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  • 8 Reasons To Watch The Blitz Battle Qualifier

    The Blitz Battle Qualifier is almost upon us. Round one of this 11 round 3 0 swiss tournament starts Tuesday, May 31st at 10am PT. Here's just a few of the many reasons you should be watching. 1. The winner plays Magnus Carlsen The&n... | Read More

  • Siamese Chess

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    The chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor is enormous. There is an opening named after him (1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6) and three endgame positions all called "the Philidor Position"! The Philidor position in rook endgames is o... | Read More

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    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

  • Cuba

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    • Chess:A History

      The history of chess can be traced back nearly 1500 years, although the earliest origins are uncertain. The earliest predecessor of the game probably originated in India, before the 6th century AD; a minority of historians believe the game or... | Read More

      • dasdebayan
      • | May 30, 2016
    • Crushing Queen Pawn Openings

      Hey guys! This week I had another awesome YouTube webinar, this time on how to crush all those solid, positional 1.d4 players! If you want to follow the lecture attentively, you should maximize the broadcast window by clicking at the lecture ti... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | May 21, 2016
    • Notebook of My Mistakes

      Extract from "Trainer's Common Mistakes" by Adrian Mikhalchishin "Thus when a pupil analyzes his own games, he not only tries to understand the position properly, he tries to see new possibilities which he did not consider during the game and era... | Read More

    • Queens Gambit Accepted

      Queen’s Gambit Accepted Open Variations All third moves except 3 Nf3 (D20) 1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 The normal move for white is 3 Nf3, preventing ...e7-e5. Against other moves - moves that don’t prevent ...e5, we will play it immediately.... | Read More

      • sachin951
      • | May 20, 2016
    • Dipping My Toe into the Slav

      There comes a point when you're trying to learn new systems, ultimately you have to play them. In branching away from the King's Indian as Black, I've delved into Slav style structures and am finding through experience the necessity to seek active... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Saragossa Opening

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    The Saragossa Opening (or Hempel's Opening) is a chess opening defined by the opening move: 1. c3Since White usually plays more aggressively in the opening, the Saragossa is considered an irregular opening, classified as A00 by theEncyclop... Read More »

  • The English Opening

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    This Chess opening involves the first move c4, (called The English Opening because a group of English players in around the 1890's often played it, including Howard Staunton), it is played as one of the main opening choices for white- an alternati... Read More »

  • A00 to E99

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    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 »

  • Queen's Gambit

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    The Queen's Gambit is the starting position of many respectable chess opening such as the Queen's Gambit Accepted, the Queen's Gambit Declined and the Slav Defence. Black in most cases prefers not to capture the pawn as he cannot keep it without ... Read More »

  • Semi-Slav Defense

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      The Semi-Slav Defense is a variation of the Queen's Gambit chess opening, defined by the position reached after 1. d4 d52. c4 e63. Nc3 Nf64. Nf3 c6,though the position may readily be reached by a number of different move-orders. T... Read More »