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  • Nakamura vs Harikrishna: 1 Million Scovilles Of Chess On May 4

    GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Pentala Harikrishna are set to face off May 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in the second GM Blitz Battles Match. You may want to bring a cold glass of milk. "Naka" and "Hari" together make an incredibly spicy combo. The "nag... | Read More

  • How Past Masters Can Help Your Game

    I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate on tactics and strategy). To add a... | Read More

  • The Pirc Defense

    The Pirc Defense is still relatively unexplored for a major opening system. Both White and Black may avail themselves of many different approaches to the opening, and we have two outstanding grandmasters here to provide you with ideas on both side... | Read More

  • Lighting The Pirc Defense On Fire

    The Pirc Defense is certainly one of the most provocative openings. Black fianchettos his king bishop instead of immediately challenging in the center. White therefore has a variety of fierce attacking methods. Of these, the fiercest is the Austri... | Read More

  • The Modern Defense: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.  Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More

    • KarptyPL -Loty, obrona Pirca

      I had no chance in this game. Congratulations. To pierwszy testowy wpis na blogu. Zobaczymy jak to działa w praktyce. | Read More

      • KarpatyPL
      • | May 16, 2016
    • New Understandings of Chess

      I graduate from college in one week but my study schedule for chess is growing larger.  I have been very pleased with the progress I've made this year.  I have finally reached a rapid rating of 1600, and my blitz rating is on the rise at 1500. ... | Read More

      • dillarse
      • | May 7, 2016
    • The Sniper

      A few weeks ago, after the last tournament I played in, I wanted to find a decent opening solution for black, as in 5 rounds of play I played 3 French Exchanges as Black.  I just wanted to try something new, that sort of incorporated a good chunk... | Read More

      • jminkler
      • | May 7, 2016
    • Chigorin Defense (Two Knights Defense) (C59) in the Italian Game

      In the last few years, the elite players have been using more and more the Italian Game, namely 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4. In most of the games I have seen, black replies 3...Bc5, and we have seen many games in which White goes for a d3 system, whi... | Read More

    • 2016 PCC Golden Triangle Open

      Secret: if your local club makes some big changes to tournaments, many things may not turn out exactly right. It looks like the Pittsburgh Chess Club is moving toward faster time controls so people don't need to spend as much time playing. This ... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • East Indian Defence

    • 10 Reads
    • | 10 Reads

    The East Indian Defence is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. Nf3 g6[1] This opening has a close kinship to the more-common King's Indian Defence and is often considered a variant thereof. The difference is that Whi... Read More »

  • Robatsch Defence

    • 17 Reads
    • | 17 Reads

    In the Robatsch Defense, named after Karl Robatsch, also known as the Modern Defense, Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns on d4 and e4. Black's hope is to attack and undermine White's "ideal" position without directly attempting to... Read More »

  • A00 to E99

    • 7 Reads
    • | 7 Reads

    This is a list of chess openings, organised by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) code. In 1966, Chess Informant categorised the chess openings into five broad areas ("A" through "E"), with each of those broken down into one hundred subcate... Read More »

  • Modern Defence

    • 1 Read
    • | 1 Read

      In the Modern Defense, also known as the Robatsch Defense, after Karl Robatsch, Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns on d4 and e4. Black's hope is to attack and undermine White's "ideal" position without directly attempting to... Read More »

  • e4

    • 2 Reads
    • | 2 Reads

    e4 is played by White to develop his pieces rapidly and castle. e4 is a good move for beginners! You learn to develop quickly and to attack, since it opens up the Queen and Bishop. If met by e5, you have what's called an "open game." Then the most... Read More »