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  • Fixing Your Weaknesses

    This week, we’ll take a look at a young Indian player, Sakshi1234567. She had this to say: “I am 13 years old. My father taught me chess when I was 10. I’ve been taking the game seriously from October 2015. I want to become a g... | Read More


         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • Picking The Correct Opening Repertoire

    Picking the correct opening repertoire is one of the most important decisions that a chess player makes. There is no point starting the game with a series of moves that will lead you into a situation that you find unc... | Read More

  • When A Game Is Many Games

    The member te_amo (from Kolkata, India) asked me to point out his weakness in his games. He said: “I undergo no sort of professional training, and I aspire to be over 2000 someday.” Mr. te_amo, the fact is that people start... | Read More

  • The Craziest Queen Moves Ever

    First of all I would like to thank our readers for their contribution to last week's article. Many of you shared your chess knowledge and helped to uncover some little-known games with really stunning moves. Since in that article&nb... | Read More

    • Seattle Seafair Open #2

      After I had a 2100 performance rating in last year's Seafair tournament, I hoped to do it again, but my play wasn't as good. Now for the games: In the first round I played a small kid who tried to tackle Joseph Truelson in the skittles room after... | Read More

    • Houston Chess Festival

       Hey guys! This weekend I went to the Houston chess festival in Houston (obviously). I finished with a score of 3.5/5 and my rating went up from 1728 to 1809! I got tied for 6th place. I will be using the Pre-tournament ratings. If you want to s... | Read More

      • aalv
      • | Jul 25, 2016
    • Keep Calm and Attack On

      After a 13 year hiatus I re-emerged onto the chess scene to play in a tournament in Sante Fe, New Mexico.  In this game I blundered pretty early in the game and was forced to press the attack on the enemy king in desperate hopes exposing and mati... | Read More

      • Mithurs
      • | Jul 22, 2016
    • The Most Common Phrases In Chess Commentary (And What They Mean!)

      I'd like to break down some of the most common phrases used in chess commentary that, as far as I know, have never been clearly defined by any other source. This is a topic I've long wanted to write about, because I watch a *lot* of chess commenta... | Read More

      • hellokostya
      • | Jul 22, 2016
    • Epic blunder vs Brandon in the July SCC quads

      It was the 2nd round and I was expecting myself to win Brandon epically(though we are friends.) and it was move 17 Whoops! I blundered! Here is the game: That was the most unexpected moment of the game and I felt my face go red. Embarrassment!!!... | Read More

      • penhotien
      • | Jul 22, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Petroff's Defence

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    Petroff's Defence (or the Russian Game) arises after: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6    There is an interesting trap where white may blunder his Queen away early in the game after: 3. Nxe5 Qe7 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3?? Leads to Nxc3+, and black will win ... Read More »

  • Qualities of moves

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    As you can see moves are indicated if good or bad through symbols: These are the symbols: !!- brilliant move !- good move !?- interesting move  ?!- dubious move ?-bad move ??-blunder Many people make blunders like the castling blunder lik... Read More »

  • Impossible!

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    This "Impossible" Checkmate contradicts what many, many chess books say: "You can only checkmate with two knights if you are in the corner and your opponent blunders." It is possible.     You can do it on the side of the board; however, yo... Read More »

  • Gunsberg, Isidor Arthur

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    In 1890-1891, Isidor Arthur Gunsberg (1854-1930) played Steinitz for the world’s championship and lost after 4 wins, 9 draws, and 6 losses.  Gunsberg began his chess career as the player inside the chess automaton Mephisto.  H... Read More »