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  • Do You Need To Study Junk Openings?

    Some chess players love to play offbeat openings. I knew one class-A player who was a die-hard devotee of the Vulture Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 Ne4?!). He was showing me a book (why do they kill trees to publish such books?) that explaine... | Read More

  • 7 Dumb Chess Ideas To Avoid This Year

    We've kicked off a new year, but beginning chess players still play the same unsound chess ideas that have been tried by inexperienced players for decades. Unless their opponents are similarly new to the game, players relying on these unsophisti... | Read More

  • A Potpourri of Traps

    Why study traps?      There are several good reasons why studying traps might be considered important. First, of course, to avoid becoming a victim of one.  Second is to recognize when the opportunity of gaining a quick victory appears.  B... | Read More

  • 1 Billion Games Served

    How many games have been played on OK, so maybe Dr. Evil asked for 100 billion, but we're getting there. A billion is a big number. If one game started every second, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly 32 years to get to a billio... | Read More

  • Eight Is Enough

    Professor: Good afternoon, class. Are you ready for some chess? Three quarters of the students expressed a certain readiness. One quarter didn't. Rachel: I think all eight of us are ready, professor. Zephyr: Eight? Are there really that many... | Read More

    • Must Know Traps Against the Caro-Kann Defense - Part 2

      In my first article on the Caro-Kann Defense, I explained the basic tactics of defending against this opening as white.  In this article we will focus on The Tricks & Traps that are often found and executed ...if you know what to look for.... | Read More

    • White Playing Against the Caro-Kann Defense

      All serious 1. e4 players need to be prepared to play against the Caro-Kann Defense, in addition to the French, Sicilian and Pirc to name a few.  In today's article, we will focus on white's response to the Caro-Kann Defense, which is characte... | Read More

    • White Repertoire for Bullet Chess

      Hi! everyone dear chess friend! Please permit me to recommend a White repertoire for bullet chess. The repertoire that I am recommending is the English Opening Botvinnik set up , regardless of Black reply. The move order that I recommending is ... | Read More

      • zackbany
      • | Feb 16, 2015
    • Developing Prophylactic Thinking. Part I

      In the suggested series (all of it will consist 4 parts), we would like to help to chess players who are faced with the first and annoyed problem during the game - blunders. This mini-course will not help you immediately get rid of this chess viru... | Read More

    • Chess Databook 2015

      Knowing openings means you don't have to spend lots of time trying to understand your opponents moves, since you've already done your homework ahead of time. It also means you understand the general plans for both white and black, the themes, and ... | Read More

      • Pirc8888
      • | Feb 12, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... Read More »

  • Greco, Gioacchino (Joachino)

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    Gioacchino Greco (1600-1634) was an Italian chess player and the best known of the wandering chessmen in the early 17th century. Greco learned chess from earlier books and kept a notebook of tactics, and short and clever games.  He made a liv... Read More »