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  • 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

  • The Player I'd Most Like to Have Met

         Throughout the history of the game, chess has produced innumerable fascinating personalities.  Some were stars, others played supporting roles.  Many of them, at least from the hazy vantage point of my clouded ... | Read More

  • No Balance, No Success

    I get countless questions that ask about taste in chess (No, don’t eat the pieces!). Taste, in this case, refers to a preference for positional or tactical situations. (However, if you MUST eat the pieces, please buy a chess cake or a ches... | Read More

  • Walker

    George  Walker    George Walker's life (1803-1879) spanned one of the most remarkable periods of chess.  As a chess player, he met and played such personalities as John Cochrane, William Lewis, Alexander McDonnell, Labourdonnais, Pierre Charl... | Read More

    • Analysing My Own Games: Material Imbalance

      One needs a guide when first learning Chess. Beginners are often taught a Queen is worth "9 points", a Rook "5 points", a Bishop and Knight worth "3 points" and a pawn "1 point". One can quickly scan the board, add up the "points" and count who is... | Read More

    • My Adventure in The Stonewall Attack

      I have been playing the same old openings for years, therefore recently I started looking around for new openings to try and excite my old brain. For white at least I have found the answer in the Stonewall Attack. I have my friend David Rodin to t... | Read More

    • Master Level Child's Play

      Hi Chess Friends, Seeing lots of kids play chess, by far the most popular opening is the so called Canal variation. Both players develop all of their minor pieces, but since the knights block the c and f pawns, it's difficult for either side to p... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | Feb 6, 2016
    • 2. Qe2 French Explained (Advanced Class)

      Means variation 1 Means variation 2 Means variation 3 Means variation 4 Means important things to know Advanced Class Openings Hey guys! I thought I might properly start up a blog on I'll give it a go and try and post at least on... | Read More

      • aussiedj
      • | Feb 4, 2016
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    • 12th International Solving Contest

      12th International Solving Contest This competition was held all over the World on Sunday, January 24th 2016. Preliminary results are available here as soon as they are reported by local controllers. There are three categories, "1" for more ex... | 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 »