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  • Fighting For Initiative

    Seizing the initiative is not something that just happen. There's a strategy to gaining the initiative. However, the importance of playing aggressively doesn't justify reckless abandon. In this series, learn how to properly fight for the init... | Read More

  • 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


    • My interview with Alina l'Ami

      --   Alina l'Ami is a professional chess player well known in the chess world because, beside being a strong player (she holds the IM and the WGM titles), she works as a correspondent for Chessbase.com writing interesting tournaments reports fr... | Read More

      • Sentenzio
      • | Aug 23, 2016
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    • 14+ Reasons why I make bad moves: Seafair Open Rounds 2

      There's a lot more than 14 reasons why I play bad moves, but I'll reveal some of them to you. Maybe you can take advantage of them when you play me. Both me and my opponent were NM's, but for different reasons. He was a National Master, while I w... | Read More

    • Has ChessBase abondoned their native protocol?

      The Fritz 15 engine is a UCI engine. Does this mean that ChessBase has abondoned their native protocol. If so, why then don't they make it open so that programmers can compare it's features with UCI and WB. | Read More

      • Jimulumulu
      • | Aug 16, 2016
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    • HOW to Build an Opening Repertoire

      I recently viewed a blog titled "Build Your Opening Repertoire" <--click on the link to view the excellent video with a bunch of advice about building an opening repertoire. Which gave me the idea for this blog about HOW to build an opening rep... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Aug 15, 2016
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    • Chess Informant 128 Far Cry

      We dare to believe that Chess Informant 128 is simply in a league of its own, without peer. Quite simply a far cry ahead of everything else in the chess market. DON'T MESS WITH KARJAKIN! Now imagine that the play of world title challenger is p... | Read More

      • GMTadic
      • | Jul 19, 2016
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Video Lessons



  • 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 »

  • Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami

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    Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami Ehsan Ghaem Maghami  born 11 August 1982 is a chess grandmaster from Iran.In 2000, at the age of 18, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami achieved the sacred title of grandmaster. On the April 2009 FIDE list, he has an Elo rating of 2593.E... Read More »

  • Vassily Smyslov

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    I would like to thank Awardchess for posting this in the Vassily Smyslov Group. He did all the research; I simply pressed "copy" and "paste". Smyslov's background is possibly part Jewish.[1] Smyslov learned chess from his father, Vasily O. ... Read More »