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  • The Time-Trouble Blues

    EscapePlan69 asked: “I get into time trouble in most of my games while my opponents always have plenty of time left. How can I improve my time management? My tournament games are one hour and 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move.” J... | Read More

  • Is A Knight On The Rim Always Grim?

    SkladakoV’s question is about this position. He asked: “What if White doesn’t take by 16.Bxa5? Doesn’t that leave the knight on a5 stuck on the side of the board?” Jeremy Silman: I think most people wou... | Read More

  • Can Anyone Be An IM Or GM?

    BeekeeperBob wrote: “I am a 19 year old who has been toying with the idea of making chess a career for me (either playing professionally or teaching chess). Unfortunately, I currently have no official ranking. So before I go spending the m... | Read More

  • 3-Check Chess Tips For Beginners

    Looking for a new, exciting chess variant? Maybe you watched my games vs GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave here and you're anxious to give it a try? Or perhaps you've always just been good at following the age old chess rule "always check, because it... | Read More

  • How To Play Variants On

    There's much more to play on than just... chess! Fun "chess variants" can be a great way to mix things up and apply your chess skills in different and exciting ways. You can play Bughouse, Crazyhouse, 3-Check, King of the Hill&nbs... | Read More

    • The Nerd Club - Basic Opening Principles

      Hi chess friends,   This is the blog for the CMT-group chess club. The idea is to teach a bunch of theoretical phycisists how to play chess.    Here I will try to teach you the basic opening principles that I was taught early on, which I st... | Read More

      • Bjarkoff
      • | Oct 16, 2016
    • How To Castle Kingside

      I know there are beginners on who don't know how to castle. Well I'm here to cover it all. First lets start with kingside castling. Here's what is should look  like when you consider castling: all the spaces between the king and the roo... | Read More

      • Didi2
      • | Oct 3, 2016
    • Opening Principles for Beginners

       I am going to tell you 3 principles.I am going to tell you 1 that you still should follow. White will be doing the right thing and black is not.    Control the Center In the game bellow I will show you if you attacked the center and if you ... | Read More

    • Learn Pafu's Beginner's Game - Move 9: Continuing Play After the Opening

      (This post is part of a series on The Beginner's Game, an opening system by Pafu. It is written by Christopher Huff.) Pafu summarizes: "The Beginner's Game is a fixed position reached after eight moves." ...But what about after those eight moves... | Read More

      • chuff
      • | Sep 26, 2016
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    • What's my plan again?

      When I first started out on this journey to improve at chess I knew I had to have a plan. Now that it has been a while it makes sense to revisit that plan and see how it has evolved. I posted my overall plan in my first blog post here on April 22,... | 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Lewis, William

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    William Lewis was born in Birmingham, England on October 9, 1787.  He was a chess player, author and organizer.  In 1817 he wrote Oriental Chess.   He took a job as the operator of the Turk chess automaton in 1818 to 1819. ... Read More »