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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

    • How my first blog registered 200 views in no time

      First, I would like to thank my readers for the response and positive feedback.  When I was writing my first blog earlier this week, I just wanted to make sure it reaches my target readers.  I chose the beginners as my readers as they really nee... | Read More

    • по-русски: Хорошие и плохие фигуры

      Данная статья - перевод оригинального материала  Good and Bad Pieces, автор Natalia_Pogonina     У каждой фигуры есть сравнительная ценность. В течен... | Read More

      • Aisteron
      • | Apr 22, 2016
    • 10 Chess Commandments for Beginners

      I try to present 10 simple and most important tips to all the beginners here.  These are the points I have learnt practically and by reading chess material over the years.  Hope it helps at least a few of you, happy reading. 1.  How do yo... | Read More

    • по-русски: Делай как я?

        Данная статья - перевод оригинального материала Monkey See, Monkey Do, автор Gserper  Никогда не забуду тот день, когда я записался в мой первый... | Read More

      • Aisteron
      • | Apr 18, 2016
    • How to Play Chess for Beginners

      How to Play Chess StepsUnderstanding the Board and PiecesKnowing How to WinPlaying the GameUtilizing StrategyKnowing the Special MovesCommunity Q&ATipsThings You'll NeedRelated Chess is a very popular game and is widely accepted as one of t... | 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 »