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  • 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

  • Lessons From Carlsen: The Draw Problem

    The recent super-tournament in Bilbao is a part of chess history already. It will be remembered for many different things. While Hikaru Nakamura will always cherish the memory of his first win over Magnus Carlsen, many chess enthusiasts will ... | Read More

  • Are You A Giant Of Positional Chess?

    In our article last year, we talked about how to improve your positional chess. Today, I want to give you an opportunity to test your strategic skills. The game we'll use for our quiz is quite remarkable. Anatoly Karpov is... | Read More

  • The Most Amazing Bishop Moves

    Last week, we discussed the trickiest knight moves. Today, we'll choose the most amazing bishop move ever! I want to thank all the readers who contribute to our search for the ultimate chess beauty. While it is difficult to choose which b... | 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

    • With love, Jerusalem.

      The chess board I am holding came from the inner city, in Jerusalem, where I was no where near when it was purchased.  I was dehydrated from a days walk in the desert and a night well spent drinking.  The cost of it all meant that I had to miss ... | Read More

      • vaperchess
      • | Oct 14, 2016
    • Sergei Karjakin: "Chess Is Way Cooler Than Cybersport"

      Interview with the Izvestia newspaper. The high-performing grandmaster talks about his impending match against Magnus Carlsen, his most angry reaction after a loss, his love for beach volleyball and dangers of virtual space. For the first... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Oct 14, 2016
    • Todays Chess

      Greetings                        I returned to Chess 3 years ago this November, and for once I stuck with it. I play music professionally and had to make a career choice when I was around 18.   I have stayed with music, occasionally ... | Read More

      • Santero13
      • | Sep 28, 2016
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    • My first games with a master player.

      Hi guys. This is the first blog I have ever written in because I really didn't have anything to fill it up with earlier. Now I have some news which I would like to share with you. I recently played some games in is... | Read More

    • A little background before starting to babble about chess

      Hi to everyone (or, most propably, no one) who will ever read my blog, i am Francesco form Italy. I would like to use this bloggin feature nicely offered by to write a bit about my approach to chess as an amateur, my progress, the views... | Read More

      • BSSN-OK
      • | Aug 29, 2016

Video Lessons

  • En Passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may ... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • Divinsky, Nathan

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    Nathan Divinksy (1925-2012) was a Canadian chess master and played in several Canadian chess Olympiads.  He served as assistant dean of science at the University of British Columbia.  His former wife (1972-1983), Kim Campbell, was the 19th P... Read More »

  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »