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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

  • Picking The Correct Opening Repertoire

    Picking the correct opening repertoire is one of the most important decisions that a chess player makes. There is no point starting the game with a series of moves that will lead you into a situation that you find unc... | Read More

  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

    The Chess.com member Olaspecial wrote: “I am keen to become Nigeria’s next titled player (I hope this makes you smile) and I believe you can help me get there. I am diligent and I have been working hard at developing my opening repe... | Read More

  • Opening Failures And How to Avoid Them

    The Chess.com member yoavb2 said: “I read your ‘How to Reassess Your Chess 4th’ but fail in the opening, which makes me start with a disadvantage. How can I fix it?” ANSWER:  I looked at several of your games (whil... | Read More

  • Why Chess Players Blunder (Part 2)

    Part 1 of our previous instalment offered a theoretical framework for blunders. This second part suggests a way to combat impulsiveness and blunder-tendencies. Chess players are often encouraged to read chess books and watch DVDsto improvetheir ... | Read More


    • Secrets of Online Speed Chess #1

      Hi all, My name is Shrayan Majumder, I am an expert level chess player from Mumbai, India.  I consider myself to be especially good at online chess and speed chess.  I have been playing online speed chess for most of my career and this series i... | Read More

      • Chunique
      • | Sep 16, 2016
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    • Libros de ajedrez

      Hola amigos/as, En esta entrada voy a presentar una selección de algunos libros de ajedrez que realmente me han ayudado mucho en mi progreso.En próximas entradas hablaré sobre otros,posiblemente será una selección más variada.Antes de nada,... | Read More

      • P4Keen
      • | Sep 1, 2016
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    • A little background before starting to babble about chess

      Hi to everyone (or, most propably, no one) who will ever read my blog, i am Francesco form Italy. I would like to use this bloggin feature nicely offered by chess.com to write a bit about my approach to chess as an amateur, my progress, the views... | Read More

      • BSSN-OK
      • | Aug 29, 2016
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    • Study plan and goals

      My closest goal is participation and good results in Cracovia, 2016. As a good result I would consider any place from 1st to 10th in the tournament C. Last year I didn't show up for the last game. If it wasn't for that and had I won that game I wo... | Read More

    • 5 Easy Steps To Building An Opening Repertoire

      So you are a pretty solid club player, rated in the high B or the low A range (about 1750-1850). You have followed the advice of many top coaches and have concentrated on the more important stages of the game, but now you are finding that you cann... | Read More




  • 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 »