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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


    • Master Chess Analysis 4th Session

      Hello All and welcome to the 4th session of my series where I analyze the games of Chess.com members, Today I will go over the 8 games that were sent to me to be analyzed. The games all had different ideas and concepts that are crucial for a good... | Read More

    • Adolf Anderssen's Belief Regarding Sacrifices

        One of the themes of Adolf Anderssen's game that I have followed for quite some time is speedy and quick development.  Adolf Anderssen believed that as long as this goal was acheived, potential for extremely potent attacks exist.  I recently ... | Read More

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      • | Jul 27, 2015
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    • The Rudeness continues

      Today, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I had tied for third in an online tournament: March of the Penguins.  To celebrate, I went to the movies.  But before I left, I was wondering what happend to an issue of Harper's Magazine :June 201... | Read More

    • FM and FT Introduction (With Games)

      HI! My name is Sebastián Fell, from Argentina (so forgive me for my english), and I'm a chess enthusiast. I'm a chess player, coach, instructor, blogger, organizer, (kind of) arbiter, reader and more! As a player I have 2311 FIDE Elo, so I ... | Read More

      • FMCouch
      • | Jul 23, 2015
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    • Picking Apart the Alapin

      The Alapin is one of white's most annoying anti-sicilian tries. He immediately supports the advance to d4 while waiting to see where black develops his pieces. A very versatile and sneaky opening, the Alapin has a devoted following amongst both to... | 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 »