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  • Mastering Your Psychological Intuition

    For my victory over Capablanca I am indebted primarily to my superiority in the field of psychology. Capablanca played, relying almost exclusively on his rich intuitive talent. But for the chess struggle nowadays one needs a subtle knowledge of hu... | Read More

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

    Topic for June: the endgame (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column.) The Bad Things About Speed Chess? (For answers to all other speed chess questions received, please read my replies in the for... | 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

  • Classic Combinations

    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

  • The Scandinavian Video Series

    What makes chess beautiful is what remains undiscovered in its lesser-used openings. Obviously, some theory remains more popular than others and for good reason. Regardless, becoming acquainted with the ugly ducklings of chess, like the Scandinavi... | Read More

    • (Somewhat) Intriguing Positions Edition 2

      I am currently playing a correspondence game in which I encountered the following position after 20... Ra4 (I was playing black against a lower-rated player). The idea here was to take on c4 on the next move, but I realised that my rook would ha... | Read More

      • smith8800
      • | Jun 24, 2015
    • The Fatal Blunder

      I'm pretty sure this has already been blogged about, but here are some examples where a much lower ranked player (me) has beaten a much higher ranked player because of one blunder. Don't fall to one of the traps: Attacks f2 square: As you can... | Read More

      • EliTeDavee
      • | Jun 23, 2015
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    • A Road Map to Higher Ratings

          Hello Chess Fans, Throughout history we've been fascinated by children who can beat experienced adult chess players and even Masters: Paul Morphy, Jose Capablanca and Samuel Reshevsky are in that category before the time when volumes o... | Read More

    • A Few Tactics From Last Night

      I ground out a five hour win last night against an 11 year old 2100 and someone I used to teach in chess camps and classes. It wasn't a pretty game and I had to decine 3 draw offers along the way, but eventually I pulled through. I'm still analyz... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | Jun 20, 2015
    • Where Games Help And Theory Doesn't

      Since it's my first ever blog post for, I wanted to put out a personal experience regarding my games and, in general, my chess. While some theory is crucial (we humans below 1800 aren't exactly Stockfish or Houdini that can find the book... | Read More

      • arnav_0702
      • | Jun 11, 2015

Video Lessons


  • the Grob

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    Grob's Attack is an unconventional chess opening where White immediately moves the king knight's pawn two squares ahead: 1. g4 The opening takes its name from Swiss International Master Henri Grob (1904–1974) who analyzed it extensively... Read More »

  • 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 »