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  • Who Loved These Knight Moves?

    When we analyzed "An Opening Line For Masters" last week, I chose GM Igor Zaitsev as our opening guide for a reason. It is difficult to name another chess player who introduced that many absolutely paradoxical opening novelties. Today ... | Read More

  • Surprise Mating Attacks

         The following is a reprint of a charming article composed by Al Horowitz in "Chess Review," Nov. 1953. Of course, this version has been updated to Algebraic Notation with the digital supplanting the physical. Al Horow... | Read More

  • An Opening Line For Masters

    Last week we analyzed a line that could be a decent opening weapon for club players. As you remember, unlike the openings played by super-grandmasters, it didn't require any special opening knowledge and could be learned in one minute. The obvio... | Read More

  • Opening Questions And A Dream Mate

    Openings That Lead to a Draw Question: member jos2001 wrote, “I’m a 1076-ranked player who wants to know the best openings to draw.” Answer: Though various openings are known to be drawish at the master level (and u... | Read More

  • Capt. Bertin's Gambit

         The Cunningham Defense in the King's Gambit Accepted begins 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7.  White moves the Bishop to give his King a place to go with 4. Bc4.  If Black continues with the threatened 4... Bh4+ ... | Read More

    • How to Win a Bullet Game

      Winning a bullet game may seem easy but it's not. Here I will give out some tips and tricks to help you win bullet games.  #1 Keep as much time on the clock When I play online, about 60% of the wins are from time. There are some cases that peop... | Read More

    • 2.Qe2 in the French defense

      A few days ago I came across some articles about 2.Qe2 in the French defense. I knew about that line already years ago, but never tried it or looked into it. It is a nice way to avoid the main French defense lines, where many opponent might be rea... | Read More

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      • | Feb 7, 2016
    • some LIVE CHESS Games

      Black seeks to B27: Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon | Read More

    • Caro-Kann Defense Refuted

      Clay gets rekt...     So there you have it, the caro-kann has been refuted.      | Read More

    • Using the typical Sicilian exchange sacrifice

      Typical exchange sacrifices in the Sicilian are not so difficult to learn, and can be great fun! Usually 1 pawn for the exchange is good, plus having some active play. More pawns is often better. But of course it all depends on what is on the che... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Feb 5, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Fried Liver Attack

    • 26 Reads
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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

    • 340 Reads
    • | 340 Reads

    King's Indian Defense belongs to the Indian Defense family of openings and is characterised by the early fianchetoeing of the black dark-squared bishop on g7. It is a sharp opening and it has always been a very popular choice for black ever ... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence

    • 321 Reads
    • | 321 Reads

      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 »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    • | 1568 Reads

    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 »