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  • 3 Ways To Review Your Openings

    Every chess game begins with an opening, which means that when reviewing your own games, it's important to analyze what happened in the first few moves. Here are three ways to improve your openings: Evaluate the outcome of the opening. Did you... | Read More

  • An Opening Line For Club Players

    There are certain opening variations in chess which can be labeled "for top players only." The most obvious example would be the Berlin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. But club players shouldn't be jealous since there are also opening variations "fo... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen And The Nimzo-Indian Defense

    For our final article of this series on the world champions and their contributions to opening theory, we focus on the current champion, Magnus Carlsen. As many of you have commented on the earlier articles, it is difficult to link Carlsen with a ... | Read More

  • Bobby Fischer And The King's Indian Defense

    After Boris Spassky came the most famous chess player ever: Bobby Fischer. Fischer was the world champion with the most limited and consistent opening repertoire. Indeed, Fischer had an attitude that there must be one correct way of playing in e... | Read More

  • Who Will Beat Magnus Carlsen?

    If you follow my weekly column, then you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Magnus Carlsen. I like his chess style, his general attitude to play till the very end and his notorious disregard of the opening theory. I grew up at the height... | Read More

    • Two games and a few things to learn

      A little backstory on this first game.  My opponent and I last met at the USATE in 2008.  I played the black side of a QGD Exchange and lost a well-fought contest.  That game ended up in chess column in the Newark NJ Star Ledger, and my opponen... | Read More

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      • | Jul 11, 2016
    • How I gained 400 USCF rating points in 1 year

      As a class D player about 2 years ago, I discovered that I had a passion for chess. I truly enjoyed the game and spent at least an hour every day playing blitz on the internet. Naturally, I wanted to get better. However, improvement came slowly. I... | Read More

    • Italian for Black , Part 4 , Korchnoi's system

      In this part we will see how, one of the greatest players of all times, plays the Dark(and the Light) side of Italian.     In all 4 games you see the same "system".Black plays a quick a6, Bc5 retreats to a7 (or exchanges  on e3), ...h6... | Read More

      • jengaias
      • | Jun 19, 2016
    • Italian for Black , Part 1

      Italian is certainly one of the oldest openings. First mentioned in the Gottinsgen manuscript, it is an opening developed  by  Damiano , Polerio and Greco. Italian might be one of the most easy openings for beginners. Why? Let's see a typic... | Read More

      • jengaias
      • | Jun 11, 2016
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    • Book Review: An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player

      Book Review:   An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player, by Eduard Gufeld, 1996.   When I first started playing chess (over the board games), for a local chess club — I had no idea about openings and would often lose many games be... | 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 »

  • Albins counter (ACG) {D&A}

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    Hi friends , Welcome to my new lesson on chessopedia that is Albins Counter Gambit .This lesson will cover both Declined and Accepted method .Please read and solve carefully to abolish your Gambit skills . The Albin Countergambit is a chess op... 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 »