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  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More

  • Goose-Stepping Down Under

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia.  Like Tal, Ozols was... | Read More

  • Can You Still Specialize In An Opening?

    In today's world of competitive chess, it is easy to imagine that you have to surprise your opponent every time. That you have to continually rotate your openings to avoid preparation. That you cannot develop a deep understanding of an opening wit... | Read More

  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g4!? The so-called "Li... | Read More

  • How To Play The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit

    The 90s were a decade of complex openings:  in particular, the King's Indian and the Semi-Slav. In 1992, a peculiar attacking idea came out of Latvia to combat the Semi-Slav, Meran Variation. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6... | Read More


    • Trappy Openings

      Here is how to deal with some annoying openings after 1.e4 for both sides. Starting with the least sound:   1. Matinovsky Gambit   2. Elephant Gambit     3. Latvian Gambit       None of the following attempt to refute the annoying o... | Read More

    • Gambits & Countergambits

      Just a short glossary of some dynamic choices for black and white, for my own personal reference. Danish Gambit King's Gambit, Muzio Gambit King's Gambit, Falkbeer Countergambit Queen's Gambit, Albin Countergambit Giuoco Piano, Evan... | Read More

    • Opening preparation - Bishop's Opening

      Since last year October I started to play the Bishop's Opening. The reason for that was because I was not happy with positions and results I got from the Scotch opening, and when playing 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 as white I also had to prepare for the Latvian... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Mar 6, 2016
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    • Chess Opening

      Aims of the opening[edit] Common aims in opening play[edit] Irrespective of whether they are trying to gain the upper hand as White and equalize as Black or to create dynamic imbalances, players generally devote a lot of attention in the opening s... | Read More

      • sachin951
      • | Feb 2, 2016
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    • Ruy Lopez. General. Classical Defense

      For those who like to begin the chess game with 1.e4, there inevitably arises a question - what to play against 1. ... e5. Of course, that depends on taste and style of play. For a long time upon 1.e4 e5, one of my favorites is the King's Gambit, ... | Read More

      • schachfan1
      • | Jan 17, 2016
      • | 625 views
      • | 4 comments

Video Lessons



  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Latvian Gambit

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    The Latvian gambit would begin 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-f5 creating a kind of reverse King's Gambit as Black. It is generally a less used gambit for its potential difficulties with king's side attacks from White, as well as its conflicts with some theoretic... Read More »

  • Bagirov, Vladimir

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    Vladimir Konstantinovich Bagirov was born to an Armenian father and a Ukrainian mother in Baku on August 16, 1936. He was a Soviet-Azerbajani-Latvian Grandmaster who competed in nine Soviet championships between 1960 and 1978.  His chess coac... Read More »

  • Mednis, Edmar

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    Edmar John Mednis (1937-2002) was a Latvian-born American grandmaster (1980) who took 2nd place in the 1955 World Junior Championship, behind Boris Spassky.   He wrote 26 chess books and hundreds of chess articles.  He was trained a... Read More »

  • Gipslis, Aivars

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    Aivars Gipslis (1937-2000) was a Latvian grandmaster (1967).   He won the Latvian championship 8 times (1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966).  He took 3rd place in the USSR chess championship in 1966/67.  At the Sousse Int... Read More »