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  • Play Like A Beginner!

    Two months ago, one of the oldest grandmasters in the world, Mark Taimanov, turned 90.  Just like any professional chess player he had many ups and downs in his career, but due to his limitless optimism he is still a very active person. ... | Read More

  • Embrace Your Losses

    Every chess player knows that losing a game is no fun! Some of us take it better than others, but it is always a little tragedy. We all cried after losing a game when we were kids, but even some adults cannot tolerate what Korchnoi called o... | Read More

  • How To Use A Chess Computer

    Whether you are a Luddite or technophile, the importance of being able to successfully collaborate with a chess computer cannot be overstated. In every stage and aspect of the game — opening preparation, endgame theory, game analysis&... | Read More

  • Castling Early And Piece Coordination

    Should You Castle Early? Question: member scmooney asked, “You stress castling early. In my experience I find that sometimes castling takes the king right into an ambush. In your lecture on attacking a castled king, Black’s... | Read More

  • Carlsen, Capablanca And The Beatles

    About a quarter of a century ago, I started playing in international tournaments on a regular basis. Just like thousands of other folks from the former Soviet Union I enjoyed the fall of the Iron Curtain and ability to freely travel abroad. Pret... | Read More

    • When to resign - a guide for beginners and intermediates (#4327)

      #4327 - When to resign; a quick guide for beginners and intermediates Here is my golden rule: Never resign an important game just because your opponent has significant advantages.Many players resign for no good reason every now and then. This is ... | Read More

      • theliten
      • | May 31, 2016
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    • Learning the Spanish: Adventures in the Chigorin

        Exploring the Spanish: The Chigorin Part 1   The Spanish (Ruy Lopez) has always fascinated players. In a recent Q&A (via the Facebook page for his app) Carlsen recommended that players in the intermediate stages of their chess learn th... | Read More

    • How to get better at chess

      Every chess player wants to improve himself and make progress, however, one of the biggest problems is to understand how to do it. Many people spend endless hours and hours to become good at chess. But inspite of all their hardwork , their result... | Read More

      • CruelHodor
      • | May 20, 2016
    • Beginners Pain – We’ve all been there and we can all conquer it….

      Thought I would share some of my challenges and plan of attack as an amateur chess player who is developing his chess game.  The challenge when starting out is where to begin and how to become better. Blunders will happen, the main thing is to l... | Read More

      • morphic_6
      • | May 11, 2016
    • My first win in a blindfold game

      At work yesterday I played two of my colleagues in a blindfold game. They have only just started playing chess so they are not very strong players, very weak in fact. I have started doing some blindfold training lately to improve my calculation sk... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... 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 »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • scholar's mate on f7,f2

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    Scholar's mate is easy to remember-1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qxf7#. Is it easy to defend? Yes! Come back on 'More Ways To Win'. This is a bad opening, don't play it. It's only for beginners. Read More »

  • e4

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    e4 is played by White to develop his pieces rapidly and castle. e4 is a good move for beginners! You learn to develop quickly and to attack, since it opens up the Queen and Bishop. If met by e5, you have what's called an "open game." Then the most... Read More »