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  • Who Was The Greatest Chess Theorist?

    Axorcist wrote: “My question is this: Who do you consider to be the greatest chess theorist of all time? I have never read a good review on who really had the most influence on the development of knowledge in our beautiful game. Was i... | Read More

  • A Universal System

    For some reason, certain openings give players trouble no matter how well versed they are in theory. Sometimes this is a matter of style. This series is designed to explore a universal system against hypermodern openings, a system known for caus... | Read More

  • 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

    • RAR match vs. anshulcgm2

      Photo courtesy of Joseph Truelson. Anshul runs from the camera, as usual. Taken without his permission. Yesterday, as I went into live chess, I noticed that Anshul was in live chess! My record with him going into this match was decent, 39 wins, 2... | Read More

    • Learn Pafu's Beginner's Game - Empty Centers and Initiative: Games #7-8

      (This post is part of a series on The Beginner's Game, an opening system by Pafu. It is written by Christopher Huff.) A series of posts will follow containing two featured games played by the inventor of the system, including Pafu's own commentar... | Read More

      • chuff
      • | Sep 28, 2016
    • 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

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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    • | 35 Reads

    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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    • | 38 Reads

    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 »