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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

  • The Best Of The Old And New Schools

    Occasionally I run into players who think that Bobby Fischer "did it all by himself." I.e. he locked himself in his room, studied chess until he was world class, and then burst onto the tournament scene. Uh, no. Every day after school, Bobby w... | Read More

  • 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

    • Изучаем Северный гамбит. 3. ... d5

      1. e4   e5 2. d4   exd4 3. c3   ... С этих ходов начинается Северный гамбит. О нем есть неплохая статья в русской Википедии (коротко, по делу, немн... | Read More


      Hello Friends,THE FUTURE OF CHESS IS HERE!!You read that right.Now,you might be thinking what am I talking about?Let me tell you about that.Ever seen Harry Potter's Wizard chess.Imagine that,but in real life.COULD IT BE POSSIBLE? WELL,IT IS!!Now ... | Read More

    • Defense is hard: SCC September Tornado Round 4

      Photo courtesy of me once again. My opponent is the person farthest to the left (also my profile picture). As usual, I had the permission of  none of the 9 (?) people in the picture. Defense is really hard! I learned that the soft way in this ga... | Read More

    • "Square off" (14)

      A very interesting and intriguing article about challenging players from the comfort of your living room with the help of an app and smart phone: if you want to support their fund... | Read More

      • EugenD
      • | Oct 13, 2016
    • New/Old Resources Against the Richter-Rauzer

      It's no secret that the reason the Classical Sicilian isn't as popular is because of the potency of the Richter-Rauzer Attack (6. Bg5, pictured above). In fact, a recent Quality Chess publication by GM Parimarjan Negi in 1.e4 vs The Sicilian 1+2 u... | Read More

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 »