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  • The Euphoria Of A Queen Sacrifice

    “Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.” ― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn Magic does happen on the chess board; that is one of the... | Read More

  • How To Play Variants On

    There's much more to play on than just... chess! Fun "chess variants" can be a great way to mix things up and apply your chess skills in different and exciting ways. You can play Bughouse, Crazyhouse, 3-Check, King of the Hill&nbs... | Read More

  • The Sparkling Bishop Combo

    Back rank checkmates are very common in chess. As a matter of fact, many tactical textbooks start with exactly this kind of combination due to their simplicity. The vast majority have one thing in common: You need to deflect your opponent's b... | Read More

  • The Deadliest Chess Pattern

    There are many patterns in chess which you should know if you want to become strong. I have discussed many of them in this column through the years. Today, I'll talk about the deadliest chess pattern, the one that usually ... | Read More

  • How To Play When You're Winning Easily

    In all sports, you play much differently when you are winning easily. In baseball, if you are leading 8-0 in the 8th inning, you would not pull your fresh relief pitcher out of the game to pinch hit and try to get another run. In soccer, if y... | Read More

    • Reti Opening and Great Endgame

      Hi! This is pete-2  Reti Opening... Black often responses ...d5, ...c5 or ...Nf6. Sometimes Black responses ...Nc6. In this game Black responsed ...d6. It's unusual move. But it's quite logical, because after 2.g3 ...e5 Black's position is good.... | Read More

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      • | Sep 27, 2016
    • Teaching Chess

      This summer, I had the pleasure to tutor a middle schooler (grade 7) not in Math or Science but in Chess! He knows the rules of chess but has never played competitively. Therefore it was my job to not only teach him strategy but also to convince h... | Read More

      • Oraoradeki
      • | Sep 24, 2016
    • Opening traps in the Caro-Kann Defense 03 (Checkmate Trap)

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      • DAlbanesi
      • | Sep 20, 2016
    • Strategy in the opening,is it important?

      It's well known that winning from the first move is better than thinking of checkmate after the opening but strategy can be applied in any stage of the game because it makes a link between the opening and the middle.Long run strategy from the star... | Read More

    • Tactics 5: Common Endgame Checkmates- Part 1

       Here are some common checkmates: First we'll talk about the Queen and King Checkmate. First you want to start off with a move to trap the king in a box of chess squares. I prefer this move, 1. Qc3+. This lets you encage the king because the q... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • List of chess variants

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    A chess variant (or unorthodox chess) is a game "related to, derived from or inspired by chess".[2] The difference from chess might include one or more of the following: different rules for capture, move order, game objective, etc.; addition... Read More »

  • Bird's Opening

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    Bird's Opening (or the Dutch Attack) is a chess opening characterised by the move: 1. f4Bird's is a standard but never popular flank opening. White's strategic ideas involve control of the e5-square without occupying it, but his first move ... Read More »

  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... Read More »

  • Sacrifice

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    To voluntarily give up material in the hope of gaining other advantages as compensation. The following is an example of using queen sacrifice to checkmate: Read More »

  • Algebraic notation

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    This article is about Algebric notation.First we will talk about what the pieces mean: K=king Q=queen R=rook B=bishop N=knight when pawns move,only the destination square is described. Here is an example of an opening with algebric notation... Read More »