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  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 5

    Unorthodox Chess Players Einet890 asked a few questions, but I will only answer one here, and one other next time I do a Q&A article. Mr. Einet890, I’ll answer this question for everyone, though you’re welcome to use the ans... | Read More

  • "Hope Chess" - A Common Mistake: Part II

    Part II focuses on the intemediate player. Firstly: let me describe the qualities that are most often found in the intermediate player: 1) The main difference between the intermediate player and the beginning player is the ability to move and k... | Read More

  • The Greek Gift Sacrifice Lives On!

    As beginners, we are taught a surprising amount of various tricks, sacrifices, and mates that rarely occur in serious tournament practice. Scholar's Mate, Fool's Mate, Legal's Mate - all of these are aesthetically pleasing to an amateur, but requi... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #33 - Knights to Remember

    Professor: Class, how special it is to see you. Zephyr & Lucian: Hello, Professor. We do feel pretty special. Professor: Don’t let it go to your heads, but I’d like to start off with a question, if you don’t mind. Zephyr: I don... | Read More

  • How to Turbo-Charge Your Game

    Every chess player dreams of improving his game. He might simply want to smash his friends. He might want that 1200 rating to turn into a 1600 rating. Or he might be sick and tired of not knowing why he lost games X, Y, and Z. Study certainly help... | Read More

    • My Lord I am rusty, but... that doesn't mean I can't win.

      It's been a while since I've written a blog, and a lot has changed. My last blog post was about breaking the 2000 barrier, and this new one is on rustyness. ( | Read More

    • Signs of Progress

      Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw   When I first created my membership on I expected to have a chess rating between 1300 -1400. I quickly disco... | Read More

      • dillarse
      • | Jul 9, 2014
    • The Best Linux Apps for Chess

      NOTE: I may update this post as apps add features or I learn of better alternatives. Feel free to send me suggestions to try! Also, many of these programs are free, but accept donations. If you can, consider donating to the projects you use  I h... | Read More

    • Bullet Academy Ep. 1

      A new video series where I teach you tips and tricks to improve your Bullet chess. Before going any further, be sure to know how to pre-move! | Read More

      • zibbit
      • | Jun 26, 2014
    • One Lucky Step Closer: Chicago Open 2014

      It's been awhile since my last tournament (October of last year), and I expected going in to the Chicago Open this year to be completely out of form.  My only "training" was in the week prior to the event, when I did a few hours of tactics traini... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Dutch Defense

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    The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 ... Read More »