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  • Why Chess Players Blunder

    We have seen them, haven’t we? The howlers? Amateurs and professionals alike in the aftermath of a game, trying to explain their blunder, shaking their heads in disbelief, scratching their brows, sighing while trying to come up with a ration... | Read More

  • Say "Hello!" to Version 3

    It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of is finally ready to step up and take online chess to a new level - and take your chess to new levels as well.  Version 3 (v3) has been our #1 priority for over two year... | Read More

  • How Do You Make A Chess Comeback?

    Don’t call it a comeback; I’ve been here for years.        In October I played in Millionaire Chess, my first international tournament in nearly two years.  It wasn’t a triumphant return lik... | Read More

  • How Past Masters Can Help Your Game

    I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate on tactics and strategy). To add a... | Read More

  • Introducing the New (Version 3)

    It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of is finally ready to step up and take online chess to a new level - and take your chess to new levels as well.  This new version 3 (V3) has been our #1 priority for over... | Read More

    • Patience.

      I am eagerly looking forward to my first OTB tournament this coming April. With longer time controls (90mins +30s), I am aware that I have to restrain myself from playing the first good looking move that i see and calcuate some variations first. M... | Read More

    • 2016 British Columbia Open (Canada)

      About one hour ago, I finished my 6 games (90|30) in BC chess Open with 2 wins, 1 loss and 3 draws. It was my first tournament in Canada, 5 months after entering here as an international student. Five of my opponents were masters (NM or FM), so I ... | Read More

      • Faarian
      • | Feb 8, 2016
    • What do you think of this game?

      I think some moves I made weren't the best, and my opponent made one horrible blunder. But what do you think of it? Feedback? Suggestions? BTW my rapid/standard rating is my lowest (except for variants) so I am trying to improve in that area. I h... | Read More

      • FChopin99
      • | Feb 8, 2016
    • First tourney, feeling good.

      It's been a few days since I attended my first OTB tournament, and this is mostly just to help me put into writing my thoughts, so I can reflect on them later. It wasn't a large tournament, with maybe a dozen or so competitors in the adult section... | Read More

      • PrincePeso
      • | Feb 8, 2016
    • My Path to FM - Week 2

      To see the plan click - here.   This was a busy non-chess week for me.  I still managed to get lots done though.   Tactics I managed to climb from 2021 to 2056.  At one point I had made 2070something but I failed three in a row trying to ... | Read More

      • ih8sens
      • | Feb 7, 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 »