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  • The Smith-Morra Gambit: A History

    For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers. Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Chigorin Defense at the end of the 19th century.  In the following years, Chigorin used his defense many times and demonstrated its basic themes. Let's look at some of them. Black's play on t... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History

    The Chigorin Defense is one opening whose history -- unlike some of others we have examined in previous weeks -- revolves around one man. And of course this is its namesake, Mikhail Chigorin. Chigorin was born in 1850 near St. Peterburg, where h... | Read More

  • Q&A: Opening Prep And Troll Attacks

    QUESTION: Taylor_chess85 asked: “I would like to understand the type of games I am interested in playing. I am a beginner, and I thought that maybe I might make a database of every game certain people played with a certain opening. My idea is ... | Read More


    • Millionaire Chess Satellite Tournaments coming to Africa!

      Contact: Graham Jurgensen Position: Executive Director – Kasparov Chess Foundation AfricaEmail: grahamjurg@gmail.com Contact: Sid GandhiPosition: Operations Manager – Millionaire ChessEmail: support@millionairechess.com KASPAROV CHESS F... | Read More

    • Parallels between the Classical Music and the Chess scene.

      A good chess playing friend of mine, Dr Jeevarajah Nithiananthan is an accomplished pianist as well.  Hence, he has a very good idea of the Classical Music scene /circuit as he still does the occasional piano performance for schools and other fun... | Read More

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    • Puzzle Honorable Mention 2013 - Mate in 8 - White to Play

      [EN] A mate in 8 (white to play) composition chess problem that explore the chess themes: switchback (a piece leaves a square, and then later in the solution returns to it by the same route [for example, a rook moves e3–e5–e3] ); and  pass... | Read More

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    • Exploring the Master Class with Bobby Fischer (A Review)

      Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen hold much higher ELO ratings and have won more World Championships than he ever did, but Bobby Fischer is still considered one of the greatest chess players in history. This is due in large part to his absolute d... | Read More

    • French Bishop

      in French Defense, Advance Variation; French Bishop becomes liability. locked behind the central pawn chain. 2nd drawback is that black cannot develop his kingside knight to its best square i.e. f6. to get rid of French Bishop is to exchange it w... | 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 »