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  • Falling Into The Abyss

    During a road trip, GM Walter Browne once told me, “I would happily buy a huge steak dinner for my upcoming opponent since the blood would rush to his stomach, and his brain wouldn’t function properly.” He repeated this ma... | Read More

  • 2016 Candidates' Tournament Free Analysis Video Guide

    Did you miss any live games from the 2016 Candidates' Tournament in Moscow, where the best contenders in the world battled it out for a shot at Magnus Carlsen's world championship? This guide serves to showcase the top-notch coverage o... | Read More

  • Who Loved These Knight Moves?

    When we analyzed "An Opening Line For Masters" last week, I chose GM Igor Zaitsev as our opening guide for a reason. It is difficult to name another chess player who introduced that many absolutely paradoxical opening novelties. Today ... | Read More

  • Old Age, Great Chess!

    After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi... | Read More

  • The Tale Of Two Emory Tates

    In last week's article we paid tribute to a creative chess player and a nice person, IM Emory Tate. As a man who played Emory many times, I can tell you that a game with him was always just like our life according to Forrest Gump. Remember his f... | Read More

    • Skwim, aikido, and improving at chess

      For about a year and a half I've been playing Skwim a couple of times a month.  It's a team sport similar to Ultimate, but played in a swimming pool with a soft rubber disk that skims along the water.  My local pool holds games every Friday with... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | May 25, 2016
    • In the Know with the Benko

      I've had time to reflect on my first encounter on the White side of a Benko. With business travel, I haven't had much chess time to write my blog, but aim to get back in the swing of things with a much needed short holiday.   I annotated my gam... | Read More

    • The Sniper

      A few weeks ago, after the last tournament I played in, I wanted to find a decent opening solution for black, as in 5 rounds of play I played 3 French Exchanges as Black.  I just wanted to try something new, that sort of incorporated a good chunk... | Read More

      • jminkler
      • | May 7, 2016
    • Improve Your Chess - Openings

      Welcome to another article! This time I will be going over the openings and my opinion of how to go about choosing an opening repertoire based on your level/ambitions.   I'm going to split my repertoire suggestions into 3 categories to make it ... | Read More

    • Banter Blitz #10 & 11

      Hi All, Click on the video below to watch me (NM Kanthecarowin) play blitz against a 2036 player in the Benko/Volga Gambit followed by a game against a 2060 player in a complicated fianchetto King's Indian Thanks Kanthecarowin Atulya Vaidya ... | 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 »

  • 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 »

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »

  • ECO Openings With Moves

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    A00-A39 White first moves other than 1. e4, 1. d4: A00 Irregular Openings Anderssen's Opening: 1. a3 Anderssen's Opening, Polish Gambit: 1. a3 a5 2. b4 Anderssen's Opening, Creepy Crawly Formation: 1. a3 e5 2. h3 d5 Anderssen's Opening, An... Read More »