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  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 3a

    When a player starts out, he’s told various rules that will help him navigate through the choppy waters of chess. A few basic ones are: Don’t hang your pieces Don’t swallow and talk at the same time Castle as quickly as possible Don’t all... | Read More

  • When a Loser Becomes a Winner, Part Two

    Any chess player who is familiar with the enormous heritage of the great Nimzowitsch should know his "Immortal Zugzwang Game." The last move of the game is a treat for a real chess connoisseur: In his book, Nimzowitsch expressed h... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, February 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes A Sudden Gap Between Big Events After a period chock-full of tournaments (Tata Steel, Gibraltar, Zurich!) suddenly things are quiet... | Read More

  • Who's your favorite World champion in chess?

    Hi all! Today I have got a question: Who's your favourite World champion in chess? You can choose from this list (not only the real World championship winners):  1. Garry Kasparov  - 19 votes 2. Anatoly Karpov  - 9 votes 3. Magnus Cars... | Read More

  • Oh, How the Mighty Fall

         There is no question that chess masters are lightyears ahead of the average player in both technical skill and understanding.  Sometimes we even think of these players as superhuman at least in chess terms and that perception remains pr... | Read More

    • Top 100 Chess Players July 2014

              Rank Name Country Rating 1  Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2877 2  Aronian, Levon  ARM 2805 3  Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2795 4  Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2789 5  Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2787 6  Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2786 7  Anand, Viswana... | Read More

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    • Beautiful Chess Games

          Chess is an old and beautiful intelectual game that attracts millions of people around the globe regardless of their strenghth. The beauty of chess lies in tactics and precise calculation which makes it complex and challenging. There are man... | Read More

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    • Caruana leads Norway Chess 2014

      That´s it, Fabiano Caruana is leading Norway Chess 2014 after 4 rounds. But let´s start from the beginning. On the first day of the tournament, an (unrated) blitz event took place in which best players would get more whites for the classical gam... | Read More

    • An Endgame Blooper Reel

      "In order to improve your game you must study the endgame before anything else; for, whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middlegame and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame." - Capablanca "Studying... | Read More

    • Aronian: I never imagined Carlsen would become a top player

      While discussing young Armenian talents in a recent interview Levon Aronian made the surprising admission that he thought Magnus Carlsen would fail to become a top chess player as his approach wouldn’t work against stronger players. He also expl... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Svesnikov

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             The Sveshnikov Variation was pioneered by Evgeny Sveshnikov and Gennadi Timoshchenko in the 1970s. Before their efforts, the variation was called the Lasker–Pelikan Variation. Emanuel Lasker played it once in his world champi... Read More »

  • Kramnik, Vladimir

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    Vladimir Kramnik, born June 25, 1975, is a Russian Grandmaster (1992) and world champion (2000-2007) who defeated Garry Kasparov in 2000 in the Brain Games World Championship in London.This was the 14th World Chess Championship.This was the first ... Read More »

  • Corus Chess Tournament

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    The Corus Chess Tournament is a major chess tournament played in the small seaside town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938 for Dutch players only, it became an international event in 1946 and has grown into one of the most presti... Read More »

  • Anand, Viswanathan

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    Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand, born on Dec 11, 1969, is India's first Grandmaster (1988, at the age of 18) who won the World Junior Championship in 1987.  In 1983, he won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with a perfec... Read More »