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  • USA—USSR

         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • Fighting For Initiative

    Seizing the initiative is not something that just happen. There's a strategy to gaining the initiative. However, the importance of playing aggressively doesn't justify reckless abandon. In this series, learn how to properly fight for the init... | Read More

  • The Death Of The Berlin Defense

    "You might not be able to fight like a samurai, but you can at least die like a samurai." -- Kill Bill, Vol. 1.  The Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez is a very peculiar opening. Spectators hate it, most chess players hate it (coun... | Read More

  • The Anti-Sicilian Without A Name

    Among the less-trodden paths White can follow against the Sicilian Defense is the system with the seemingly paradoxical combination of Nc3 and Bb5. To my knowledge, this variation, unlike most of the other anti-Sicilians, has no name.... | Read More

  • How To Play A Counterblow

    The ability to recover after a tactical oversight is a difficult skill to master. Indeed, the temptation to panic after blundering an ostensibly crushing sacrifice or combination is overwhelming. It is the mark of a strong, experienced player to r... | Read More


    • 3rd Place in the State Championships

      "Fortune," if we are to believe the Latin proverb, "favors those who are brave enough not to resign, for they shall find a cheapo." And this pretty much sums up my recent games against higher-rated players. In the Green Bay Open in July, I found ... | Read More

      • Blougram
      • | Aug 22, 2016
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    • Training Routine

      July 2015 is when I started training harder to improve my chess. I search the internet, buy books, download apps and programs, and played a lot of chess. I also acquired 4 sets of boards already because I am a little picky about the piece design, ... | Read More

      • Alvin_Cruz
      • | Aug 18, 2016
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    • Chess Postmortem #4: London System

      I looked back at some of my recent games to decide on an instructive post. I learned a lot from two of my draws and couldn't decide which to choose to blog about. I've decided to take a look at both these games in depth.First up, is a game as blac... | Read More

      • tnan123
      • | Aug 16, 2016
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    • Smothered!!

        Hi everyone, As we all know there are several named checkmate patterns like boden's mate, anastasia's mate, arabian mate etc. But alas in day to day chess, we hardly encounter any of them .In professional chess games hardly reach to the point ... | Read More

      • doctorpsb
      • | Aug 7, 2016
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    • Special Guest Paul Swaney for Chess^Summit

      It's been a while since I've linked a Chess^Summit post to chess.com due to some diagram issues, but this morning we had a nice post from multiple time Virginia Coach of the Year Paul Swaney that I wanted to share. To see the original post, you ca... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Sacrifices

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    A great example by Nakumura Proving why he is in the top ten. Now Lets take an example from Viswanathan Anand. Two neat examples of fine players in the top ten. Always look out for interesting continuations/ possibilities. Do you have any games ... Read More »