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  • The 8 Worst Excuses For Losing A Chess Game

    If you're going to play chess, you have to accept that losing is part of the game. While a chess game might be theoretically drawn with perfect play, even today's best players (humans and engines alike) lose games regularly. The best way to ha... | Read More

  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More


         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • Chess Criminals And The Games They Play

    As a man that has many interests (UFOs, martial arts, philosophy, various forms of history [chess and non-chess], literature, art, film, music, and even criminology), I recently began reading an excellent book entitled "Shady Side: The Life and Cr... | Read More

  • Blindfold Art

    Convergences: Miles of String  by Marcel Duchampfrom the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition New York 1942, for the benefit of the French war relief societiesPhoto by John Schiff hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Untitled scul... | Read More

    • Beginner to Chess Master #22 - 6th Rank Pawn (Vančura Defense)

      This is video #22 from the "Beginner to Chess Master" playlist. The Vančura defense is an important rook and pawn endgame drawing idea that is specific to a rook pawn on the 6th rank. This concept is well beyond the beginner stage, and is likely ... | Read More

    • How Chess Master's mind works?

      In this short video IM Piotr Nguyen  and Stanisław Praczukowski are sharing the basics of calculation, the way how we should think to find solutions to complicated problem by checking simple lines first and making clear conclusions. The examp... | Read More

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    • How to refute most bad openings

      The way to refute the sicilian,e4-e5,french is to play Na3 at some point. -Anand The french is bad. There you go! I If you play this way you'll become a chess master in no time. | Read More

      • keisyzrk
      • | Sep 17, 2016
    • Beginner to Chess Master #19 - Lucena Position (The Shield)

      This is video #19 from the "Beginner to Chess Master" playlist. Rook and pawn endgames are the most popular type of endgames in chess. Of them, one of the most frequent types to arise in practice is known as the "Lucena Position", or what many, my... | Read More

    • Why Analyze?

      It seems that almost every chess master, teacher, and coach has at least one piece of advice that never changes: analyze your games. But is this really necessary and worth the time you have to put into it? Well, this is my story: In the early da... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Sep 9, 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 »