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  • How To Play A Counterblow

    The ability to recover after a tactical oversight is a difficult skill to master. Indeed, the temptation to panic after blundering an ostensibly crushing sacrifice or combination is overwhelming. It is the mark of a strong, experienced player to r... | Read More

  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Smith-Morra Gambit.  As the Smith-Morra began to encounter strong players, a variety of different responses developed. In the early days, declining the gambit was actually quite popular. In fact, ... | Read More

  • Let's Get Physickal

         There were a few 19th century London chess players who, although they weren't quite on par with the best, were by no means second-rate players  and made names for themselves both locally and abroad.      One such player was the pr... | Read More

  • Mastering Squares, Part 2

    In part one, I discussed a game that I feel is extremely instructive. There were opening nuances, tactics, and the usual highs and lows. But the main thing that fueled the game’s soul was the existence of two potentially weak squares on e5 a... | Read More

  • 6 Chess Moves You Have To Play Before You Die

    The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More


      Online chess is basically standard chess with an unlimited amount of time. You're able to basically analyze the position for as long as you want 1) ANALYZE THE POSITION BEFORE YOU MOVE! Since you get infinite time to think in an online chess game... | Read More

    • A year to improve my chess (January)

      Yet another new year, yet another resolution to improve my chess. This year at least I've come up with a bit of a study plan to try and get my playing strength up a bit. I'm targetting improving my Online rating from around the 1750 mark and hopin... | Read More

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    • Tips to Awesomeness (When you first start)

          So Im gonna do these tips for people like you, those people who like to play chess. Tell me if you like these tips.       I thought chess was a simple game with a little complicated rules, BOY WAS I WRONG, chess turned out to be one... | Read More

    • Bad bad day of chess.

      5 games, 4 losses and 1 draw.  Many winning chances blown.  A terrible day for me Lessons to learn here:  1) I need to better manage my time.  2) Not to panic or get discourage even when I have blown a winning position but to keep fightin... | Read More

    • Still Unrated

      While I have successfully resisted the urge to play blitz games, I have also allowed all my chess efforts to stop for the past 8 weeks. Too much travelling about, celebrations, seeing friends, family, studies, all of that left little time for ches... | Read More

      • simplydt
      • | Jan 30, 2015
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Video Lessons

  • decoy

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    Chess games many times are won and lost because of a single tactical move. One of the most common tactics that you will see in any chess game is the decoy. The decoy in chess is finding a poisoned square that your opponent would never want to g... Read More »

  • What You Need to Know Well as a Beginner

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    The Tactics! If you are directed to the wrong page from my profile,please go back. Forks A fork is basically when one piece attacks two. Skewer When one piece attacks a more valuable piece and then a less valuable piece behind it. Pawns can't... Read More »

  • Underpromotion tactics

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    In 90% of the cases pawns are promoted to queens. Sometimes though, it would be better to promote to something else other than a queen, like in the following examples: Here is one that involves promoting to a rook: If you think your skills at ... 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 »

  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... Read More »