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  • 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

  • How To Play The Mar del Plata

    Dear readers: I will be continuing to cover opening variations in my column, but a slight shift will be made. Rather than looking at the historical developments of whole openings, I will be covering specific lines -- and not as much from a histori... | Read More


    • Calculation Training

      Today I offer you an opportunity to do some calculation training. Here is the deal: I give you a position, you set the timer for ten minutes and you see what you can calculate in that time. Write down as many quality variations as you ca... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jul 5, 2015
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    • ripple

      Playing for Change is a multimedia music project, that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit-organization called the Playing For Change Foundation, which builds... | Read More

    • Chess Informant 124 "AD PORTAS"

      Chess Informant 124 VENI VIDI VICI is "at the gate". Unveiled today, it brings amazing amount of first-rate material.  Morozevich on Taimanov Sicilian (see bellow) Harikrishna (winner of Edmonton International, see News section!) with the select... | Read More

      • GMTadic
      • | Jun 29, 2015
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    • نصب درب کرکره ای واجب است

      نصب درب کرکره اتوماتیک ونداد، تولیدکننده تیغه کرکره برقی و درب کرکره ای  : تیغه ی تولیدشده در ونداد، از جنس آلومینیوم ۶۰۶۰ تولید میگردد ... | Read More

      • Aryan-Shah
      • | Jun 23, 2015
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    • Test your positional instincts

      In the following position, Black looks to be slightly worse with fewer pieces developed, but is this so?     Did you find a strong move for Black? Try out your move in the puzzle: This is the sort of problem that someone with strong posit... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | Jun 21, 2015
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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 »