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  • How To Play The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit

    The 90s were a decade of complex openings:  in particular, the King's Indian and the Semi-Slav. In 1992, a peculiar attacking idea came out of Latvia to combat the Semi-Slav, Meran Variation. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Speed Chess -- The Good

    Topic for May/June: The Endgame (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other departments.) The Good and the Bad of Speed Che... | Read More

  • Never Trust Your Opponent!

    In 2007, at the Far West Open in Reno, I played the first two grandmasters of my life: Melik Khachiyan and fellow columnist Gregory Serper. Khachiyan soundly outplayed me in a King's Indian, but my battle with Gregory was a different k... | Read More

  • Surprise Your Opponent!

    The Benko Gambit is one of the most popular openings among club players. It is indeed very appealing to grab the initiative early in the game playing Black against your opponent who likes to play positional chess. Why do I assume that your oppon... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations: Historic Attacks

    This new series is all about attacking chess, combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny bit... | Read More

    • Hearthstone: Release the Glaives!

      I havent Posted in a while so I thought I would provide an updated decklist for anyone who may be interested.   Blizzard has nerfed the hunter several times.  The biggest nerf in the form of increasing the cost of Starving Buzzard from 2 to ... | Read More

      • Osiris27
      • | May 21, 2015
    • 5/15 Chain of Victory

      On Friday, I played a total of eight online games. I won 5 of them, and only lost one of them. I'll list them for you here. Somewhat fittingly, my nice chain of games started out with a loss. This was the game: Here's the second game: The th... | Read More


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      • gypsymindy
      • | May 19, 2015
    • September 24, 2014 (KIA)

      This is a game I thought I was going to lose on time.  Material was even when I blundered my queen with my time running low on move 36; but my opponent was apparently so surprised that he spent too much time trying to figure out if it was a trap,... | Read More

      • rkd1
      • | May 18, 2015
    • Caro-Kann Trap in Quick Chess

      I played in a rare quick-rated chess tournament at my club last night. The time control was G/10+3. For a group that usually plays G/90+5, let's just say it was an interesting night! I ended up with an reasonable 2.5 of 5 points but In the firs... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | May 15, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns

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    Hi! This is Chessking47 (or CK47) writing about Mating Patterns. First, Anastasia's Mate.              I hope you enjoyed that cute mate. Now, the mate can be applied more strikingly. Combine decoy and clearance sacrifice. ... Read More »

  • Petroff's Defence

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    Petroff's Defence (or the Russian Game) arises after: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6    There is an interesting trap where white may blunder his Queen away early in the game after: 3. Nxe5 Qe7 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3?? Leads to Nxc3+, and black will win ... Read More »

  • Legal Trap

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    The Legal Trap is a trap that ocurs in the Philidor Defence.  It ocurs when Black tries to pin a knight to the queen. Black is down a pawn with no compensation.   Sometimes, h3 is not necessary. This example shows an example of t... Read More »

  • A00 to E99

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    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »