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  • The Amazing Chess Illusion

    Most people are fascinated by optical illusions. Indeed it is a very strange feeling that what you see with your own eyes is not exactly what it is. This reminds me of the punchline to the old joke that I already mentioned in this article: "who ... | Read More

  • The Paulsen Sicilian: A History

    The Open Sicilian can be broken down into four basic systems. In one, the Dragon, the black bishop is fianchettoed on g7. In the Scheveningen, it is developed on e7 while Black adopts a "little center" of pawns on d6 and e6. In a third, t... | Read More

  • Pfc. Seidman

              Despite the War, the 1940s were an exciting time in American chess, especially in New York.  The USCF, newly formed, still seemed vibrant and "Chess Review,"  Horowitz' somewhat self-serving periodical, reflected the vivacious... | Read More

  • The French Winawer: A History

    In the first installment of my series on the development of various opening variations, we learned about the history of the King's Gambit. This week we will be moving on to a more modern and frequently seen opening: the Winawer French. In th... | Read More

  • The Greenwich Village Gambit

     Manhattan, early '60s --  a place and a time.       One of the few sources of insight into this particular chess scene comes to us through the pages of the March-April, 1964 issue of Frank Brady's marvelous, though short-lived, magazine... | Read More

    • The Slav Defense - Slav Accepted

      A diagram of the Slav Accepted variation for black. The Slav Accepted is a variation of the Slav Defense. | Read More

    • The Slav Defense - Exchange Variation

      A diagram of the Exchange Variation for black. The Exchange Variation is a variation of the Slav Defense. | Read More

    • Establishing a baseline on retention of skills Post hiatus

      Update on the New Imps: Before I get into the main topic, I want to mention how the New Imps is meant to be a support community for those adult chess players seeking improvement where we can share encouragement, ideas and stories as we journey to... | Read More

    • An Unsound Trap in the Boor Attack

      I felt very good about this game as I was playing it. I though i'd found a great trap in the Boor attack variation of the Exchange Slav. It worked very well when I played it but computer analysis after the game showed me it was sound. Black had t... | Read More

      • LearnHard
      • | Dec 21, 2014
    • Gambling on an exchange sacrifice

      My guess is most of those watching the London Chess Classic would focus on the 2700s-2800s heavyweights duking out in the Premier section. However, I also find the Gawain Jones vs  Edouard Romain 6-game match very interesting, and am rooting fo... | Read More

      • juniortay
      • | Dec 13, 2014

Video Lessons


  • The English Opening

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    This Chess opening involves the first move c4, (called The English Opening because a group of English players in around the 1890's often played it, including Howard Staunton), it is played as one of the main opening choices for white- an alternati... Read More »

  • A00 to E99

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    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »

  • Queen's Gambit

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    The Queen's Gambit is the starting position of many respectable chess opening such as the Queen's Gambit Accepted, the Queen's Gambit Declined and the Slav Defence. Black in most cases prefers not to capture the pawn as he cannot keep it without ... Read More »

  • Semi-Slav Defense

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      The Semi-Slav Defense is a variation of the Queen's Gambit chess opening, defined by the position reached after 1. d4 d52. c4 e63. Nc3 Nf64. Nf3 c6,though the position may readily be reached by a number of different move-orders. T... Read More »

  • The Slav Defense

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    The Slav Defense begins with the moves 1. d4 d52. c4 c6The Slav is one of the primary defenses to the Queen's Gambit. Although it was analyzed as early as 1590, it was not until the 1920s that it started to be explored extensively. Many m... Read More »