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  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

    The Chess.com member Olaspecial wrote: “I am keen to become Nigeria’s next titled player (I hope this makes you smile) and I believe you can help me get there. I am diligent and I have been working hard at developing my opening repe... | Read More

  • A Monster Attack And Key Endgames

    I’ll start with a fun game. Black was so taken with his own brilliance that he wrote a blog about it, and he gave his opening a name: "The Magicians’ Attack!" Well, he should be excited since this kind of attack and subsequent m... | Read More

  • Play Chess With A Pro Football Player

    Chess.com will host its first pro-am vote-chess event next month, pairing the Baltimore Ravens guard and chess enthusiast John Urschel with International Master Danny Rensch to take on the world over the 64 squares.  Any... | Read More

  • Are Pawns The Soul Of Chess?

    In last week's column we talked about the chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor. While his three endgame positions are truly a cornerstone of the endgame play, Philidor's most quoted saying that pawns are the soul o... | Read More

  • The Three Philidor Positions

    The chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor is enormous. There is an opening named after him (1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6) and three endgame positions all called "the Philidor Position"! The Philidor position in rook endgames is o... | Read More

    • 4th Cherry Blossom Classic

      For my first FIDE tournament, that was quite rough (also my first time with the increment, though I think that's a positive). Having an off-weekend against a strong expert/master field comprehensively exposed my relative lack of experience and int... | Read More

    • When to resign - a guide for beginners and intermediates (#4327)

      #4327 - When to resign; a quick guide for beginners and intermediates Here is my golden rule: Never resign an important game just because your opponent has significant advantages.Many players resign for no good reason every now and then. This is ... | Read More

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    • My Chicago Open 2016

      I played in the U1900 of the Chicago Open in the 3-day schedule. I initially planned on doing the 2-day, but a situation with my job allowed me to change into the 3-day at the near last minute. I was very happy with that change - playing 4 fast ga... | Read More

    • Learning the Spanish: Adventures in the Chigorin

        Exploring the Spanish: The Chigorin Part 1   The Spanish (Ruy Lopez) has always fascinated players. In a recent Q&A (via the Facebook page for his app) Carlsen recommended that players in the intermediate stages of their chess learn th... | Read More

    • Supercharge my chess - day 13

      Today I continue to write about my daily experiences in the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course.  You can read about the past days: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9,  Day 10, Day 11, Day 12  ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Crazyhouse Chess

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    Crazyhouse chess is a chess variant similar to Bughouse chess but played with 2 players and no teams. Each player has a "pocked" or "reserve" for pieces. Every time a piece is captured the capturing player gets a piece of the same type and of thei... Read More »

  • Zugzwang

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    Zugzwang an intermediate move yeah ZANG  Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung",  Zugzwang (German for "compulsion to move", pronounced [ˈtsuːktsvaŋ]) is a situation found in chess and other games wherein one player is put at a disadvantage because the... Read More »

  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »

  • You never know when you will face these very unusual and usual places

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    There are many positions in chess! There are three phases of the game-Beginning-middlegame-and Endgame! We will focus mainly on the Endgame today!!  This Endgame is simple.  It is focusing on the King and pawn versus king. This position is won-... Read More »

  • brige

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    the brige a rook and king endgame Read More »