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  • The Greatest Chess Minds Video Series

    Let this video guide serve as the official reference point to help you find Chess.com videos on your favorite chess players throughout history! Chess.com has enjoyed lessons from the best coaches and players within our game. Hopefully, you&rsquo... | Read More

  • The Nimzowitsch Knight Dance

    Knights are tricky little pieces. Often seen dancing around the board like little mischievous imps, knights have the power to bewilder and confuse even the strongest of grandmasters. I want to take a deeper look at one particular knigh... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Teaching Stuff

    Topic for next month: Losing (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions outside of that theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments. If I get the opportunity to answer a different ki... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we examined the origins of the Chigorin Defense at the end of the 19th century.  In the following years, Chigorin used his defense many times and demonstrated its basic themes. Let's look at some of them. Black's play on t... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

    • PSY 101 for CHESS

      To Begin - The attempt to better understand Chess, the human mind, and the world at large is attained incrementally by the evolution of various theories. Trying on and testing out a given perspective in chess or psychology can be enlightening... | Read More

      • tomxypdq
      • | Jun 17, 2016
    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog XII: Carlsbad 1929

      Carlsbad 1929By Aron NimzovichTranslate by Jim MarfiaDover Publications, 2004.146 pagesThe Carlsbad 1929 tournament was  a star studded event but is mainly remembered as the greatest victory by Aron Nimzovich.  In a field of 22 players  the “... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Jun 15, 2016
    • Tales of a Hustler Hunter: An Introduction

      If you’re anything like me, you take the occasional break from chess. These chess-free periods can be of varying lengths and for a multitude of reasons. Maybe that nagging beast known as Real Life comes bombing into your chess time: work, school... | Read More

    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog VII: London 1922

      London 1922By Geza MaroczyForeward by Andy SoltisRussell Enterprises, Inc 2010128 pagesThe London 1922 chess tournament holds an interesting place in history.  It was one of the first big tournaments after the catastrophic nightmare that was the ... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Apr 24, 2016
    • Blitz Chess #352: Alekhine's Defense, Exchange variation

      This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening was the Alekhine's Defense, Exchange variation. Black opts for a hypermodern approach by playing the Alekhine's Defense. White gains a couple tempi by converting black... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Queens Knight Defense

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    The Queen's Knight Defense (also known as the Nimzowitsch Queen Pawn Defence or Bogoljubow–Mikenas Defense) is a chess opening defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nc6Unless the game transposes to another opening, the Encyclopedia of Chess Op... Read More »

  • Reti Opening

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    The Reti Opening (1. Nf3 d5 2. c4) belongs to the Hypermodern School of Chess that dominated in the early 20th Century. The idea is to control the center rather than contest it by direct occupation with pawn moves such as d4 and e4. Because of its... Read More »

  • Reti, Richard

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    Richard Reti (1889-1929) was one of the founders of the hypermodern school of chess, along with Nimzovich, Tartakower, and Breyer.  He was born in Hungary and went to Vienna to study mathematics, but gave that up for chess.  Richard Reti... Read More »

  • Nimzovich, Aron

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    Aron Nimzovich (1886-1935) was the founder of the hypermodern movement in chess and author of My System.  He would stand on his head during chess events and did exercises in the tournament room.  After losing a game against Saemisch in B... Read More »

  • Breyer, Gyula (Julius)

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    Gyula Breyer (1893-1921) was a Hungarian of Grandmaster strength.  He set a new blindfold record of 25 opponents (won 15, drew 7, lost 3) in 1921 in Berlin.  He was one of the pioneering leaders of hypermodern chess.  He was the Hun... Read More »