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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

  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Tal vs. Botvinnik

    Mikhail Botvinnik had regained the world championship in 1958, but soon after the chess world's attention was captured by the rapid ascent of a young player with an unusually sharp and creative style: the Latvian Mikhail Tal.  Frequently ma... | Read More

  • The Bill Gates Variation

    How many of you could get a winning position against Magnus Carlsen after just eight moves of play? How many chess players in the world could do it? I know one of them, and his name is Bill Gates! Image: NRK/YouTube Not only did he achiev... | Read More

  • The Velimirovic's Guide to the Modern Benoni, Part Two

    Today we'll continue learning typical ideas of the Modern Benoni using Velimirovic's games. But first, I would like to address the concern of one of our readers who, in his comments, expressed disappointment that none of Velimirovic's opponents pl... | Read More


    • Contender Series 17

      Chess.com Online August 1, 2016  Match-Up Analysis     VS   X_PLAYER_J_X                                    I_Am_Adweith     Players Chess Knowledge High                                  ... | Read More

    • The Benoni( Modern)

      Howdy everyone! Today I will be talking about the modern benoni.It's for use against 1.d4, and then Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6. I really like this opening, but i like another variation of it the best. 1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3.Nc3? maybe 3... c5. You should ... | Read More

    • Donated Points

      It is now nearly a week ago that I finished a regional tournament. The slogan of the competition was "all or nothing". Only the winner earns prize money. The other players came away empty-handed. At the beginning, the participant's list was split ... | Read More

      • Adrochatio
      • | May 22, 2016
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    • Benoni Boomerangs

      Years ago I was a local amateur Modern Benoni specialist. I read all books and magazines about it I could get, and analysing positions with a fellow chessclub member. My Benoni hero at that time was IM (later GM) David Norwood. I had a little boo... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 29, 2016
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    • Classical Chess

      The topic "what openings should I choose as a developing player?" pops up so regularly in the forums you could actually tune your watch by it. With the same redundance you will find answers of certain types: Don't memorize openings, just go by t... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Mar 20, 2016
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      • | 2 comments

Video Lessons



  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Shogi

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    Shogi is the Japanese form of Chess. It has been evolving in a different direction as international Chess for more than 1000 years, however, and its history contains many Shogi variants, some even still played today. Modern Shogi is played on a 9x... Read More »

  • Modern Benoni

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    The Modern Benoni is a chess opening that begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. It is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns... Read More »

  • Queens Pawn Game

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    In the most general sense the term Queen's Pawn Game can refer to any chess opening which starts with the move 1.d4. It is the second most popular opening move after 1.e4. The name is usually used to describe openings beginning with 1.d4 wher... Read More »

  • Bird's Opening

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    Bird's Opening (or the Dutch Attack) is a chess opening characterised by the move: 1. f4Bird's is a standard but never popular flank opening. White's strategic ideas involve control of the e5-square without occupying it, but his first move ... Read More »