moscow in 2009 in the World Blitz Championship: Black to move and checkmates in 1: Russian grandmaster Alexander Morozevich checkmated World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Mo... | Read More

    • Checkmates of the day 16

      Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beat top russian player Alexander Grischuk in the Blitz World Championship in Moscow in 2009. White to move and checkmates in 1: The best hungarian player Peter Leko checkmated Vasily Ivanchuk in Moscow in 2009 in the Bli... | Read More

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... 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 »

  • 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 cont... 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. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »