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  • The Tactical Detector

    Tactics. After thousands of books written on this concept, after the development of several excellent tactical training tools (such as's own Tactics Trainer), after the release of countless free engines that serve as paragons of tactical... | Read More

  • Kasparov's Mysterious Move

    The already famous game So vs Kasparov played in the Ultimate Blitz Challenge is both fascinating and puzzling. Not only did GM Wesley So produce a game of unbelievable beauty, he did it against the arguably strongest chess player in the... | Read More

  • A Rare And Brutal Rook Configuration

    Once in a while, a game grabs my attention due to some amazing positional concept or, less often (I say “less often” since most tactics are rather repetitive), due to a really interesting tactical battle. Usually you’ll see these... | Read More

  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • The Deadliest Chess Pattern

    There are many patterns in chess which you should know if you want to become strong. I have discussed many of them in this column through the years. Today, I'll talk about the deadliest chess pattern, the one that usually ... | Read More

    • My thoughts about chess #1 - Dogmatism in chess

      In Episode #0 of this series, I told you about something that changed my mind about chess. Now I will give you the details about it. Most of you might know the so called opening principles, and I think everybody who wants to become successful in ... | Read More

    • How much to study openings as a beginner? (Hangin' with Mr. Lopez)

      I have seen many people on the internet claim that beginners should not bother to study openings. That to study the opening is a waste of time and beginners should focus on tactics, tactics, tactics. They say we should just follow the basic openin... | Read More

    • Accelerated Dragon Reflection Part 3: Dark Complexities

      In Part 3, I will discuss one strategy where black can strike back if white is not careful, and why I abandoned the Accelerated Dragon for another opening. This strategy for Black revolves around the Marozy Bind and the Bc4-b3 line. The concept ... | Read More

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    • Trapping White Queen on h5

      Many blitz matches begin by this move where white will take out its queen all the way to h5 square threatening to checkmate in 3 moves. The usual response by black to scare away the queen is g6. This is a big mistake. The white queen then captur... | Read More

    • My Most Successful Game

      Hello everyone. This is a game that I played, with lots of Excellent moves, and no Blunders.   This is it.   Lukachess21   | Read More

Video Lessons


  • En Passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may ... 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 »

  • Why you should almost never advance the soldier on f7!

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    You know in chess, your entire army works as a team!! But sometimes  a piece rebels against the king. They are out to cause trouble! Either that or they made the wrong move at the wrong time! In this case the f7 pawn made the same mistake! Or the... Read More »

  • You never know when you will face these very unusual and usual places

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    There are many positions in chess! There are three phases of the game-Beginning-middlegame-and Endgame! We will focus mainly on the Endgame today!!  This Endgame is simple.  It is focusing on the King and pawn versus king. This position is won-... Read More »