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  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

    The 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

  • How To Watch The Caruana-MVL Blitz Battle is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. The three-hour, round-one match between Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. ... | 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

  • It's Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana May 10: GM Blitz Battle #3

    Who will be the third player to reach the semifinal, Fabiano Caruana or Maxime Vachier-Lagrave? We'll know at the end of's third GM Blitz Battle Championship, scheduled for Tuesday, 10 May at 10 a.m. Pacific (GMT-7), ... | Read More

  • The German Morphy

         Most chess enthusiasts are aware that the young Wilhelm Steinitz was sometimes referred to as "the Austrian Morphy."  Some might even know that Cecil de Vere had been called "the English Morphy."  Few, ho... | Read More

    • Secrets of Chess Legends

      Get ready to add extra depth and dynamism to your chess with an exclusive webinar revealing the secrets of chess legends. This Saturday (May 28), you are invited to join me for a 1-hour live coaching session – free and exclusive to all my chess... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | May 28, 2016
    • Adventures in New York City: Part 5, Brooklyn Goes Hard

      “Points –ain’t have ‘em, gotta get ‘em!”     I had one more important story to tell from my adventures in NYC.  With so many stories and cool chess and non-chess things that happened, I could go on for quite some time telling sto... | Read More

      • Milliern
      • | May 27, 2016
    • Supercharge my chess - day 11

      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  My goals:  1. I ... | Read More

    • The Haldane Attack- Lessons from Robin In Hackney

        For the past few months I have been going to the best Chess Club in the world. The Hackney Chess Club. There my friend Robin Oakley introduced to this exciting reply to the French he learnt from a fellow Londoner.  I would highly recommend ... | Read More

    • Collection of traps

      I've collected many traps that are played in the most common openings.Feel free to post a common trap I've missed or an uncommon trap as well.Legal Trap(Italian game -- White) Blackburne's Trap(Italian game -- Black) Magnus Smith Trap(Sicil... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • En passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may onl... Read More »

  • Acers, Jude Frazer

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    Jude Acers was born in Long Beach on April 6, 1944.  He is a U.S. senior chess master living in New Orleans who has set several world record simultaneous exhibition records.  He learned to play chess at age 7 and was a master at age 17.  In 1... Read More »


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    A lot of players choose to play the french defence in order to slow down the action in the center and hope to play a quiet position. Ladies and gents, here's how you can go ALL IN against the french, especially in blitz! Read More »

  • Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

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    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, born October 21, 1990, is a French Grandmaster.  In 2002, he was 2nd in the World Under-14 Championship.  In 2005, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 4 months, the 7th youngest GM in history and the 2nd young... Read More »

  • Wing Gambit

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    The term Wing gambit usually refers to when white plays an early b2 to b4 deflecting a black pawn. There are many wing gambits. The first one is the Evan's Gambit, popularized by William Davie Evans. In the 1800's everybody used it and there were ... Read More »