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  • The Anti-Sicilian Without A Name

    Among the less-trodden paths White can follow against the Sicilian Defense is the system with the seemingly paradoxical combination of Nc3 and Bb5. To my knowledge, this variation, unlike most of the other anti-Sicilians, has no name.... | Read More

  • How To Play The Chinese Dragon

    In the early 21st century, a new permutation of the evergreen Sicilian Dragon appeared: rather than place the queen's rook, obviously, on the open c-file, to put it instead on the closed b-file, supporting an advance of the b-pawn: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3... | Read More

  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g4!? The so-called "Li... | Read More

  • Manny

     Chess often forms a juncture with various disciplines such as literature, poetry, music, painting or films.  The point where they meet can be symbolic, thematic or just a hook meant to reel in the audience.  Certain artists or writers are, in... | Read More

  • Bent Larsen's Monster

    Today we will be taking a look at what is, on the surface, a grotesque combination of Bird's Opening and the Orangutang. Combining these two obscure openings might seem to create a monster worthy of Dr. Moreau -- or perhaps Dixon Bainbridge of The... | Read More


    • Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide

      I was recommended "Chess Structures: A GrandMaster Guide" by Mauricio Flore Rios and after a scan of the book I immediately purchased it.   Some books you read the first page and you instantly feel enthusiatic to work through it. This is one su... | Read More

    • 2nd Round game of US Chess

      This is my second game in which I played the grunfeld and though I didn't know the opening lines but I knew the themes and ideas and eventually I won a pawn and slowly but with some inaccuracies converted this into a winning endgame. | Read More

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        Most Popular! Diamond Unlimited access to all Chess.com features! $14 /month $99 /year Save 40%! Choose This Plan   Platinum Access to many features! $7 /month $49 /year Choose This Plan   Gold The basic per... | Read More

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    • Understanding the Clarendon Court Defence

      What is the        Clarendon Court Defence?     The (CCD) is a black opening that is Extra-Sharp. The (CCD) is considered unsound. However, It does offer a very interesting game. The (CCD) is played against 1.d4 (Queen Pawn Opening... | Read More

    • King's Indian Exchange Variation: Ideas and Model Game

      As a King's Indian player, you know that sickening feeling. Your opponent picks up his d-pawn and captures your e-pawn ... the Exchange variation. In an instant, all thoughts of an f5 pawn Kingside pawn storm evaporate. Dreams of magical sacrifice... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Budapest Gambit

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    The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defense) is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e5 Despite an early debut in 1896, the Budapest Gambit received attention from leading players only after a win as Black by Grandmaster Milan... Read More »

  • 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 »