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  • The Magic Square In Chess

    Mikhail Tal was known not only for his fierce attacks and beautiful sacrifices but also for his amusing stories that made even non-chess-players smile. We discussed one such story in this article. Here is another anecdote&... | Read More

  • 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

  • Bluffing In Chess

    Pictures of a chess board and chess pieces are very popular in ads for banks, insurance companies and similar businesses. The companies want to underline their wisdom and strategic thinking. Unlike dice, cards, and other games of ch... | Read More

  • The Deadliest Chess Pattern

    There are many patterns in chess which you should know if you want to become strong. I have discussed many of them in this column through the years. Today, I'll talk about the deadliest chess pattern, the one that usually ... | Read More

  • Picking The Correct Opening Repertoire

    Picking the correct opening repertoire is one of the most important decisions that a chess player makes. There is no point starting the game with a series of moves that will lead you into a situation that you find unc... | Read More

    • Victims of Bad Timing

      You searched for an attack when you should have been defending. You started defending when you should have been attacking. This seems to be one of the most common flaws in my Chess thinking ... becoming passive when I should be active and being ac... | Read More

    • I hate it when that happens!: SCC September Tornado Round 1

      I guess this is getting typical now, but I'll do my normal paragraph about the photos. I told somebody during the event that as long as I put this paragraph up admitting that I didn't have their permission, that then I could put their pictures up ... | Read More

    • Nakamura loses to 2592 Benjamin bok

      Nakamura lost against young Dutchman Benjamin Bok in a very double edged Benoni where he was always a bit behind in development. It is a game typical of the variation: White takes up more space but has to waste a few extra pawn moves, and move a k... | Read More

    • Tournaments managed by rotanev6 v2.

      Tournaments managed by rotanev6 This list is probably complete; please let me know of any I missed.   3-day and 5-day tournaments   1 Round Of 960 For 6 VI   in progress 1 Round Of 960 For 6 V 1 round of 960 for 6 IV 1 round of 960 f... | Read More

      • rotanev6
      • | Oct 4, 2016
    • Washington Women's Championship

      My great summer chess binge--three tournaments and 18 rated games in under a month--concluded with the Washington Women's Championship, a four-round open Swiss.  For some reason I repeatedly woke up in the middle of the night worrying about this ... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | Sep 25, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Dutch Defense

    • 6 Reads
    • | 6 Reads

    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

    • 1 Read
    • | 1 Read

    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 »

  • Queens Pawn Game

    • 23 Reads
    • | 23 Reads

    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 »

  • Bird's Opening

    • 7 Reads
    • | 7 Reads

    Bird's Opening (or the Dutch Attack) is a chess opening characterised by the move: 1. f4Bird's is a standard but never popular flank opening. White's strategic ideas involve control of the e5-square without occupying it, but his first move ... Read More »

  • Van't Krujis Opening

    • 2239 Reads
    • | 2239 Reads

    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 »