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  • Cuba

    Avenida de las Palmeras, Habana, ca. 1904      A large island in the Caribbean, this former Spanish colony lies just 93 miles from the state of Florida.  Its proximity to the United States, the inherent beauty of the... | Read More

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    The member yoavb2 said: “I read your ‘How to Reassess Your Chess 4th’ but fail in the opening, which makes me start with a disadvantage. How can I fix it?” ANSWER:  I looked at several of your games (whil... | Read More

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      • | May 1, 2016
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    • KIMPLODES--King Safety! (Part 2 of 10)

      King Safety is the Topic of the Day! His Majesty is the weakest piece on the board, unable to bear to approach other pieces too closely lest they check him away...or into his grave (do King's have graves, or only mauseleoms, pyramids, or oth... | Read More

    • Banter Blitz #11 & 12

      Hi All, Click on the video below to watch me (NM Kanthecarowin) play blitz against a 2036 player in the Benko/Volga Gambit followed by a game against a 2060 player in a complicated fianchetto King's Indian Thanks Kanthecarowin Atulya Vaidya ... | Read More

    • King's Gambit - accept and hold the pawn | Part 2

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    • Minor Pieces Part 1 of Two

      I'm experimenting with a gambit playing as black.  So I often have games that go like this:   First off, I've seen a way to play and did some searching on my own and found a way to totally refute this gambit, however, most people don't see it... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Apr 30, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Rex Gambit!!!

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  • 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 »

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... 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 »