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  • 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

  • Capt. Bertin's Gambit

         The Cunningham Defense in the King's Gambit Accepted begins 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7.  White moves the Bishop to give his King a place to go with 4. Bc4.  If Black continues with the threatened 4... Bh4+ ... | Read More

    • Road to Master: Assembling the Repertoire

      Road to Master: Creating an Opening Repertoire As with many amateur players, I have always aspired to become a master, at least at the national level. As a child, I had some talent for the game but got dragged away from chess by other interests l... | Read More

    • Fegatello Atack - Fried Liver atack

      Video sobre o ataque Fegatello do jogo Italiano,se inscrevam no canal,este e meu segundo video obrigado | Read More

      • Victor016
      • | Jul 6, 2016
    • Pawn Fork Trick in Italian Game

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      • manicneko
      • | Jul 6, 2016
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    • The Beginner Perks of the Pirc

      In 2005 I was going to my first couple of chess tournaments. I never played in USCF as a kid, only as casual games with friends (I won my middle school tournament 6-0 by using the scholar's mate 6 times!) Now after college I just wanted to engage ... | Read More


      E4 OPENINGS The most common e4 opening is the Sicilian. The sicilian goes like this: e4, c5, Nf3, d6. This is most popular line. After d6, usually follows d4 or bb5+. The open sicilian which is the d4 line is pretty tactical. Especially the drago... | Read More

      • KS-Y
      • | Jul 2, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Italian Game

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    '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

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    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

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      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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    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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    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 »