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  • The Three Philidor Positions

    The chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor is enormous. There is an opening named after him (1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6) and three endgame positions all called "the Philidor Position"! The Philidor position in rook endgames is o... | Read More

  • Nakamura vs Harikrishna: 1 Million Scovilles Of Chess On May 4

    GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Pentala Harikrishna are set to face off May 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in the second GM Blitz Battles Match. You may want to bring a cold glass of milk. "Naka" and "Hari" together make an incredibly spicy combo. The "nag... | Read More

  • Special Titled Tuesday Offers $4,000 In Prizes

    Next week's Titled Tuesday will feature a doubled prize pool and some new prize categories for what is expected to be the largest combined field in the event's history. You can watch Titled Tuesday coverage on May 3 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific... | Read More

  • The Positional Threat

    When you think of the word "threat," what comes to mind? A threat of checkmate, perhaps? A threat to trap your piece? An indirect threat against your queen?  Whatever your specific mental representation, it is most likely tactical... | Read More

  • The Death Of The Berlin Defense

    "You might not be able to fight like a samurai, but you can at least die like a samurai." -- Kill Bill, Vol. 1.  The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez is a very peculiar opening. Spectators hate it, most chess players hate it (coun... | Read More

    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog VIII: Vienna 1922

      Vienna 1922By Larry EvansForeward by John DonaldsonRussell Enterprises Inc. 2011144 pagesVienna 1922 was a blockbuster tournament featuring most of the top players of the day.  Lacking only Lasker and Capablanca, it was a spirited fighting tourna... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Apr 30, 2016
    • Organisers - Pick the Right Players!

      'Creativity takes courage.' - Henri Matisse Whether chess is an art form, science, sport or something completely different. The chess games that I most enjoy watching/playing, are the ones which are unique in some shape or form. When... | Read More

      • Ginger_GM
      • | Apr 28, 2016
    • Seize New Opportunities

      The big chess happening in Houston, TX last weekend was the Center 64 Spring Tournament. A total of 56 players squared off in two sections split on the 1900 rating level. Full results are available here. Being placed in the championship group, I s... | Read More

      • OyvindVik
      • | Apr 27, 2016
    • 30+30 Double Round Robin 1 - Round 1 Analysis

      This series will contain my amature analysis of the games played in a small round robin I am hosting with some friends. Take everything I say with very many grains of salt, because I most certainly do. Round 1 - Game 1: Harrison2 - PracticeDave ... | Read More

      • JPTriton
      • | Apr 26, 2016
    • precious peculiar pawn phalanx - endgame tactics

      Time for some endgame patterns. Do you recognize this pawn phalanx ? And who has the better prospects here ? And with this one ? As you can see, a far advanced pawn phalanx can give big advantages. Here in a game from Capablanca, white gets... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 26, 2016
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Video Lessons


  • Swallow's Tail Mate

    • 26 Reads
    • | 26 Reads

    The Swallow's Tail Mate is a rare mating pattern. The king is checkmated by an enemy queen, and two friendly pieces block off the backward-diagonal escape squares. Read More »

  • 2 rooks checkmate

    • 3 Reads
    • | 3 Reads

    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns

    • 5 Reads
    • | 5 Reads

    Hi! This is Chessking47 (or CK47) writing about Mating Patterns. First, Anastasia's Mate.              I hope you enjoyed that cute mate. Now, the mate can be applied more strikingly. Combine decoy and clearance sacrifice. ... Read More »

  • pin; a way to win

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    Pins are a way to win because the piece checks the king and the knight, bishop, rook or queen can block it.This is a severe weakness becase if  the pinner is less valueable than the blocker,the pinner can capture the blocker and get a bigger va... Read More »

  • Scholar's Mate

    • 25 Reads
    • | 25 Reads

    Scholar's Mate is also known as the "4 move mate". It is mostly this:           You can't trust it in all cases though,this is why:It Can be blocked and puts your pieces in a bad position. Once you block it you will usually win the ga... Read More »