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  • Vasily Smyslov And The Closed Sicilian

    Although Vasily Smyslov was only the world champion for one year, he is nevertheless remembered as among the greatest players ever, and his matches with Mikhail Botvinnik dominated chess in the 1950s. All in all, they played three matches, with ... | Read More

  • Chess.com University's College-like Chess Courses

    Chess.com University's courses offer a college-like chess learning experience. Unlike in Chess.com University seminars, only 10% to 15% of instruction in courses is delivered live. Previously taught courses are available in the independent-study f... | Read More

  • Ask a Chess Openings Expert!

    Dear Ask-a-Chess-Openings-Expert, My husband and I were planning on taking a trip next month to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary, but my mother refuses to watch the kids ever since Timmy put her cat in the refrigerator.  Bill, my husban... | Read More

  • "100 Soviet Chess Miniatures" by P.H. Clarke

    This week I will be covering a very interesting old book called 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures. The games were selected and annotated by P.H. Clarke. This book is particularly unique because the games are entirely by unknown players, and the games ar... | Read More

  • Chess in Alaska

    A funny thing happened on the way back to Serbia this year. I flew in to Budapest because tickets there were cheaper than to Belgrade. After spending a night there, I got on the train south and east to Novi Sad. I went into a cabin which had two o... | Read More


    • 2016 Pittsburgh Club Championship, Round 3

      I skipped my Round 2 post since it was the same day I returned from Liberty Bell, and I played a 1144 who tried a line against the Caro-Kann that is very difficult positionally unless White plays sharply. This week, I played Franklin Chen for the... | Read More

    • 2016 Liberty Bell Open, Day 2: Don't Panic!

      For the remainder of the tournament, I rested well, so I had high hopes for recovering from my early loss. Still, I would have to score at least 3 in the last 4 rounds to finish in the money, so there wasn't much room for error. Unfortunately, th... | Read More

    • The Sicilian Defense!

                            The Sicilian Defense is my favorite defense as Black against 1.e4. It is considered to be the most challenging reply against 1.e4 by many. It is played by a lot great chess players like Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fische... | Read More

    • 2016 Pittsburgh Club Championship, Round 1

      First tournament, first game of 2016. Ideally the match would have been more even, but as the last game before Liberty Bell, it was as smooth as I could hope. About Liberty Bell: I am playing the U2100 as "originally planned" - when I thought I w... | Read More

    • Closed Sicilian Game Analysis (1673 vs 1708)

      I played the following Closed Sicilian in a 30 minutes game. I am not familiar with the Closed Sicilian and I am using this game analysis to get familiar with the ideas of the opening. After an unwanted exchange of White's dark-square bishop for ... | Read More

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  • Sicilian Defence

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      The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed.Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking cont... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence,Accelerated Dragon

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    Many people suffers against maroczy bind setup against accelerated dragon which arises after the following move orders.In this type of setup white normally deided to play with strong centre and its very good setup for white againt accelerated dra... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

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    The Dragon Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of variations. Black plays 5...g6 with the purpose of fianchettoeing his bishop with ...Bg7. The preparatory move 2...d6 makes sure that the bishop will have an open long diagonal on g7.... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »

  • Dunst Opening

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    The Dunst Opening is a chess opening where White opens with the move: 1. Nc3This fairly uncommon opening may have more names than any other: it is also called the Heinrichsen Opening, Baltic Opening, van Geet's Opening, Sleipnir Opening,... Read More »