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  • School Chess Fails PR Test

    Boris Gelfand’s musings in a recent interview on the benefits of children playing chess for its own sake - “Only a fraction will play professionally, but the rest will acquire the skill of strategic planning and the habit of thinking, ... | Read More

  • Morphy and Music

    Mrs. Morphy is renowned in the salons of New Orleans as a brilliant pianiste and musician; and her son, without ever having studied music, has a similar aptitude for it, and he believes he would have become as famous therein as in chess, had he ... | Read More

  • Hammer's Rest Day Report: Norway Chess 2016

    Editor's note: In an exclusive to, Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer writes his thoughts on what's happened in Norway so far, original analysis of some of the key games, and some fun, behind-the-scenes looks at what the players do ... | Read More

  • 2016 Candidates' Tournament Free Analysis Video Guide

    Did you miss any live games from the 2016 Candidates' Tournament in Moscow, where the best contenders in the world battled it out for a shot at Magnus Carlsen's world championship? This guide serves to showcase the top-notch coverage o... | Read More

  • Candidate Profile: Fabiano Caruana

    By GM Robert Hess and IM Teddy Coleman Just like Rocky Balboa, Fabiano “The Italian Stallion” Caruana is getting his first shot at becoming the world champion. But unlike Rocky, Caruana isn’t a dark horse. Caruana is ra... | Read More

    • 2016 Championship Team -Campeonato 2016 por equipos -

      join a team list and play the first team championship of AFA     CAMPEONATO AFA 1ra " C"     CLUB ATELETICO ARGENTINO  ( Merlo) CLUB ATLETICO ARGENTINO DE QUILMES ... | Read More

    • The 3 most popular mating patterns in this tournament

      With the Italian Battle tournament coming to an end (watch the final Queen and Rook endgame here), I want to go through some mating patterns I witnessed in this tournament. We have seen a lot of fights ending in brutal attacks. These motives under... | Read More

      • BobBishoen
      • | Oct 11, 2016
    • A messy Italian Game | Rapid 5

      (I'm not posting rapid 4 because I'm ashamed) I've been changing my openings a lot recently, which is stupid. So I took's beginner advice and decided just to play the most basic, fundamental games. So here we are with an Italian Game. Bl... | Read More

    • Some Plans In Major Lines After 1. e4

      NOT included here 1. e4 c5.  These plans are sometimes good for the 4 Knights, the Ruy Lopez, Italian, and Bishop's Opening. Not much text in this one.  Mostly positions and lines.         | Read More

      • justadvice
      • | Oct 9, 2016
    • How to play the Two Knights Defence: Polerio Defence

      If you play against the Italian a lot and lose this is for you. They are many lines that are possible but this is what I play and like. If you do not Gambit do not play this line. For the moves like 4th move for example are for White.    4th m... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Italian Game

    • 23 Reads
    • | 23 Reads

    'Italian game' refers to any game that follows after the sequence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4. This includes both the Two Knights Defense (3. ...Nf6) and the Giuoco Piano (3. ...Bc4). 'Italian Game' is more accurate than Giuoco Piano, since this lite... Read More »

  • Word Gambit

    • 2 Reads
    • | 2 Reads

    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... Read More »

  • Semi-Slav Defense

    • 133 Reads
    • | 133 Reads

      The Semi-Slav Defense is a variation of the Queen's Gambit chess opening, defined by the position reached after 1. d4 d52. c4 e63. Nc3 Nf64. Nf3 c6,though the position may readily be reached by a number of different move-orders. T... Read More »

  • Bird, Henry Edward

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    • | 9 Reads

    Henry Edward Bird (1830-1908) was an accountant and strong amateur player from England.   In 1851, at the age of 21, he was invited to the first international chess tournament, held in London.  In round 1, he was knocked out by Bernhard Horwitz... Read More »

  • Zukertort, Johannes

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    • | 35 Reads

    Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888) was a chess master, physician, pianist, magazine editor, music critic, linguist, swordsman and marksman.  He was fluent in   English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Sa... Read More »