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  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More

  • Botvinnik And The Winawer

    After World War Two, the chess world (and the world in general) was abruptly changed. It is very clear that a demarcation line can be placed at 1945 between the old classical chess and modern chess. There were many changes in the chess world aro... | Read More

  • 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

    • Opening Systems

      For chess players who hates memorising opening lines, I recommend you to study some systems. I will give 10 examples of systems here, 5 with Black and 5 with White. 1. The Hedgehog This system is usually used against the Open Variation in the Si... | Read More

      • williamn27
      • | Oct 3, 2015
    • Strategic King's Indian Lessons from So-Nakamura Saint Louis 2015

      I explored the tactical themes from So-Nakamura, Saint Louis 2015 in my blog post.   I felt it very important to highlight three strategic ... | Read More

    • Tactical King's Indian Lessons from So-Nakamura, Saint Louis 2015

      If you want to play the Black side of the King's Indian then you want to be familiar with the tactical themes illustrated in the King Hunt from So-Nakamura Sinquefield Cup, Saint Louis 2015.   I discovered this game after taking advantage of th... | Read More

    • Finding the balance between passive and active learning

      When we first start learning chess, it feels like there is just so much we need to know. And once we learn one, another comes. Like: develop pieces in the opening, opposition in king and pawn endgames. Then we might even learn some patterns, lik... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | Sep 29, 2015
    • lebesgue72 vs. kalilov: French Defense 9/24/15

      Hi all. This is a game I played a few days ago. I was white in the french defense. One of the main themes here is how to defend or move the e4 pawn, and proceed. I chose to do so with my light-squared bishop, and ended up moving it three times in ... | Read More

      • lebesgue72
      • | Sep 26, 2015

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 »