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  • 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

  • Who Loved These Knight Moves?

    When we analyzed "An Opening Line For Masters" last week, I chose GM Igor Zaitsev as our opening guide for a reason. It is difficult to name another chess player who introduced that many absolutely paradoxical opening novelties. Today ... | Read More

  • Opening Questions And A Dream Mate

    Openings That Lead to a Draw Question: member jos2001 wrote, “I’m a 1076-ranked player who wants to know the best openings to draw.” Answer: Though various openings are known to be drawish at the master level (and u... | Read More

  • An Opening Line For Club Players

    There are certain opening variations in chess which can be labeled "for top players only." The most obvious example would be the Berlin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. But club players shouldn't be jealous since there are also opening variations "fo... | 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

    • Wei Yi vs Anish Giri - 2016 Bilbao Masters Final

      This is a Round 6 game between 17-year supertalent Wei Yi of China, and the Netherlands #1 Anish Giri from the 2016 Bilbao Masters Final. It's a Berlin Ruy Lopez with Wei Yi throwing a bit of a curve ball on move 4. Instead of his usual d3 reply t... | Read More

    • Chess Informant 128 Far Cry

      We dare to believe that Chess Informant 128 is simply in a league of its own, without peer. Quite simply a far cry ahead of everything else in the chess market. DON'T MESS WITH KARJAKIN! Now imagine that the play of world title challenger is p... | Read More

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      • | Jul 19, 2016
    • Wei Yi vs Magnus Carlsen - 2016 Bilbao Masters Final

      This is a Round 2 game between 17-year old phenom Wei Yi of China, and the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway from the 2016 Bilbao Masters Final. This is their 2nd classical encounter where Wei Yi once again has the white pieces... | Read More

    • Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2016

      Two days ago the annual Sparkassen Chess Meeting started. Probably you have seen some of the interesting games just as the exciting fight between Caruana and Vachier-Lagrave in round one. Besides the grandmaster tournament there is an open tourna... | Read More

      • Adrochatio
      • | Jul 11, 2016
    • Road to Master: Assembling the Repertoire

      Road to Master: Creating an Opening Repertoire As with many amateur players, I have always aspired to become a master, at least at the national level. As a child, I had some talent for the game but got dragged away from chess by other interests l... | 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 »

  • Adams, Michael

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    Michael Adams was born on Nov 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, England.  He learned chess from his father at the age of 6. In November 1979, he played in his first chess tournament, the Cornwall Under-10 Championship, and won it.  In 1980, Adams... 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 »

  • Word Gambit

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    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... Read More »

  • Sarratt, Jacob Henry

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    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1821) was a chess player and author.   He was a London schoolmaster and the first professional to teach in England.  He was the house professional at the Salopian coffee house in London who played for a guinea per game... Read More »