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  • Spicy Gambits

    Gambits are an important part of chess. Although most of them come from White’s initiative, there are also many sound counter gambits for Black that have developed over time. Understanding how to play with and against gambits is important fo... | Read More

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    Chess.com University's courses offer a college-like chess learning experience. Unlike in Chess.com University seminars, only 10% to 15% of instruction in courses is delivered live. Previously taught courses are available in the independent-study f... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4b

    This is the second part of an article (Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4a) that pointed out some structural similarities between the Sicilian Wing Gambit, the French Wing Gambit, and the Benko Gambit. However, the main focus quickly moved to the... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4a

    Is the Sicilian Wing Gambit and the French Defense a version of the Benko Gambit!? mcelsouza asked: I used to play the Wing Gambit against the Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3. I must say I played it due to my laziness (avoiding the Sicilian t... | Read More

  • How To Play Against Old Guys, Pt. 2

    In Part One of How To Play Against Old Guys, I gave the weaknesses and strengths of older players. I’ll repeat them here: WEAKNESSES * Old players get tired. Really tired. Often really fast. * Old players can (and do!) easily lose c... | Read More


    • Let's have a closer look at the Sicilian Wing Gambit

      "White’s idea is straightforward. He wants to divert the c-pawn in order to build up a strong centre." 1) Let us start with a game of 2 dutch club players. White played and won! How? Black gave up after White's 16th move. What follows is an amu... | Read More

    • Sicilian Defense Against the Closed Sicilian

      Hello Chess Fans, Today we will continue with the Sicilian Defense Series Against The Anti-Sicilian Variations.  In previous articles we covered The Sicilian Defense Against The Wing Gambit, The Portsmouth Gambit, The Smith-Morra Gamit and the... | Read More

    • Sicilian Defense Against the Smith-Morra Gambit

      Hello Chess Fans, The Sicilian Defense is by far Black's most popular and strongest answer to 1. e4, so much so that many players have switched to 1.d4 to avoid confronting it altogether; however there are a group of players who have taken the ... | Read More

    • Sicilian Defense Against the Portsmouth Gambit

      Hello Chess Fans, This article is for those who regularly play the Sicilian Defense against 1.e4.  A lesser known sideline of the Sicilian Wing Gambit called The Portsmouth Gambit.  Their website touts "Quick wins for White" and I mean quick.... | Read More

    • Sicilian Defense Against the Wing Gambit

        Hello Chess Fans, SURPRISE!!  If you're a Sicilian Defense player - be prepared to be "Taken Out of Book" when you come across this Anti-Sicilian Opening - The Wing Gambit. It has tricks and traps you may not be aware of that we'll review to... | Read More


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  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »

  • Amar Opening

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    The Amar Opening (also known as Paris Opening, Drunken Knight Opening, or Ammonia Opening) is a chess opening defined by the move: 1. Nh3This opening is sometimes known as the Ammonia Opening, since NH3 is the chemical formula for ammon... Read More »

  • Giuoco Piano

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    First known chess opening, according to the Gottingen manuscript (1490).  The opening is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5, and was given its name by Lolli.  The opening name is derived from Italian, meaning quiet game, in contrast to gambit openings.... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »