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  • How To Battle The Caro-Kann

    In the previous two articles, I have discussed the earliest beginnings of the Caro-Kann Defense as well as later usage and developments. In this third part of the four-part series, I will discuss the various methods White has evolved to oppose the... | Read More

  • 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


    • Chess Improvement in 200 days: day 100

      So its been 100 days since I started chess improvement in 200 days. And it is also 100 days before the tournaments, namely zonal. I'm abit dissappointed with the amount of study and effort I put in so far. Still managed to get some stuff done. M... | Read More

    • Fawning Over the Chess.com iOS App

      Several months ago I wrote an article where I examined some of the best that iOS has to offer in the way of chess apps. One of those was the official app for Chess.com, where I spend much of my time reading and learning as much as I can about... | Read More

    • An Opinion given on Impulse

      Feel free to disagree, but I am convinced as of today, in an impulsive manner that no untitled player should be playing time controls under G60.  Real chess is at least G60.  Sadly most of my life all I have played is blitz, with some 15 minute ... | Read More

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    • Learning to play Chess: Weekly Analysis #2

      I have no idea what book this is from, its just a quote that I like (and seems to be true.)   In my continuing effort to learn chess, I have decided to focus  on some of the more important overarching study topics. Things like tactics, avoi... | Read More

    • Best Book on Multi-Piece Endgames: Endgame Strategy by Shereshevsky, a Review

      This is a fantastic book. It is the first book that people pointed me to, when I was trying to improve my endgame play. The problem was: I learnt theoretical endgames but I was usually outplayed because of my opponent's knowledge of plans and ide... | Read More


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  • 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 »