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  • The Positional Threat

    When you think of the word "threat," what comes to mind? A threat of checkmate, perhaps? A threat to trap your piece? An indirect threat against your queen?  Whatever your specific mental representation, it is most likely tactical... | Read More

  • You Are Important!

    When we were learning how to play chess, most of us dreamed about becoming next Capablanca, Fischer or Kasparov one day. Alas, the sad reality is that 99.999 percent of us will never become one of the chess gods. Should we be disappointed and up... | Read More

  • Your Holiday Chess Buying Guide

    Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits, including better memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and more. (10 Big Benefits of P... | Read More

  • The Terrifying Grinder Of Chess

    The title of this article sounds like the name of a cheap horror flick, perhaps a low-budget rip-off of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A spine-chilling monster known as the Grinder terrorizes the inhabitants of a fictional town... A quick... | Read More

  • What If Death Match 31 Were Competitive Eating?

    What if added a food consumption element to its Death Matches? On which meal would GMs Sam Shankland and Georg Meier prefer to gorge? For this and other pressing and non-pressing questions, we caught up with the players. You can read b... | Read More

    • Fritz 15 seems slow

      I was a happy user of Deep Fritz 14, with a couple of reservations, and decided when Fritz 15 came out that I would invest my hard-earned wonga in it. After using it, I do get the feeling that I don't have much for my money. My main gripe with DF... | Read More

    • Hou Yifan vuole lasciare il Mondiale femminile

      --   L’altro ieri è stato pubblicato sul sito un interessante articolo di Dylan Loeb McClain intitolato “Preparing to Abdicate Her Throne”:   In esso si parla dell’intenzione della campione... | Read More

      • Sentenzio
      • | May 28, 2016
    • Abhijeet Gupta's favourite study best Tactics

      Abhijeet Gupta's favourite study A few days ago strong Indian GrandMaster Abhijeet Gupta posted a study on Twitter with the words, "One of the prettiest studies I have seen in recent times!" The author of this article tried his hand at the study a... | Read More

    • Chessbase in Macedonia

      This is a story about the beginnings of Chessbase in Macedonia. I was one of the three pioneers who brought and started using this program back in 1993 (it was Chessbase 4.0 then!) And there was Fritz 2, of course.  The story is in Macedonian, ... | Read More

    • PlayChess Blitz-Everything is in the air, yet you can capture nothing!

      It has become a habit for me to play blitz at whenever I need a break from work. Given the itch I have for tactics, my natural tendency is to go for gambit openings, open the center and start attacking the king's side. ... | Read More

      • novogeek
      • | May 18, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • List of chess software

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    Chess software[edit] 1K ZX Chess Battle Chess Chess (Northwestern University) Chess (application) Chess Assistant Chess Crusade Chess Informant Expert Chess Mates Chess Titans Chess Tiger ChessBase ChessGenius ChessV Chessmaster CilkChess Colossu... Read More »

  • Van't Krujis Opening

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    The Van't Kruijs[1] Opening (Dutch pronunciation: [vɑn ət ˈkrœys]) is a chess opening defined by the move: 1. e3It is named after the Amsterdam player Maarten van't Kruijs (1813–85) who won the sixth Dutch championship in 1878.... Read More »

  • Evans, Larry

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    Larry Melvyn Evans (March 22, 1932 – November 15, 2010) was an  was an American Chess Grandmaster, author and journalist. He won or shared the U.S. Open Chess Championship five times and the U.S. Open Chess Championship four times.  He won or ... Read More »

  • Natural Move

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    A 'Natural Move' is most often used to refer to a move which accords with basic principles, and is therefore intuitively the kind of move which is appropriate for the given position. Although a move may look natural, that does not necessarily mak... Read More »