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  • Nerves, Endurance, And Love Of The Game

    Nerves MagicLian asked: “I am 11 years old (rated 1416) and get very nervous at tournaments. How can I get over it?” JS: Believe it or not, this is the first time anyone has asked this! I really enjoy new or rarely-asked questions!... | Read More

  • Better Than Ratings:'s New 'CAPS' System

    One of the most exciting projects I've contributed to since joining the team (eight years ago and counting) is being revealed today.'s Computer Accuracy & Precision Score (or CAPS) is a... | Read More

  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | Read More

  • The New (v3): Now With Bughouse!

    It's been a long time coming, but the new version of is finally ready to take online chess to a new level—and take your game to new heights.  This new version (v3) has been our top priority for two years, and&... | Read More

  • The Tactical Detector

    Tactics. After thousands of books written on this concept, after the development of several excellent tactical training tools (such as's own Tactics Trainer), after the release of countless free engines that serve as paragons of tactical... | Read More

    • Scandinavian Defense Part 6

      Match of the Day II For the second time today I focus on a draw. This game lasts 64 moves, and what is impressive about it is, that of these 64 moves, 26 moves from White's side are knight moves. That is 40%! feature - analysis One... | Read More

      • BobBishoen
      • | Oct 27, 2016
    • Massive Discount for November Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand!

      Welcome to Chess University! from Kairav Joshi on Vimeo. Registration for the November 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is now open at a highly discounted price! That's right, the world's best chess course is on sale for one month. E... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Oct 27, 2016
    • Free Will, Predestination, and Chess

      I've been waiting to advance. I'm stuck on the second rank, defending all the major players in the game. There's not much else to do in life when you are stuck in this position. Tell me, do you believe in free will?  Someone once explained God ... | Read More

      • vaperchess
      • | Oct 23, 2016
    • Does Chess Make Us Smarter?

      Many articles have been written on this topic. But just how trustworthy are they? Chess afficionados want us to believe that playing the royal game will raise our IQ, ward off Alzheimers and maximise reproductive success. On the other hand, the Gr... | Read More

      • soler97
      • | Oct 21, 2016
    • Below 1600 FIDE Rated Tournament 2016

      Thus year I played my first FIDE Rated Chess Tournament .The category was below 1600. I was not well prepared but my new coach said i will get minimum six points from this tournament and it will give me the rating about 1350.But as usual I played ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Bongcloud Attack

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    The Bongcloud Attack is a dubious opening invented by Graw81, characterised by the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Ke2?!. It aims to either develop the king for an early endgame or get the white king to the other side of the board. It can also be played after o... Read More »

  • Chigorin, Mikhail

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    Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin (1850-1908), was born on November 12 (October 31, Old Style), 1850 near St. Petersburg.   In 1860, he parents died and at the age of 10, he became an orphan.  In 1867, at the age 16, he learned chess from his school t... 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 »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »