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  • Nerves, Endurance, And Love Of The Game

    Nerves MagicLian asked: “I am 11 years old (rated 1416) and get very nervous at tournaments. How can I get over it?” JS: Believe it or not, this is the first time anyone has asked this! I really enjoy new or rarely-asked questions!... | Read More

  • Amateur vs. World Champion

    Once upon a time, Alexander Roshal, who was the chief editor of the famous Soviet weekly "64," called Mikhail Tal and asked for some original material for his publication. Tal answered that he would be happy to help his old friend and told ... | Read More

  • Can Anyone Be An IM Or GM?

    BeekeeperBob wrote: “I am a 19 year old who has been toying with the idea of making chess a career for me (either playing professionally or teaching chess). Unfortunately, I currently have no official ranking. So before I go spending the m... | Read More

  • Bughouse Chess Tips For Beginners

    Tired of playing chess alone?! Bughouse is for you! Tired of not having someone to talk to about your decisions on the board (at least not legally)? Bughouse is for you! Tired of not having someone else (your teammate) to blame for your loses... | Read More

  • The 8 Worst Excuses For Losing A Chess Game

    If you're going to play chess, you have to accept that losing is part of the game. While a chess game might be theoretically drawn with perfect play, even today's best players (humans and engines alike) lose games regularly. The best way to ha... | Read More

    • - Policy of Double Standards

      I really enjoy chess. I think the overall design of is brilliant. I have watched this site for a long time.  But the machine is as only as good as it's operator. While I see certain Moderators helping others, I have also seen misuse of ... | Read More

      • Dazzlement
      • | Oct 26, 2016
    • Offline Coaching Offer

      Hi chess friends! I want to inform you about my new coaching proposal, to help the people that are very busy at work that have problems to do live sessions. I offer a very interesting offline coaching program, how does it work? 1) I will see al... | Read More

    • 20 Years Later, Humans Still No Match For Computers On The Chessboard

      Next month, there's a world chess championship match in New York City, and the two competitors, the assembled grandmasters, the budding chess prodigies, the older chess fans — everyone paying attention — will know this indisputable fact: A com... | Read More

      • Aarao
      • | Oct 25, 2016
    • A.J. (FLchessplayer) looks at chess traps ... ... ...

      In this blog, I will examine a few chess traps ... and what makes them work. OK? (Look for the free PDF book by Bill Wall! See the Google search link - above.) And be sure to visit my main web site, I have two pages devoted to traps. (First pa... | Read More

    • Welcome to the chess world!

      Let's Play Chess!! | 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 »

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • Divinsky, Nathan

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    Nathan Divinksy (1925-2012) was a Canadian chess master and played in several Canadian chess Olympiads.  He served as assistant dean of science at the University of British Columbia.  His former wife (1972-1983), Kim Campbell, was the 19th P... 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 »