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  • The Time-Trouble Blues

    EscapePlan69 asked: “I get into time trouble in most of my games while my opponents always have plenty of time left. How can I improve my time management? My tournament games are one hour and 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move.” J... | Read More

  • How To Think Critically In Chess

    Chess is a thinking game. Thought processes and time management are intertwined and are two of the most important skills. I break down time management into two sub-skills: Macro Time Management: The ability to use almost all of your time eve... | Read More

  • 7 Bullet Chess Tips By Hikaru Nakamura

    Editor’s note: Hikaru Nakamura is widely considered the best speed chess player in history. A vote by titled players confirmed this last year. Nakamura will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the three-hour GM Blitz Ba... | Read More

  • 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

  • 8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

    You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There are many parallels between chess... | Read More

    • The Greek Gift

      Hello everybody                                                                                                                                     Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes....... | Read More

      • doctorpsb
      • | Oct 21, 2016
    • Board 5, Wigston 1 v Wigston 2, 13/10/16

      All moves in 75 minutesm with 10s increment from the start. I always manage to mess up the opening when I play Nik, but then recover.  This is the first time I have not beaten him in a classical game.  I simply lost my way in the opening. Aft... | Read More

    • 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

    • Another L

      The Jays and I were both handed a tough loss last night (ha). Some of my bad play might have been related to listening to the ballgame through headphones as I played - but it does just come down to some poorly considered moves. After e4 e5 I usua... | Read More

      • scsiduck
      • | Oct 18, 2016
    • 2 Lessons To Learn From Vladimir Kramnik(Preparation for Telangana state under-15 preparation)

      Hi telengana state under-15 chess players,  My name is tarun I am member of superkidschess academy( my rating is 1819 and I am a professnional chess player.I am interested to teach my chess skills to Telangana under15 ... | Read More

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 »

  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »

  • Mark's Opening

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    Mark's Opening is a chess opening characterized by the moves 1   d4  Nf6 2 Nc3   d5 3 Bf4   This position can also be reached by transposition (the move order isn't important). The advantages of the opening include fast piece develo... Read More »

  • The Four Knights Opening

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    The Four Knights is one of the most popular openings in the world. It has been used millions of times by amateurs and grandmasters alike. The Four Knights opening is fairly simple, starting with 1. e4 e5, then bringing the four knights out onto th... Read More »

  • 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 »