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  • 2016 Candidates' Tournament Free Analysis Video Guide

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  • Video Series On The King's Indian Defense

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  • Melik Suggests Video Series

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    • Sicilian Defence, Accelerated Dragon

      The Accelerated Dragon (or Accelerated Fianchetto) is a chess opening variation of the Sicilian Defence that begins with the moves:   Moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 ECO B34–B39     The Accelerated Dragon features an... | Read More

    • The Killer Rubinstein Attack

      There are many different openings out there, each with its own different variations and plans. There are the highly theoretical openings such as the Sicilian Najdorf, King's Indian, Winawer French, etc. that offer excellent attacking chances but r... | Read More

    • "The Knight's Fork Weekly" --- ISSUE 3 --- Live Chess MARATHON Battles!!

      [Blog History]      It's funny how time repeats itself. Here I am, like last week, once again drained and STILL under the weather after a very long chess day on Twitter and watching the games and our recap shows that I'm sitting here doing an... | Read More

    • First encounter with a GM

      It happened a week ago, and now that the emotions quieted, I feel ready to write about it. At first I was just a casual observer, watching a simul and taking pictures: The guy has good; the old man wearing the Brooklyn cap was losing after only... | Read More

    • Rook fianchetto

      Letting your rook fianchettoed is often not a good idea. In the last 7 days, two of my opponents did fianchetto their rook. Let's have a look at the drawbacks of this. Now you have hopefully learned that a rook fianchetto is often a bad idea. ... | Read More

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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 »

  • 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 »

  • Modern Benoni

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    The Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns... Read More »

  • Old Indian Defense

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    The Old Indian Defense is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 d6This opening is distinguished from the King's Indian Defense by Black developing his king's bishop on e7 rather than the fianchetto at g7. Mikhail Chigo... Read More »

  • Bird's Opening

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    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 »