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  • Opening Questions And A Dream Mate

    Openings That Lead to a Draw Question: member jos2001 wrote, “I’m a 1076-ranked player who wants to know the best openings to draw.” Answer: Though various openings are known to be drawish at the master level (and u... | Read More

  • Capablanca's Nimzo-Indian: World Champion Openings

    Like Emanuel Lasker, his successor, Jose Raul Capablanca, was less of a theoretician and more of a keen practical player. Lasker utilized his great psychological understanding and clever trickiness, while Capablanca's skill rested in his innate un... | Read More

  • Lasker's Queen's Gambit Declined

    The second world champion, Emanuel Lasker, is a difficult one to include in this series, but it must be done. There is hardly any opening to which he is closely attached. He played a wide variety of solid, "common-sense" openings, w... | Read More

  • An Hour With Morphy

         This article was published in the "British Chess Magazine" three months after Paul Morphy's death.  It was obviously written as a memorial to Morphy and meant to showcase his genius as well as an attempt to explain his winning techniques... | Read More

  • Dreams: The Secret Formula For Chess Success, Part 5

    What in the world is a chess dream? And how can such a thing help your game? This series is all about dreams (okay, it’s also about imbalances and patterns), and it’s presented in a question-and-answer format. Some of the positions will be ha... | Read More

    • Chess is (anything but) fun Opening Series #1: The Birds

      The only photo in this blog is courtesy of Joseph_Truelson. Also, notice that all quotes in this blog are slightly altered (If they aren't, then I will mention it). And by "slightly altered", it is what I determine as slightly altered, not them. I... | Read More

    • Ultimate Openings Encounter

      Having seen both the Albino Hedgehog and the Nocturnal Knight and having seen proof that they both win by force, you must be wondering what would happen when they face each other in combat. This is the only situation in neither sides would wi... | Read More

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      • | Oct 14, 2016
    • Why 1.d4 is very popular move now?

      The question is how to play d4 opening? Here is the example. This is one of immortal games of GM Alexander Sysoev from Gubaha (Perm region). 1...d5 is not common move now. The most popular move is Nf6. Why Black plays Nf6? Because it's more flexib... | Read More

      • pete-2
      • | Oct 1, 2016
    • Do Chess Openings Matter?

      Not a day goes by during which someone on the /r/chess subreddit or the forums doesn't ask about openings. Some of these common questions include: 1. What openings should I play (in bullet)? 2. Is this opening any good? 3. What are t... | Read More

    • Fast chess is it more than fun?

      Blitz is what I enjoy here at and I believe in order to win blitz games one must employ the best opening, middle, as well as, end game principles one knows.  I also think that everyone can have the best part of their game in any one of ... | Read More

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      • | Sep 7, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Mark's Opening

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    Mark's Opening is a chess opening characterized by the moves 1   d4  Nf6 2 Nc3   d5 3 Bf4   This position can also be reached by transposition (the move order isn't important). The advantages of the opening include fast piece develo... Read More »

  • The Four Knights Opening

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    The Four Knights is one of the most popular openings in the world. It has been used millions of times by amateurs and grandmasters alike. The Four Knights opening is fairly simple, starting with 1. e4 e5, then bringing the four knights out onto th... Read More »

  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »