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  • 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

  • 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

  • When White Avoids the Benoni: The Vaganian Gambit

    After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5, not every player of the white pieces agrees to take up the baton and confront the Benoni Defense or the Benko Gambit by playing 3.d5. Some may prefer to send the game toward the quieter English Opening by playing ... | Read More

  • Surprise Your Opponent!

    The Benko Gambit is one of the most popular openings among club players. It is indeed very appealing to grab the initiative early in the game playing Black against your opponent who likes to play positional chess. Why do I assume that your oppon... | Read More

  • How to Spot the "Invisible" Pin

    Pins are very popular and powerful chess weapons, and I am sure you've used them in dozens of your own games. If you just started playing chess and never heard about pins, I strongly recommend you check the Tactics Trainer. But even if you are... | Read More


    • FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016 - Round 7 and Round 6

      The 7th round of the FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2016 was held today at the DI Telegraph in Moscow, Russia. Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov opened with the Slav defence. White expanded on the queenside while black pushed in the center. A... | Read More

    • Surprise Weapon: Topalov's 3 h4!?; Part 1

      A look at the aggressive 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 h4!?, recently employed by Super GM Veselin Topalov, and the specialty of GM Simon Williams for many years. It's best feature is rendering a Grunfeld set-up quite risky for Black, and thus leading Grun... | Read More

    • FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016 - Round 6

      The 6th round of the FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2016 was held today at the DI Telegraph in Moscow, Russia.Viswanathan Anand, former world champion and winner of the previous Candidates Tournament, returned into contention for the top after a... | Read More

    • Gambits & Countergambits

      Just a short glossary of some dynamic choices for black and white, for my own personal reference. Danish Gambit King's Gambit, Muzio Gambit King's Gambit, Falkbeer Countergambit Queen's Gambit, Albin Countergambit Giuoco Piano, Evan... | Read More

    • Bird pening

      Bird's Opening                                                      https://youtu.be/5xoUgBFHVuc                                                                                  ... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Rex Gambit!!!

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  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »

  • Fried Liver Attack

    • 320 Reads
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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

    • 1926 Reads
    • | 1926 Reads

    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 »

  • 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 »