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  • Boris Spassky And The Leningrad Variation

    The 10th world champion, Boris Spassky, was a universal player with a wide opening repertoire. He mostly played classical openings with a healthy aggression. One weapon, which served him well throughout his career, was a rather surprising move: 4.... | Read More

  • 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

    • Ya ALI

      ۱ – آفةالکلام الاطالة آفت سخن ، پرگوئی است . THE BANE OF SPEECH IS PROLIXITY کوتاه سخن گوی ، گر از نیکوئیاندر سخن خود ، اثری می جوئیهنگام سخن ، حذر ز ... | Read More

      • Esphandyar
      • | Nov 28, 2015
    • Lessons from Kramnik-Topalov, Skopje 2015 1-0

      Chessbase Magazine 169 has just arrived on my doorstep, and the first game highlighted is this instructive game annotated by Kramnik against Topalov from the European Cup in Skopje.   I'm making a concerted effort to annotate and blog all chess... | Read More

    • My journey to 1800 ELO: chess pointers

      I decided to write a blog post detailing how I came to finally reach 1800 ELO. This post will hopefully instruct other chess players looking to improve their game. 1) Stick to a consistent opening repertoire  This may sound obvious so I shall e... | Read More

    • Searching for the right themes for you

      Dear Readers, Which themes would you like to read about? What would you like to study by reading this blog? Please write your ideas and suggestions in a comment! Thank you for your help to making this blog better! Atilla | Read More

    • Ups and downs - Blunder losses and creative wins

      Hi dear chess friends worldwide. Are you playing interesting and inspiring chess games ? Or are you just collecting rating points at all costs ? [1] Here an exciting wild loss. Against this player I had already 5 losses and +0 =0. In the end he ... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Nov 19, 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 »