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  • A Quiet Game in Germantown in 1762

         The January 1962 issue of "Chess Review" featured an article written by John Frederick Harbeson.  The article was a reprint of one that had appeared in "The Germantowne Crier."  The author was a prominent Philade... | Read More

  • GM Blitz Battle Championship: Rules And Format

    Below are the official rules and format of's Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship Series. For the full list of players in the 2016 GM Battle Championship, click here. By accepting the invitation to play, players acknowledge they have ... | Read More

  • Castling Early And Piece Coordination

    Should You Castle Early? Question: member scmooney asked, “You stress castling early. In my experience I find that sometimes castling takes the king right into an ambush. In your lecture on attacking a castled king, Black’s... | Read More

  • Can You Win Our Fake Chess Celebrity Contest?

    Many celebrities enjoy playing chess. Howard Stern, the famous radio host, is a confirmed chess fanatic. Rainn Wilson, the actor who played Dwight Shrute on the long-running NBC series The Office, got the chance to play the world chess ch... | Read More

  • Capt. Bertin's Gambit

         The Cunningham Defense in the King's Gambit Accepted begins 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7.  White moves the Bishop to give his King a place to go with 4. Bc4.  If Black continues with the threatened 4... Bh4+ ... | 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

      • SirIvanhoe
      • | Feb 10, 2016
    • Greville vs Harrwitz. Beware of attacking while poor developed as it backfires

      Don't spend too much time on attacks while your opponent has the better position. He may easily find a defence and at the end your position is in shambles. In this case White started an attack with no piece developed (okay, the Queen is somewhere... | Read More

    • Playing with an Isolated Pawn

      Many up and coming players who learn the game of chess learn effectively how to play against isolated pawns. They learn things such as to blockade the pawn with their knight, and to pile up their rooks on the weak pawn, until the pawn collapses fr... | Read More

    • Miles - Nunn 1970. Learn the Danish Gambit/ Göring Gambit by having a good look at master games

      three personal rules of thumbs and one of Cor van Wijgerden, co-developer of the Steps Method, may be best system on learning and improving chess don't spend too much time on discussing on positions resulting after just a few move. they are too m... | Read More

    • WL HQ

      Just some thoughts after seeing a quite constant fuss within WL HQ. Team admins are changing from time to time. The change doesn't imply a transfer of responsibilities, so the new admins might not know everything by heart: rules, location of topi... | Read More

      • DorinN69
      • | Feb 8, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Chess

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    Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. Chess is played by millions of people worldwide in homes, urban parks, clubs, online, correspondence, and in... Read More »

  • How to teach your child how to play chess

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    If you have a child and you want to teach him/her how to play chess first get him/her intrested in the game. If he/she doesn't want to play don't make him/her. (I"ll say her because I'me a girl).  What you want to do is if she decided to play fir... Read More »

  • Castling

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    Castling is the only time in the game when more than one piece may be moved during a turn.  Castling can only occur if there are no pieces standing between the king and the rook.  Neither king nor rook may have moved from its original position.... Read More »

  • Chess960

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    Chess960 (Fischer random) is a chess variant created by Bobby Fischer where the pieces on the back rank are randomized, there are 960 possible starting possitions, hence the name Chess960 As you can see the pawns a still on rank 2/7 but the piece... Read More »

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »