3 Signs that you'll be a Chess Master One Day

3 Signs that you'll be a Chess Master One Day

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7 days ago

I'm often asked by our ChessPathways members if I think they "have what it takes" to become a Chess Master. While it's certainly not an easy road, I believe that the possibility exists for all who dedicate themselves to it! Are you up for the ch...

Don't "Assume Exchanges" when Calculating!

Don't "Assume Exchanges" when Calculating!

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10 days ago

I'm happy to announce the second winner of our ChessPathways "Tournament Challenge," where I encouraged our members to play long-time-control games and analyze them! Brendan played in the New West Summer Open and scored a respectable 3/5. I enjo...

[Results are IN!] The Danger of Exchanges

[Results are IN!] The Danger of Exchanges

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18 days ago

The ChessPathways.com "Tournament Challenge" has recently concluded, where I challenged our community to get out there and play a tournament and annotate their games - either Over-the-Board (OTB), or a simulated online tournament by playing severa...

Beating the Elephant Gambit

Beating the Elephant Gambit

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20 days ago

We're continuing on with the ChessPathways.com "Openings" series by considering an offbeat pawn sacrifice black might employ - the Elephant Gambit Every King's Pawn Opening player has likely been surprised with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5?! before. Perha...

Learn the Ponziani Opening!

Learn the Ponziani Opening!

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28 days ago

We're continuing the ChessPathways.com "Openings" series today with a video on the Ponziani Opening. This tricky opening has never been popular in elite chess, but it's easy for white to get a sizeable advantage if black is caught off guard! ...

Learn the Evans Gambit!

Learn the Evans Gambit!

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Sep 17, 2019

We're continuing on with the ChessPathways.com "Openings" series today with a video on the Evans Gambit. This Romantic-era chess opening originated hundreds of years ago, but retains its popularity today. Kasparov even famously used it to take d...

Learn the Benko Gambit!

Learn the Benko Gambit!

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Sep 11, 2019

We're continuing on with our ChessPathways.com "Opening Overviews" series today with the Benko Gambit. The Benko Gambit is unique in that the pawn sacrifice is not played with the aim of achieving a big attack. Instead, black sacrifices a pawn f...

Learn the Nimzo-Indian Defense!

Learn the Nimzo-Indian Defense!

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Sep 8, 2019

We're continuing on with the ChessPathways "Openings" series today with one of the most positionally complex openings in all of chess - the Nimzo-Indian! Watch how black plays against white's doubled pawns (and how the c4 pawn can be targeted fo...

Learn the Danish Gambit!

Learn the Danish Gambit!

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Aug 31, 2019

We're continuing on with the ChessPathways "Openings" series today by covering a favorite gambit of many players - the Danish Gambit! (Make sure to check out the site and get signed up - it's completely free, takes 5 seconds, and I'll send you a f...

Learn the King's Gambit!

Learn the King's Gambit!

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Aug 28, 2019

We're continuing the ChessPathways Openings series with everyone's favorite Romantic-era chess opening - the King's Gambit! While the King's Gambit has fallen out of favor in recent years in top level chess, white's attacking ideas are certainly...

The Fried Liver Attack - Video Analysis!

The Fried Liver Attack - Video Analysis!

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Aug 26, 2019

Continuing on with our ChessPathways "openings" series, I made a video analyzing some of the key lines of the infamous Fried Liver Attack. The Fried Liver is often considered a "trap" that black falls for in the Italian Game, but some players en...

5 Keys to becoming a CHESS MASTER...as an adult!

5 Keys to becoming a CHESS MASTER...as an adult!

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Aug 24, 2019

"Is it too late for me to become a Master?" It's a question that titled players are asked all the time.  We see young prodigies become masters by the age of 12...but how often do adult chess players succeed in breaking into the highest eche...

Learn the French Defense!

Learn the French Defense!

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Aug 21, 2019

We're continuing on with the ChessPathways Chess Openings series with the most content-packed video to date! If you've ever wanted to learn all the essentials of the French Defense, this video is for you.  We'll cover: The Exchange Vari...

The Queen's Pawn Opening - An Overview

The Queen's Pawn Opening - An Overview

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Aug 18, 2019

Continuing on with our series on "Opening overviews," it's now time to discuss the Queen's Pawn Opening. Black can either play the solid and stable 1...d5, often leading to the Queen's Gambit - or black can try any of numerous other systems, oft...

The King's Pawn Opening - An Overview

The King's Pawn Opening - An Overview

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Aug 15, 2019

A lot of people begin their study of chess openings by diving right into complex variations, seeking to emulate the Grandmasters they admire. Inevitably, this leads to confusion.  You'll hear disgruntled beginners complaining about how t...

3 (More!) Chess Opening Principles

3 (More!) Chess Opening Principles

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Aug 9, 2019

We've all heard of the 3 classical chess opening principles: Develop your Pieces Control Central Space Castle Early Beginners get these principles hammered into their heads early and often! Following them is a sure way to rise in the rank...

Secrets of the Classical Caro-Kann

Secrets of the Classical Caro-Kann

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Jul 4, 2019

Many people think of the Caro-Kann as a dull, dry opening that old men play to try to draw with black. (Indeed, I can't recall a single time I've met someone younger than me who plays the Caro!) Historically, the Classical variation hasn't done ...

Why do we accept draws in winning positions?

Why do we accept draws in winning positions?

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Jun 12, 2019

A couple weeks ago, I made a video for the ChessPathways YouTube channel, analyzing a game for Pierre - one of our members.  He had won this Game Analysis video as part of his prize from the ChessPathways Blitz Streak Challenge, so I was exci...

The Gauntlet of Children (TX State Championship)

The Gauntlet of Children (TX State Championship)

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Jun 5, 2019

A couple weeks back, I made a last-minute decision to play in the Texas State Championship.  On Friday morning, I thought I might just spend my 3-day weekend relaxing at home...and less than 24 hours, later, I'm waking up at 4am to rush to th...

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