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  • Carlsen vs Karjakin: Who Will Win?

    The Candidates' Tournament 2016 is a part of chess history already. You all know the results, so there is no point to recap it again. Two popular internet memes summarize very well how the tournament will be remembered. One of them depicts Presi... | Read More

  • Cuba

    Avenida de las Palmeras, Habana, ca. 1904      A large island in the Caribbean, this former Spanish colony lies just 93 miles from the state of Florida.  Its proximity to the United States, the inherent beauty of the... | Read More

  • 2016 Candidates' Tournament Free Analysis Video Guide

    Did you miss any live games from the 2016 Candidates' Tournament in Moscow, where the best contenders in the world battled it out for a shot at Magnus Carlsen's world championship? This guide serves to showcase the top-notch coverage o... | Read More

  • The Most Difficult Chess Puzzle

    Just like many chess players I like to solve chess problems. I especially love problems with a limited number of pieces where it is all about chess logic. Here is one of my all-time favorites and also one of the first I ever solved: Yes, it ... | Read More

  • Candidate Profile: Veselin Topalov

    By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Before Hikaru Nakamura came along, there was Veselin Topalov. For over two decades, Topalov has been one of the most violent chess players, tearing unwary opponents to shreds. Besides Anand, Topalov is t... | Read More

    • Guess Anand's Move: The Answers

      In my previous blog I gave 8 diagrams and had you try to guess Anand's move. If you haven't done so yet you can click here to try to guess Anand's move or just go over the answers (take the easy way out :P) I also wanted to add that it's importan... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | May 25, 2016
    • Crushing Queen Pawn Openings

      Hey guys! This week I had another awesome YouTube webinar, this time on how to crush all those solid, positional 1.d4 players! If you want to follow the lecture attentively, you should maximize the broadcast window by clicking at the lecture ti... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | May 21, 2016
    • Queens Gambit Accepted

      Queen’s Gambit Accepted Open Variations All third moves except 3 Nf3 (D20) 1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 The normal move for white is 3 Nf3, preventing ...e7-e5. Against other moves - moves that don’t prevent ...e5, we will play it immediately.... | Read More

      • sachin951
      • | May 20, 2016
    • Guess Anand's Move

      All these positions are taken from Anand's self written, Vishy Anand: My Best Games of Chess. I really recommend going over great players games, especially when they write about their own games AND they have lots of prose explaining their thinking... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | May 20, 2016
    • World Championship Openings

      I've compiled a list of the openings played in World Championship games.     At the moment I've considered all match-style WC games since the unification of FIDE in 2006.   There were a total of 75 games played, including tiebreaks.   Op... | Read More

      • ih8sens
      • | May 19, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Anand, Viswanathan

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    Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand, born on Dec 11, 1969,in chennai india is India's first Grandmaster (1988, at the age of 18) who won the World Junior Championship in 1987.  In 1983, he won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with a perfect 9... Read More »

  • Sacrifices

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    A great example by Nakumura Proving why he is in the top ten. Now Lets take an example from Viswanathan Anand. Two neat examples of fine players in the top ten. Always look out for interesting continuations/ possibilities. Do you have any games ... 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 »

  • Adams, Michael

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    Michael Adams was born on Nov 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, England.  He learned chess from his father at the age of 6. In November 1979, he played in his first chess tournament, the Cornwall Under-10 Championship, and won it.  In 1980, Adams... Read More »

  • Judit Polgar vs Vishwanathan anand

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    I shall show you a spectacular game between Judit Polgar and Vishwanthan Anand in 1999.  Read More »