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  • 2016 Candidates' Tournament Free Analysis Video Guide

    Did you miss any live games from the 2016 Candidates' Tournament in Moscow, where the best contenders in the world battled it out for a shot at Magnus Carlsen's world championship? This guide serves to showcase the top-notch coverage o... | Read More

  • Candidate Profile: Peter Svidler

    By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog. GM Peter Svidler enters the Candidates' Tournament as the lowest-rated player, but don’t expect him to r... | Read More

  • Candidate Profile: Hikaru Nakamura

    By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Chess.com and the world at large need no introduction to GM Hikaru Nakamura. 2015 was a fantastic year for the four-time United States chess champion. Nakamura, who is well-known for his blitz and bullet ... | Read More

  • How Past Masters Can Help Your Game

    I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate on tactics and strategy). To add a... | Read More

  • The Last Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    This is my third and final Cracked Grandmaster Tales article. Click the links if you haven’t seen Cracked Grandmaster Tales and More Cracked Grandmaster Tales. We’ll start with Najdorf again since some people felt that he wouldn’t resort t... | Read More

    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog X: Baden Baden 1925

      Baden Baden 1925 International Chess Tournament Translated and Edited by Jimmy Adams Caissa Editions, 1991 382 pagesBaden Baden 1925 was the seminal tournament that convinced most of the chess world that the winner, Alexander Alekhine, would so... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | May 24, 2016
    • Chess Openings - Dutch Defence, Hopton Attack III

      Hi everyone :) I made a new video series about openings, for my youtube channel, this time I focused my attention about the Dutch Defence- Hopton Attack, it's a nice way to play against the Dutch In this series I will share my knowledge about ... | Read More

    • How Psychology Makes Easy Tactics Hard to Find

      Against USCF players under 2234, I still have a 13-game unbeaten streak.  That’s something.  The reality is that I was a heartbeat away from beating a 2300, but I missed.  Let me show you something.  How is easy is this problem for you?  Bl... | Read More

      • Milliern
      • | May 18, 2016
    • My Repertoire 16 May 2016 : Evolving Scores

      16/5    White: 55.6% Scotch: 50.0% Smith-Morra: 50.0%         Black: 54.8% Scandinavian: 64.3% Dutch: 25.0% | Read More

      • sixhat
      • | May 16, 2016
    • Mailbag May 2016

      I get quite a number of messages and emails regularly about chess training, and I think this is because I started playing chess as an adult.  Mark that well: I’m not someone who played ever before the age of 25.  I learned how the pieces move ... | Read More

      • Milliern
      • | May 11, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Dutch Defense

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    The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 ... Read More »

  • Keres Defense

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    The Keres Defence (also known as the Kangaroo Defence or Franco-Indian Defense) is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. d4 e62. c4 Bb4+The opening is named for Estonian grandmaster Paul Keres. This opening was known since t... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Abonyi, Istvan

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    Istvan Abonyi (1886-1942) was a Hungarian master.  He was born and died in Budapest.  In 1912, he played the Abonyi Gambit (1.Nf3 d5 2.e4) for the first time. In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit (1.a3 Nf6 2.b3 e5) against  the Dutch surge... Read More »

  • A00 to E99

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    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »