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  • Opening Questions And A Dream Mate

    Openings That Lead to a Draw Question: Chess.com 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

  • Inexperienced Player Mistakes

    The World Youth Championship that took place in Greece last month was a great showcase of the best young chess players from all around the world. It also demonstrated the typical mistakes many young players make. While today we are going to... | Read More

  • 2014 World Mind Games

    Chess.com proudly hosted the online chess portion of the 2014 World Mind Games. IM Danny Rensch gives you the in-depth perspective on the tournament as he live-streams his own games from the event. Follow along as Danny competes across all five ro... | Read More

  • When White Avoids the Benoni: The Vaganian Gambit

    After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5, not every player of the white pieces agrees to take up the baton and confront the Benoni Defense or the Benko Gambit by playing 3.d5. Some may prefer to send the game toward the quieter English Opening by playing ... | Read More

  • Learn To Play The English

    The English Opening is one of the most popular in chess. Its record and the quality of its proponents compare favorably to any opening. Even the great champion of 1.e4, Bobby Fischer, took up the English Opening in his historic match against ... | Read More


    • Chess Opening

      Aims of the opening[edit] Common aims in opening play[edit] Irrespective of whether they are trying to gain the upper hand as White and equalize as Black or to create dynamic imbalances, players generally devote a lot of attention in the opening s... | Read More

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    • Analysis of an amateur game

      Analysing our finished games is considered to be one of the best ways of improving in chess.  We attempt to ascertain and evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, what our thought process was and why we chose the moves that we did.  In the process... | Read More

    • 2015 Slow Chess League Championship

      Hi all, I recently became a 2015 Slow Chess League Co-Champion along with Der-Schachspieler. Before showing my games from the tournament, I'd like to invite you to check out the Slow Chess League. For years I've been playing in the tournaments ... | Read More

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    • {OTB Tournament game} English opening

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    • A pair of knights did it again

      After playing lots of chess games, finally a game which made me stand on my chair, as a matter of speaking Today I played a game which had a Nimzo style blockading knights dominating bishops. I was happy to finish it with a clear cut queen sac. ... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Jan 16, 2016
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  • 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 »

  • I dare you to- SAC YOUR QUEENIE

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    Oh she's the most valuable piece alright!  That's what makes her so promising!  When you give up your queen (I don't reccomend it unless your playing me) You never know if it's a trap.  Leg'as mate was played by tow guys a little while back.  ... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

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    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

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      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 »

  • Mark's Opening

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    Mark's Opening is a chess opening characterized by the moves 1   d4  Nf6 2 Nc3   d5 3 Bf4   This position can also be reached by transposition (the move order isn't important). The advantages of the opening include fast piece develo... Read More »