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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: Flying Knight Maneuver

      My next game of the week is a recent tournament game. It might just be one of the best games I have ever played. Coming to this game, rated 1576, I knew I was in for a long fight when I saw my opponent was rated 2030! I didn't write it off as a l... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Jul 18, 2016
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      • | 6 comments
    • Game of the Week: The Mighty Pawn

      This recent game against a lower-rated player was actually very tough! His play was very sound, and we simplified to an endgame where I was up only by a little. But he continued to play very well, and I blundered away my advantage. Despite his pas... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Jul 10, 2016
      • | 159 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Game of the Week: Bullet Chess--Simplified

      The game below comes from my most recent bullet tournament (for a story about that, visit here.) It's not the most amazing game ever, but considering the nature of bullet chess, I thought it was worth sharing. The game had relatively few blunders ... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Jul 3, 2016
      • | 235 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Game of the Week: Race to the Finish

      For my first Game of the Week, I am featuring a recent tournament game. It is from a chess.com thematic tournament, featuring my favorite opening as black: the Schliemann Defense, Jaenisch Gambit. The gambit (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5?!) is a ... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Jun 26, 2016
      • | 290 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Musings of an Intermediate Player

      Greetings everyone. I have decided to start a blog series here on chess.com. I am going to be writing about chess from my perspective. Now, I know many people have done that already here on this site, and in all honesty, I don't think I'm anything... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Jun 20, 2016
      • | 296 views
      • | 16 comments



  • 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 »