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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

    • XXIII International Chess Festival ''Liepajas rokade-2016''

      XXIII International Chess Festival ''Liepajas rokade-2016''   The traditional chess festival in Latvia took place in the first weekend of august this year in Liepaja . The Open, the blitz, the supertournament, the tennis tournament were all call... | Read More

      • Malev212
      • | Aug 22, 2016
    • Watch out for traps in the endgame!

      This is an example why you shouldn't relax in the endgame and  should be very attentive at traps. I played this game in the Latvian championship final, against pretty strong opponent, but tricked him in a funny way. I guess it wasn't so funny ... | Read More

      • Pashka27
      • | Jul 8, 2016
    • My miniature win over 2100 rated player

        This was a very important game for me in the last round of the Latvian championship semi-final. I needed a win to get into the final.  As a result, I finished in top 10 and got through to the final!   | Read More

      • Pashka27
      • | Jul 7, 2016
    • Where is Latvian Gambit analys?

       Where is Latvian Gambit analys? | Read More

    • The Hansen Gambit.

      Many years a go, I found a crazy idea, that I have been useing alot, and have found very interesting to play. I like to point out, that the idea, is not new, but I like to  say that I have been beating players abouve my own rating, so I like to b... | Read More

      • Gnuzeen
      • | Jun 27, 2016

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 »

  • Dunst Opening

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    The Dunst Opening is a chess opening where White opens with the move: 1. Nc3This fairly uncommon opening may have more names than any other: it is also called the Heinrichsen Opening, Baltic Opening, van Geet's Opening, Sleipnir Opening,... 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 »

  • A00 to E99

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    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »

  • 1935 in chess

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    In 1935, the magazine CHESS was founded by B.H. Wood in Sutton Coldfield. In January 1935, Isaac Kashdan and A. Kupchik tied for 1st in the Manhattan Chess Club championship.  After dividing the prize money, they played one game to decide the Cl... Read More »