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  • Why Do Grandmasters Blunder?

    Over the years I’ve noticed that whenever a grandmaster hangs his face, the masses of fake names go berserk and not only berate the unfortunate player but toss sick (and completely ignorant) accusations his way: “He lost on purpose! It’s a ... | Read More

  • The Greatest Chess Minds Video Series

    Let this video guide serve as the official reference point to help you find videos on your favorite chess players throughout history! has enjoyed lessons from the best coaches and players within our game. Hopefully,... | Read More

  • Making A Plus In The Petroff

    For a long time, the Petroff Defense (also known as the Russian Defense) has been a very solid weapon in situations where a draw is acceptable for Black. Through the end of the 20th century it featured prominently in top level tournaments, especia... | Read More

  • How To Beat Magnus Carlsen

    The 2015 edition of Norway Chess was a memorable event in several ways. Above all, it heralded the resurgence of Veselin Topalov and Viswanathan Anand, who both stormed through the field and turned in 2900+ performances. Topalov won the tournament... | Read More

  • The 5 Best Computer Chess Engines

    Computers are the future of chess. Almost everyone agrees on that. But the statement doesn’t go far enough. By and large, computers are also the present of chess. With the question of man vs. machine long-ago settled over the chessboard,... | Read More

    • The Last Time Svidler won the World Cup

      As I write this, GM Peter Svidler and GM Sergey Karjakin are perparing to do battle on the finals of the 2015 chess World Cup. In my opinion, winning the World Cup is one of the most impressive achievements in chess in any given year. There are s... | Read More

    • Baku World Cup Round 4

      There are some positions for you all to work on!These are from Baku World Cup only.  Peter Svidler,Shakriyar Mamedyarov,Wei Yi,Maxime Vachier Lagrave,Hikaru Nakamura,Eljanov Pavel,Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin win and advance to round 5.First of... | Read More

    • Players participating in Fide World Cup

      Veselin Topalov Bulgaria Hikaru Nakamura USA Fabiano Caruana USA Anish Giri Netherlands Liren Ding China Vladimir Kramnik Russia Wesley So USA Alexander Grischuk Russia Levon Aronian Armenia Sergey Karjakin Russia Evgeny Tomashevsky Rus... | Read More

    • World Cup Tactics

      Several surprises have already occurred at the World Cup, including the earliy eliminations of Levon Aronian (recent winner of the Sinquefield Cup), Vladimir Kramnnik (former World Champion and last year's World Cup winner), and Alexander Gris... | Read More

    • FIDE World Cup 2015 Quarterfinals quick update

      Ok so lots of action in the quarterfinals... Topalov managed to lose to Svidler and Caruana lost to Mamedyarov! (update on games with annotations will be posted later) Eljanov of Ukraine who started with 6.0/6 drew his first game to Jakovenko. Nak... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Benko Gambit

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    The Benko Gambit is characterized by the move 3...b5 in the Benoni Defense arising after: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 c53. d5 b5 The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) has three codes for the Benko Gambit: A57 3...b5 A58 3...b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 A59 3... Read More »

  • 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 »