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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 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 thousands of videos on Use this guide to find all the videos you need on topics such as: The Opening Tactics Strategy The Endgame Member Analysis and Fun Archived Broadcasts ... | 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: One-Two Punch

      No matter what your play style, there is one thing that can always be a game-changer: tactics. When used properly, one or two tactics can be all you need to deliver a crushing blow. The game below was not the easiest game for me. Early on, I ach... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Oct 7, 2016
    • Game of the Week: Tactical Draw?

      Although we as chess players would love to win every game, sometimes in a competitive tournament setting, we have to settle for a draw. As annoying as they can be, we have to remember to play the board--not just the game board, but the leaderboard... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Sep 30, 2016
    • Game of the Week: Blunderfest

      Often, it can be very easy to focus on the games where we played exceptionally well, but the truth is that not all games are so pretty. In order to truly get a good picture of your own skill, it is important to analyze all your games--even the one... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Sep 23, 2016
    • Game of the Week: One Little Slip

      Many times, chess games are ultimately defined by a single move. Sometimes this takes the form of a brilliant tactic or a beautiful positional move. But other times, the pivotal moment is just a simple mistake. While I always love games where I ... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Sep 16, 2016
    • Game of the Week

      Welcome to the Game of the Week!!!!! This week I'm going to share a game I won resignation. I thought I would share it because you don't see these discovered attacks very often! Good game Hannah!   | Read More

      • njacobson
      • | Sep 14, 2016

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    • | 26 Reads

    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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    • | 16 Reads

    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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    • | 2236 Reads

    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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    • | 2505 Reads

    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 »