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  • Wanna Buy The Brooklyn Bridge?

    George C. Parker was a famous con man.  Here is what Wikipedia says about him: "He made his living conducting illegal sales of property he did not own, often New York's public landmarks, to unwary immigrants. The Brooklyn Bridge was th... | Read More

  • The Birth And Development Of The Hillbilly Attack

    People are obsessed with chess openings. Amazon shows 28,265 books listed when you search for "Chess Book", but I expect the number of books written on the game is well over 100,000. If I were to hedge a bet, then I would also guess that... | Read More

  • Warrior at the Chess Board

          About a decade ago, WilhelmThe2nd, from Chessgames.com sent me this article by Fedor Bohatirchuk about his personal memories of Efim Bogoljubov.  The article, which had no accompanying pictures, is given below with some elaboration ... | Read More

  • Say "Hello!" to Chess.com Version 3

    It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of Chess.com is finally ready to step up and take online chess to a new level - and take your chess to new levels as well.  Version 3 (v3) has been our #1 priority for over two year... | Read More

  • Capt. Bertin's Gambit

         The Cunningham Defense in the King's Gambit Accepted begins 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7.  White moves the Bishop to give his King a place to go with 4. Bc4.  If Black continues with the threatened 4... Bh4+ ... | Read More


    • Sicilian Defence: Pros and Cons

      Hello everyone. This is a post about the Sicilian Defence. The Sicilian Defence is the most popular of all chess openings. Almost a quarter of all chess games begin with the Sicilian Defence. Its defining moves are: 1. e4  c5.   One of the rea... | Read More

    • Top 7 Most Aggressive Chess Openings! (Not for you, defensive chess players whom win methodically!)

      Here I'll be showing you the Top 7 Most Aggressive Chess Openings. #7: The Danish Gambit #6: The Chochrane Gambit #5: Scotch Game #4: Kings Gambit You know this. I don't need to show you if your an aggressive chess player.   Most Ag... | Read More

      • MellisMax
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    • Build Your Opening Repertoire

      The question of how to build your opening repertoire is common among club players. The benefits are clear: you spend much less time and energy thinking about the opening stage during games and you’re more likely to get a good position by move 15... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Aug 12, 2016
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    • Special Guest Paul Swaney for Chess^Summit

      It's been a while since I've linked a Chess^Summit post to chess.com due to some diagram issues, but this morning we had a nice post from multiple time Virginia Coach of the Year Paul Swaney that I wanted to share. To see the original post, you ca... | Read More

    • How to select a perfect opening for you?

      Studying an opening is a major commitment, which is why it is important to look at all different openings and find which one suits you best. Read the full article on GM Igor Smirnov’s blog: Best chess openings | Read More

      • attilaturzo
      • | Jul 23, 2016
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  • 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 »