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  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | Read More

  • The Euphoria Of A Queen Sacrifice

    “Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.” ― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn Magic does happen on the chess board; that is one of the... | Read More

  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • The Best Pawn Moves Ever

    This article concludes our exploration of the best moves played by each chess piece throughout history. To my surprise, the tiniest guys in chess provided so much material that I have to agree with the great Philidor that "pawns are... | Read More

  • Beating Your Nemesis

    Rivalaries are often born through circumstances that extend beyond the game. An intense, winner-take-all game, a misplayed Smith-Mora, a Twitter battle, or even a swift kick to your shin under the table — All might be enough to point yo... | Read More

    • Chess And Poker Blitz With Jen Shahade

      I often get asked whether I enjoy poker or chess more -- my choice is obviously to play both at the same time. As a member of Team PokerStars, I'm really excited that they have incorporated poker and chess mixed events into upcoming tour stop... | Read More

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    • Openings for Development SUMMARY/What You Need to Remember

      Here is a summary of what you need to try to remember:   WHITE 1.e4 e5 (King's Gambit) 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 (4.Nc3) g4 5.0-0 and remember that you need to attack Black's Queen and open lines for our pieces which are ready for action... | Read More

    • Openings for Development

      White   1.e4    Black has a few responses to this that are worth knowing a bit about.   1.e4 e5  2.f4!? The King's Gambit   I suggest the King's Gambit for white. It is the most aggressive opening and it is one of the most exciting... | Read More

    • Study log. 30 Aug 2016

      Tactics Today I did around 50 tactical problems on Unfortunately stats shows only 30 last problems so I can't tell for sure how much I did and how much I got right and wrong. Out of last 30 I got 23 right and 7 wrong. The re... | Read More

    • Creating my own chess style: The modern Wolga Gambit Defense

      Hey guys! It's me, Bendix. I enjoyed the summer a lot in Münster, town of my university, and here in Hamburg, where I am relaxing a couple of days before I take my final examn for this semester. I am studying economics and will write my bachelo... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Manhattan Chess Club

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    Founded on November 24, 1877 at the Café Logeling in New York City.   Dues were $4 a year.  On December 7, 1877 the members voted for the name of the chess club to be the Manhattan Chess Club (the other choices were Morphy Chess Club and Metro... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »

  • Bird's Opening

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    Bird's Opening (or the Dutch Attack) is a chess opening characterised by the move: 1. f4Bird's is a standard but never popular flank opening. White's strategic ideas involve control of the e5-square without occupying it, but his first move ... Read More »

  • Benko's Opening

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    Benko's Opening (also known as the Hungarian Opening, the Barcza Opening, the Bilek Opening, and the King's Fianchetto Opening), is achess opening characterized by the move: 1. g3White's 1.g3 ranks as the fifth most popular opening move in... Read More »

  • Benko Gambit

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    The Benko Gambit is characterized by the move 3...b5 in the Benoni Defense arising after: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 c53. d5 b5 The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) has three codes for the Benko Gambit: A57 3...b5 A58 3...b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 A59 3... Read More »