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  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | Read More

  • Dynamic Chess With GM Khachiyan

    What is dynamic chess? You'll find out here as GM Melik Khachiyan teaches you to compound your advantages and really put pressure on opponents. There's nothing like learning from in-game examples. Watch a great teacher break down dynamic chess fro... | Read More

  • Becoming An Expert

    If you're reading this, chances are you've been trying to crack the rating threshold to finally claim the "expert" title. This series is designed to help you do just that. Learn from one of chess' most accomplished coaches what it takes to re... | Read More

  • Beating Your Nemesis

    Rivalaries are often born through circumstances that extend beyond the game. An intense, winner-take-all game, a misplayed Smith-Mora, a Twitter battle, or even a swift kick to your shin under the table — All might be enough to point yo... | Read More

  • Spotting And Avoiding Tactics

    There are basically three ways a tactic can occur, both for and against you: The opponent makes a threat for a tactic (or a check or capture), which either can't be met, or can be, but is missed. There is no existing threat of a tactic, bu... | Read More

    • Unusual Motifs in The Kan

      This post in the Kan series will cover less common ideas that are occasionally employed in games. First game: Introduces h5 idea for Black, white quickly errors and black takes advantage. Second game: A Quick f5-g4 flank attack by white and a ... | Read More

      • yian123
      • | Oct 24, 2016
    • French defense Exchange variation , Introduction

      Anyone that had the luck to be in a chess club must have heard more than  once the following quote: "I don't play French because exchange variation is drawish." It is true that Exchage variation is the nightmare of every French defense club pla... | Read More

      • jengaias
      • | Oct 22, 2016
    • Players in Their Favorite Openings #1 Kramnik 1. Nf3

      One of Kramnik's favorite openings is 1. Nf3. I just found 2 games of his that I thought were pretty good and lightly annotated them. Here is the first game, Kramnik completely outplays Karpov in a Nimzo-Indian like position. Some think this is o... | Read More

    • Chess is (sort of) Fun Opening Series #1: The English

      The English Opening is one of the most popular lines at the top level. Top players are playing this a lot to avoid the Najdorf and the Grunfeld, both of which are doing well for Black lately. Today I am going to show a few games in 1. c4 c5. Gam... | Read More

    • New/Old Resources Against the Richter-Rauzer

      It's no secret that the reason the Classical Sicilian isn't as popular is because of the potency of the Richter-Rauzer Attack (6. Bg5, pictured above). In fact, a recent Quality Chess publication by GM Parimarjan Negi in 1.e4 vs The Sicilian 1+2 u... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Adams, Weaver

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    Weaver Warren Adams (1901-1963) was born on April 28, 1901 in Dedham, Massachusetts.  His parents were Frank H. Adams (salesman for Bellantine Breweries and Ceresota Flour) and Ethel Weaver Adams.  His mother’s side has been traced back to t... Read More »

  • Najdorf, Miguel

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    Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) was a Polish-born player who stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of World War II and became a naturalized citizen of Argentina five years later.  Najdorf escaped the Holocaust, but he lost his wife, child, parents an... Read More »

  • Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

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    The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 whe... 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 »

  • Bernstein, Ossip

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    Ossip Samoilovich Bernstein (1882-1962) was a Ukrainian-born chess player born in a wealthy Jewish family.   He was born on September 20, 1882 in Zhitomir, Russian Empire (now Ukraine). In 1901, he took up chess at the age of 19, while studying... Read More »