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  • Walker

    George  Walker    George Walker's life (1803-1879) spanned one of the most remarkable periods of chess.  As a chess player, he met and played such personalities as John Cochrane, William Lewis, Alexander McDonnell, Labourdonnais, Pierre Charl... | Read More

  • Memphis Belle

      Miss Rosa Jefferson    The champion women chess player of the world Rosa B. Jefferson    Although she was a significant historical figure in American chess, Rosa Bradford Jefferson has remained largely unknown. Miss Jefferson edited ... | Read More

  • How To Play Multi-Purpose Moves

    How to Improve Your Tactics member shivendu2059xyz asked: I would like to discuss how to get better at tactics. Is solving tons of puzzles the only way to improve? Mr. shivendu2059xyz: There are many ways to study ... | Read More

  • The Most Unusual Check In Chess

    I run a chess club in a local school, and whenever I ask my students if a king can check another king, I hear a loud "No! Kings cannot kiss each other!" Of course, I know what they mean. Even beginners are well aware that this is the closest a k... | Read More

  • Melik Suggests Video Series

    For 10 video lessons, GM Melikset Khachiyan is here to analyze his preferred variations of different openings. Melik is one of our favorite coaches but he is also a world-class player. Our lessons will come from games of his own and his students. ... | Read More

    • My Goal of 1500

      My current playing level strength is approximately 1100-1200 Elo, and rising fast. I have set a goal of a 1500 USCF rating by the end of August 2016. My current study plan mainly consists of: Studying Endgames 25% Tactics 50% Playing games 25... | Read More

      • mocl125
      • | Nov 29, 2015
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    • How I turned my chess career around part two.

      This was first seen on my blog which you can find here: Wednesday, 4 November 2015 How I turned my chess career around- part two. A timeless classic? Ok so we've gotten to the part where I ... | Read More

    • Study by D. Petrov 1st prizewinner

      This study formed part of a lecture by David Fredgood at a meeting of the British Chess Problem Society last week entitled 'Some favourite light weight studies', which I am told was very good. I had no idea how to solve it so a small clue is that ... | Read More

    • On Chess & Dating part 1: Introduction and Mindsets

      Hi all! ^^ I've been waiting to write this blog entry for quite a bit, and I promised to do so for at least a year. Couldn't find the time, but here it finally is ^^ When I was writing this text, I realized that there was too much to say about t... | Read More

    • How to Get the Most Out of Your Tactics Study

      Even though the image in this blog post is for studying for school, a lot of the tips apply to chess study. The quickest way to get better at chess is to increase your tactical vision, which will also help in your visualization and calculation ski... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Nov 24, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Zugzwang

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    Zugzwang an intermediate move  ZANG  Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung",  Zugzwang (German for "compulsion to move", pronounced [ˈtsuːktsvaŋ]) is a situation found in chess and other games wherein one player is put at a disadvantage because they m... Read More »

  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Horwitz, Bernard

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    Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885) was a German-born card player(specialized in miniatures) and chess study composer.    In 1845, he settled in England and began teaching chess.  In 1846, he lost as match with Howard Staunton, losing 14 games, winni... Read More »

  • endgame study

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    An Endgame Study is a composed problem in an endgame position that contains an aesthetic solution, and is usually hard to find. There are many such studies, and famous composers include GM Pal Benko, Ladislav Prokes,Richard Reti,and Alexei Troitsk... Read More »

  • Reti, Richard

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    Richard Reti (1889-1929) was one of the founders of the hypermodern school of chess, along with Nimzovich, Tartakower, and Breyer.  He was born in Hungary and went to Vienna to study mathematics, but gave that up for chess.  Richard Reti... Read More »