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  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Strategy

    In my last article, I gave you five tips to improve your tactics.  If you did your homework and practiced your tactics (either Tactics Trainer, or my Chess Genie app) you will see the benefits right away! However, learning strateg... | Read More

  • Best of Millionaire Chess Video Series

    Many have tried to increase chess awareness over the years. None have succeeded to the degree GM Maurice Ashley did recently, in the Millionaire Chess Open of October 2014. GM Ashley, a brilliant entrepreneur, took a page from the NFL for his ow... | Read More

  • Who Will Have The Faster Finger In Death Match 32?

    We've known for a while that the former world blitz number-one GM Maxim Dlugy would play in this month's Death Match 32. Now we know his opponent: blitz maven and past Death Match champion IM Yaacov Norowitz. The match will be three hours of bli... | Read More

  • GM Serper's Chess Video Quiz

    This is the time of the year when kids are passing their final exams in school, so I decided to offer a quiz for our readers too. We did regular chess tests before (for example, here and here), so today I decided to try something new. You... | Read More

  • Reader Questions: Agenda, Study, And Analysis

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the, “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on I try to give a heady mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of ... | Read More

    • Creating and Exploiting Targets - Part 2

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome back to part 2 where we'll continue training your Nose to Sniff-Out TARGETS to use as Focal Points of attack.  It's Your Mission in chess to find Exploitable Weaknesses, either a pawn or a piece, that can be attacked mu... | Read More

    • My Favorite ChessPlayer: Super Nezh!

      RASHID GIBIATOVICH NEZHMETDINOV(born Dec-15-1912, died Jun-03-1974, 61 years old) Russia       Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov was born in Aktubinsk, then part of the Russian Empire and now known as Aqtöbe, in Kazakhstan, into a poo... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Jul 1, 2015
    • A Tactical Shot Finishes a Positional Game

      Probably my best tactical shot succeeded in the today's round of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting Open. In a Maroczy Bind structure, I slowly increased the pressure and after the exchanges of rooks, my queen controlled the only open file. Probably the... | Read More

      • kurze15
      • | Jul 1, 2015
    • Staff Profiles: Pedro

      This is the eighth in a series of posts to help people get to know the team better. Today, we meet a guy who's probably never even seen the "website part" of, Pedro Bolaños!! Where do you live? I currently live ... | Read More

      • webmaster
      • | Jun 30, 2015
    • Day 8 of 800 to 2200 Blitz Challenge

      On June 26th I continued with the eighth day of my 800 to 2200 blitz challenge for the month of June! Unfortunately due to some other commitments during June, I will have to continue the challenge a bit into the month of July but I will definite... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Zwischenzug

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    The German word zwischenzug means 'in-between move', and it is a common tactic that occurs in almost every game of chess! It is also known as an `intermezzo`. Picture your opponent making a move that directly threatens one of your pieces: instead... Read More »

  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... Read More »

  • Korn, Walter

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    Walter Korn (1908-1997) was the editor of Modern Chess Openings and chess contributor to chess publications for 50 years.  He was the first  FIDE International Judge for Chess Endgame Compositions in North America.   He fl... Read More »