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  • The Schliemann Gambit

    The Schliemann (AKA Jaenisch) Gambit is one of Black's most aggressive responses to the time-tested Ruy Lopez. Some say the Schliemann is unsound, but GM Melikset Khachiyan (Melik) believes the Schliemann is better than its reputation. In thi... | Read More

  • U.S. Chess League Highlights - 2013

    In its 10th season, the United States Chess League brought its action live to Chess.com. This annual contest between the strongest chess cities in the United States brought together a congregration of enthusiastic spectators to commentate, critici... | Read More

  • USCL: Game of the Week

    The US Chess League pits the chess cities of the United States against each other in a winner-take-all, no-holds-barred annual battle royale. In 2013, 16 cities faced off for the title of US Chess League Champion. Divided into two divisi... | Read More

  • Video Guide

    Need a little help navigating the hundreds of videos on Chess.com? Use this guide. The Opening Development For Beginners: This long series goes from the most basic up to the very complex. Pawn Structure 101: Everything you needed t... | Read More

  • Unmovable Feast

    In the US, *the* annual chess celebration is not the exclusive and elite US Championship, but the World Open – the biggest US open tournament hosted in Philadelphia. Many sacrifice their time with family during the long weekend to get a shot... | Read More


    • Game of the Week: Weakened Defenses

      This week, I decided to pull a game from my archives where I actually ended up losing the game. Although it is often not very fun, it is important to review our losses in order to identify our mistakes and shortcomings, and improve our play as a r... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Aug 23, 2016
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    • Game of the Week

      New game of the week!!! Sorry its not very exciting  I just didn't have any other better games.  Good game James!           | Read More

      • njacobson
      • | Aug 17, 2016
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    • Game of the Week: Discovered Checkmate!

      I am always surprised when I play a game of bullet chess that is actually worth remembering. It seems every game I play is rife with blunders and unsound tactics on both sides, some of which are punished, but many of which go unnoticed. There is a... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Aug 14, 2016
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    • Game of the Week: Offense is the Best Defense

      This week, I want to share a game that I just finished a few days ago. The game is not very long (compared to other games I have posted), but it is a really fun one, full of tactics and sharp play. Early in the game, I decided I didn't want this ... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Aug 11, 2016
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    • Game of the Week

      Here is my stats against such a worthy opponent. 2W/32L/1D  This particular opponent I have never beat by resignation or checkmate. Once by time in a 3min Blitz game. So I am very excited about this here game! Here it be.  Good game Esther! | Read More

      • njacobson
      • | Aug 5, 2016
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  • 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 »

  • You never know when you will face these very unusual and usual places

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    There are many positions in chess! There are three phases of the game-Beginning-middlegame-and Endgame! We will focus mainly on the Endgame today!!  This Endgame is simple.  It is focusing on the King and pawn versus king. This position is won-... Read More »

  • Chess tips

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    You always want to improve your game. Here are 5 simple and easy chess tips. 1 Attack with all your pieces 2 don't bring out your queen too early 3 Take your time 4 Don't play odd moves to confuse the other player unless you are 100 percent su... Read More »