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  • 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

  • Botvinnik And The Winawer

    After World War Two, the chess world (and the world in general) was abruptly changed. It is very clear that a demarcation line can be placed at 1945 between the old classical chess and modern chess. There were many changes in the chess world aro... | Read More


    • Chess Endgame Strategy: Active Rooks & Faster Pawns!

      Readers of this blog will know how much I emphasise attacking chess and being aggressive in  your chess playing style, so some might find it surprising that in this article I highly recommend a deep study of chess endgame strategy. Throughout ... | Read More

    • Special Leap Event

      Signups are now open for our special 2-week Leap Event to begin on Monday, February 22. There's an extra day this year and an extra week before our March tournaments begin. So we are taking advantage by hosting a special 2-week Leap Event. Here's ... | Read More

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      • | Feb 10, 2016
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    • Prodigy Program - February 2016 Registration Open

      Registration for the February 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is now open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  3:00 PM PST on February 12th, 2016. Sign up and join Chess.com University's flagship chess... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Feb 9, 2016
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    • Sicilian Defense -Dragon Variation

      Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation[edit] 5...g6 introduces the famous "Dragon" variation of the Sicilian defence. While the general themes are easy to understand, the Dragon is a very sharp line with immense amounts of established theory. Against ... | Read More

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      • | Feb 6, 2016
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    • 960 - fad or only possible future?

      I used to agree with GM Serper that Chess 960 (aka Fischer Random) was an overreaction and the best way to love our game was to study it more and deeper in its classical form.  Sure, I played 960 now and then out of curiosity, but I didn't really... | Read More

      • pontytail
      • | Feb 2, 2016
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  • I dare you to- SAC YOUR QUEENIE

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    Oh she's the most valuable piece alright!  That's what makes her so promising!  When you give up your queen (I don't reccomend it unless your playing me) You never know if it's a trap.  Leg'as mate was played by tow guys a little while back.  ... Read More »

  • King's Indian Defense

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    King's Indian Defense belongs to the Indian Defense family of openings and is characterised by the early fianchetoeing of the black dark-squared bishop on g7. It is a sharp opening and it has always been a very popular choice for black ever ... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence

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      The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed.Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking cont... Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... 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 »