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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #60: Let's Play Detective!

    Professor: Hey, class, what’s up? A murmur of hello could be detected. Zephyr: Speaking for the class, we’re ready for some chess. Lucian: What are we doing today? Professor: I thought we’d play detective. Rachel: Play detective? What d... | Read More

  • Review: The Secret Life of Bad Bishops

    A former team member of mine has a favourite phrase which he likes to sing during blitz sessions with a big grin on his face: "gute Läufer, schlechte Läufer!" Referring to the legendary German grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann's similarly titled 1980... | Read More

  • How to Play Unorthodox Combinations

    Even devout Petrosian fans cannot deny that combinations are aesthetically pleasing by definition. However, keen tactical vision is no longer a unique commodity. Sharp combinatorial awareness has become a required skill of all serious chess play... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Alekhine vs Capablanca

    As we move further from the misty past and closer to modernity in our exploration of the endgames of world championship matches, we come to the battle between the incumbent champion, Jose Raul Capablanca, and the challenger, Alexander Alekhine. ... | Read More

  • Review: John Nunn's Chess Course

    There is much debate these days about whether Magnus Carlsen has already surpassed Garry Kasparov as the best player of all time - have these people forgotten that Carlsen has only been World Champion for less than a year now? Kasparov reigned for... | Read More


    • Prophylaxis, Part 1: The Best in the Business

         Hello! My name is Zach Kasiurak. I am a National master living in Columbus, OH rated 2273 USCF and 2198 FIDE. I am seriously pursuing my chess career and looking to improve rapidly as a player and coach.    I have created my blog to provid... | Read More

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      • | Sep 15, 2014
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    • Trading Pieces, Part 2: Evaluating Trades

          Hello! My name is Zach Kasiurak. I am a National Master living in Columbus, OH rated 2273 USCF and 2198 FIDE. I am seriously pursuing my chess career and looking to improve rapidly as a player and coach.   I have created my blog to provide... | Read More

      • zkman
      • | Sep 5, 2014
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    • A Tactical Theme Spanning Generations

      Sometimes tactical themes are learned and repeated from generation to generation... Take the first example in this blog, for instance. It is game number 10 from the World Championship match in 1966 between world Champion Tigran Petrosian and the ... | Read More

    • Trading Pieces, Part 1: Forced or Fantastic

         Hello! My name is Zach Kasiurak. I am a National Master living in Columbus, OH rated 2273 USCF and 2198 FIDE. I am seriously pursuing my chess career and looking to improve rapidly as a player and coach.    I have created my blog to provid... | Read More

      • zkman
      • | Sep 3, 2014
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    • Understand Chess Openings, Ruy Lopez

      Dear friends, opponents, and viewers!  Welcome to the new series on Understand Chess Openings! This blog series will uncover why we play openings and help you understand the reasons behind the moves. We will go over common openings and slowly go... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • King's Indian Attack

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      The King's Indian Attack (KIA), also known as the Barcza System (after Gedeon Barcza), is a chess opening system for White, most notably used by Bobby Fischer. Its typical formation is shown in the diagram to the right.It is an attacki... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence, Taimanov Variation

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    The Taimanov Variation of the Sicilian Defence arises after the moves 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 Nc6.  An equivalent move order is 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 e6.  The move order with 2...e6 is regarded as the standard move ord... Read More »