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  • Schrödinger's Chess Puzzle

    Warning - the article you are about to read might produce a variety of symptoms, including lightheadedness, altered vision, eye or face twitching, jerking or shaking of arms or legs, disorientation, confusion, or momentary loss of awareness.  **... | Read More

  • Checkmate race in the Slav defense

    After a long break I played again in the Hungarian team championship league on Sunday at 2nd of February. I was excited before the game. I planned to use my prepared ideas in the slav defense. 2 years ago I helped an Indian student, a woman gran... | Read More

  • The Sicilian Hole

    Many openings (especially when you play Black) have specific strategical problems typical for that particular opening. If you play the French Defense, then the bishop on c8 is your constant headache. In the Tarrasch Defense you need to live with a... | Read More

  • Ideas on how to prepare a good opening repertoire

    Greetings everyone! I am grandmaster Rafael Leitão, from Brazil. My FIDE rating is 2645. I am going to write a series of articles about chess preparation. Many ambitious chessplayers do not know how to work in order to achieve a master and grandm... | Read More

  • From Opening to Endgame: Petrosian's Triumph

    It was the fifth game of the 1963 world championship match between Tigran Petrosian and Mikhail Botvinnik. Petrosian, the challenger, had not yet won a game against Botvinnik, neither in the match nor at any time before. Botvinnik was at +1 in the... | Read More


      I found this checklist online on steps to follows BEFORE making your move. PRE-MOVE C H E C K L I S T   1.     Material - Always check the material balance before commencing analysis! (The strategic  implications here are very clear. If ... | Read More

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    • 5 chess game best of three zuccotti park

      t’s six in the morning in Zucotti Park. Quiet hours started at eleven, but that isn’t stopping the kid behind me from singing and playing Bob Dylan’s greatest hits on his guitar. I politely tolerate it until he starts to play “Rainy Day Wo... | Read More

    • #31 Slav (The Immortal Endgame)

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    • High School Nationals Experience +

      Hello everyone! First blog post in a long while! Haven't been doing much since Im usually too lazy to write one :(! Enjoy the reading! The tournament was in San Diego, California, and since my grades were pretty good, my dad allowed me to play, a... | Read More

    • Daily Live Chess Digest - 2014/04/08

      Welcome to this Blog post :-) I upload 3 videos of blitz chess games every day, free on Youtube to watch. Once in a while I also add a rapid game (15 Min per player), all with live comments of course.  The Ruy Lopez delayed Exchange is a toug... | Read More

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 »