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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

    • Skwim, aikido, and improving at chess

      For about a year and a half I've been playing Skwim a couple of times a month.  It's a team sport similar to Ultimate, but played in a swimming pool with a soft rubber disk that skims along the water.  My local pool holds games every Friday with... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | May 25, 2016
    • A Game in the Danish Gambit

      I don't like gambits. I prefer solid, positional play. Every once in a while, though, I indulge my inner attacking maniac and play a particular opening, the Danish Gambit. Most of the time, it doesn't work; the gambit is declined, and the game pro... | Read More

    • By the power of the h pawn

      Pawns, as the great Phildor used to say, are the soul of chess. These little foot soldiers are lowest in value, can only move forward and are cruelly given up in form of gambits.But in the hand of a good player, they are powerful and may turn into... | Read More

      • doctorpsb
      • | May 15, 2016
    • Winning with the Gambits

      Hey everyone! Today I want to share with you my latest YouTube lecture I did earlier today! You know Gambits are still the deadliest weapon available to club players so it’s surprising so many copy the quieter openings of the top 10. Thankfully ... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | May 14, 2016
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    • Improve Your Chess - Openings

      Welcome to another article! This time I will be going over the openings and my opinion of how to go about choosing an opening repertoire based on your level/ambitions.   I'm going to split my repertoire suggestions into 3 categories to make it ... | 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 »