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  • Fun & Blood

        Edward Lasker published his delightful book "Chess of Fun & Chess for Blood" in 1942.  In this book he examined Chess from the different perspectives of various amateurs in juxtaposition to that of serious tourn... | Read More

  • Opening Questions And A Dream Mate

    Openings That Lead to a Draw Question: 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

  • Capt. Bertin's Gambit

         The Cunningham Defense in the King's Gambit Accepted begins 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7.  White moves the Bishop to give his King a place to go with 4. Bc4.  If Black continues with the threatened 4... Bh4+ ... | Read More

  • How Past Masters Can Help Your Game

    I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate on tactics and strategy). To add a... | Read More

  • When Men Were Men

    During the romantic era of chess, MEN WERE MEN. They played gambits. They went for mate. They drank whisky while pondering their next attacking move. If someone made a material sacrifice (which loses if the opponent simply refuses the “... | Read More

    • Tactics Toddler -- From a learning game, a Budapest to boot!

      Throughout my learning, I've discovered that I seem to like gambits.  This probably isn't surprising.  After all, my teammates have drilled the paramount importance of development into my little brain and it has certainly resonated.   The advan... | Read More

    • Opening preparation - Scandinavian gambit, Blackburne/Kloosterboer

      Every now and then I like to play a Scandinavian gambit. There's actually various Scandi gambits. GM David Smerdon just has a brand new book out about the Scandinavian defense, Portuegese gambit (I saw it in a bookshop.It is quite massive! And tem... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 27, 2016
    • counter-punch

      The higher my ranking gets, the more I find myself being patient, developing pieces and waiting for a mistake from my opponent.  This is a deviation from my prefered style and contrary to my character in general.  More importantly, I don't enjoy... | Read More

      • knonk
      • | Apr 23, 2016
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    • What is development? - Italian-4-Knights Gambit Line

      Gambits are dangerous for both sides. That's why the learning chess player should go for them. An interesting way to fight the 4... Nxe4-idea is the gambit 5.0-0. The following game shows how not to play it from the white side. One slow move allo... | Read More

      • Klauer
      • | Apr 12, 2016
    • Contender Series 16 Online April 4, 2016  Match-Up Analysis     VS   X_PLAYER_J_X                                       ChessConure   Players Chess Knowledge High                                    ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Latvian Gambit

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    The Latvian gambit would begin 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-f5 creating a kind of reverse King's Gambit as Black. It is generally a less used gambit for its potential difficulties with king's side attacks from White, as well as its conflicts with some theoretic... Read More »

  • Word Gambit

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    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... 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 »

  • From's Gambit

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    A countergambit against White's Bird's Opening: 1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 d6 3. exd6 Bxd6. While this looks pretty tame as gambits go, since no Black piece is aimed directly at White's King, an example of how things can get out of hand is 4. Nf3 g5 5. d4 ... Read More »

  • Bloodgood, Claude Frizzel

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    Claude Frizzel Bloodgood (born Klaus Frizzel Bluttgutt III) was born in La Paz, Mexico on July 14, 1937 (some sources say he was born in 1924).  He was the author of The Tactical Grob, Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit(1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 d6), and Nimzov... Read More »