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  • Do Grandmasters Know The Rules Of Chess?

    If the title of the article sounds ridiculous, don't rush to a conclusion. I'll try to prove that sometimes even very strong chess players forget the basic rules of chess. Let's talk about castling. Do you remember when it is legal and when it... | Read More

  • Requiem for a Romantic

    Chess is a reflection of life. Our modern lives go faster and so too do the time controls we play today. When I tell kids that I played the so-called Capablanca's time control (two hours and 30 minutes for the first 40 moves) and then the game wou... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Aug 17, 2013

    On today's show the great majority of questions involved getting better at chess, and most involved openings (with a smattering of endgames thrown in). I think many players have this "improvement model" in their head where they memorize an opening... | Read More

  • Learn beneficial openings to improve in chess

    Chessplayers have different values and tastes about different openings. One likes to play solid Caro Kann, the other one rather plays crazy gambits or sharp Najdorf. There are also different ways to play the openings phase: play what you like or f... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman May 24, 2013

    Right after the show tonight my wife and I ran out for the 3-D showing of Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was a good movie - we've come a long way in portraying science fiction on the big screen. Ironically I started watching Star Trek about the sam... | 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

    • Hi Anand!: SCC September Tornado Round 2

      Here we go again. All Photos courtesy of me. None of them were used with the permission of the people inside them. But don't worry, they got revenge on me a couple days ago at the October Tornado... The picture is of Anand Gupta facing the camera.... | Read More

    • Caro Kann Rope a Dope

      Arguably the greatest miracle in the Boxing Ring (or sport!). Muhammad Ali's "Rope a Dope" against George Foreman. Improvised at the last minute, Ali allows Foreman to wail away at him till he becomes exhausted and punches himself out.   Play... | Read More

    • All Rook Endgames are Drawn (bugger!)

      It's almost a loophole in the game of Chess that you're up a pawn in a Rook endgame, but can't convert. In being a pawn ahead on the Black side of an IQP Caro Kann, I learnt many lessons from this game about piece activity in Rook endings (that my... | Read More

    • Knight Endgames are Pawn Endgames

      On the Black side of a Panov Botvinnik Caro Kann, I can't really find much in post mortem that allows Black to achieve more than a draw.   My opponent did play well to entrench a Knight on c5, somewhat forcing me to concede a protected passed paw... | Read More

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 »

  • trrrraps

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    Hi! I'm ChessMaciej. Let's start witch this chess trap: Ok. Now this Caro-Kann trap: And this Caro-Kann trap: Ok. Now this trap: Ok. Bye! Read More »

  • Dunst Opening

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    The Dunst Opening is a chess opening where White opens with the move: 1. Nc3This fairly uncommon opening may have more names than any other: it is also called the Heinrichsen Opening, Baltic Opening, van Geet's Opening, Sleipnir Opening,... Read More »

  • Saragossa Opening

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    The Saragossa Opening (or Hempel's Opening) is a chess opening defined by the opening move: 1. c3Since White usually plays more aggressively in the opening, the Saragossa is considered an irregular opening, classified as A00 by theEncyclop... Read More »

  • A00 to E99

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    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »