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  • 8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

    You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There are many parallels between chess... | Read More

  • Amateur Game Review

    Kudos to the brave members who contributed their games to this series. This time we're analyzing submissions from amateurs looking to take that next step. Sometimes we need a second pair of eyes to break down our mistakes and explore areas of impr... | Read More

  • How To Use A Chess Computer

    Whether you are a Luddite or technophile, the importance of being able to successfully collaborate with a chess computer cannot be overstated. In every stage and aspect of the game — opening preparation, endgame theory, game analysis&... | Read More

  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game member Nietsoj wrote: “I read your recent post where you answered a question about aiming for a 2000 rating. Just as so many other amateur players, I have the same goal, and I am wondering what a realistic training program would look ... | Read More

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: 'Totally Unreal' Endgame

    Last week, we examined the depths of my chess ineptitude for the first 21 moves of a recent blitz game played on the live server. Join me, grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili, and the fictional voice of Stockfish 6 as we now analyz... | Read More

    • Game Analysis Service

      I am offering a game analysis service for players rated up to around 1500. Have a look at my website for more information: Game Analysis Service. | Read More

    • October 2016 Prodigy Program Registration Open!

      Registration for the October 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  11:00 PM PDT on October 7th, 2016. Chess University's core team of world-class instructors will... | Read More

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    • If Elvis played Chess he'd sing ... "Return to Sender"

      What I love about 3 days/move correspondence Chess is one gets to try out openings they'd never had dared if time controls were live. One has the luxury to research similar positions, exploring ideas played before. I encountered the Catalan openin... | Read More

    • The Blunder Games - Two Players Survive!

      For my first blog post, I'm going over a game I should have won but only drew, luckily. However, it was a great game, and that's the point of playing chess: to have a great time. The reason why I didn't win the chess game is because of to many blu... | Read More

    • Slow Chess League: An epic clash

      What a game.  I gave it my all but fell short in the endgame.  Overall I am pleased with my level of play. Post game analysis showed plenty of learning points which I am keen to absorb and assimilate.  Practical wise, I need to have better t... | 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 ... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Why you should almost never advance the soldier on f7!

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    You know in chess, your entire army works as a team!! But sometimes  a piece rebels against the king. They are out to cause trouble! Either that or they made the wrong move at the wrong time! In this case the f7 pawn made the same mistake! Or the... Read More »