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  • How To Avoid Hanging Stuff

    The member KayOneM asked about the pros and cons of his games and how he can improve his play. He also mentioned that “in some positional games, when I don’t have any tactics or tricky attack, I don’t know how to improv... | Read More

  • The Death Of The Berlin Defense

    "You might not be able to fight like a samurai, but you can at least die like a samurai." -- Kill Bill, Vol. 1.  The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez is a very peculiar opening. Spectators hate it, most chess players hate it (coun... | Read More

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: 'A Truly Horrible Game'

    It's time for another installment of Pete's Pathetic Chess, where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to a brilliant grandmaster and the best chess-playing computer in the world. Joining my foolishness with his own (lucid) annotations... | Read More

  • 3 King And Pawn Endgame Tips You Must Know

    King and pawn endings are essential to every chess player's understanding of the game. Here are three practical tips when there are just kings and pawns left on the board: Try to create passed pawns. Without queening a pawn, you wo... | Read More

  • How To Use A Chess Computer

    Whether you are a Luddite or technophile, the importance of being able to successfully collaborate with a chess computer cannot be overstated. In every stage and aspect of the game — opening preparation, endgame theory, game analysis&... | Read More

    • Tips For Improving Your Game

      Over the past few years my play has improved dramatically, much more than I thought it would at this stage of life. For what it's worth, I've zeroed in on some of the reasons and would like to share them. Don't fear losing. This is perhaps the bi... | Read More

      • logosx1
      • | May 1, 2016
    • EXCLUSIVE Q&A with CEO Erik!

      [Blog History] You'll FIND HIS ANSWERS HERE…      It was a little more than a decade ago that founder and CEO Erik and his friend, Jay, got together and decided the world needed a better chess site for players worldwide to play, learn, sha... | Read More

    • Top opening mistakes

      In this lesson, you’ll learn about two chess opening mistakes you should avoid in your game..   MISTAKE #1:   Do not play openings that seem strange to you, that you can’t understand clearly.   This is a very common mistake nowadays. P... | Read More

      • smsugumar5
      • | Apr 27, 2016
    • Tearing down the curtains.

      It isn't easy to figure out who is attacking and who is defending! White's king is castled, yet if Black wins the battle for the g3-square, there are possible mating attacks. Black's king is not under any immediate threat but cannot run for cov... | Read More

      • Harish73
      • | Apr 24, 2016
    • Rejoining the fight - game 7

      This is a blog about a former NM who basically retired from serious chess for about 15 years to pursue family and career, trying to make a mini comeback without studying too much or working too hard. Each blog will see me annotate a game from my t... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Chess

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    Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. Chess is played by millions of people worldwide in homes, urban parks, clubs, online, correspondence, and in... Read More »

  • Mieses Opening

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    The Mieses Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. d3The opening is named after the German-British grandmaster Jacques Mieses. It is considered an irregular opening, so it is classified under the A00 code in the Encyclop... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Joshua Waitzkin

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    Joshua Waitzkin (born December 4, 1976) is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. He is the only person to have won th... Read More »