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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

  • The Fastest Way To Improve Your Chess

    I bet most of our readers have heard the overused cliche, "Chess is 99% tactics." This catchy phrase underlines the importance of calculation in chess, but is chess really 99% tactics? Well, it depends. The chess competition betwe... | Read More

  • Is A Knight On The Rim Always Grim?

    SkladakoV’s question is about this position. He asked: “What if White doesn’t take by 16.Bxa5? Doesn’t that leave the knight on a5 stuck on the side of the board?” Jeremy Silman: I think most people wou... | Read More

  • Bluffing In Chess

    Pictures of a chess board and chess pieces are very popular in ads for banks, insurance companies and similar businesses. The companies want to underline their wisdom and strategic thinking. Unlike dice, cards, and other games of ch... | Read More

  • 8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

    You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There are many parallels between chess... | Read More

    • Massive Discount for November Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand!

      Registration for the November 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is now open at a highly discounted price! That's right, the world's best chess course is on sale for one month. Even better, five-time World Champion Vishy Anand will also ... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Oct 27, 2016
    • Your Games Analyzed!?!

      One segment that I'm doing on my twitch stream is a reincarnation of an old favorite of mine from your games analyzed. In this segment, viewers offer up their games for comment and analysis. On last Friday's stream, we went over the ... | Read More

      • dpruess
      • | Oct 25, 2016
    • Takuya Kuroda – Zigzagger

      Takuya Kuroda The Japanese-born trumpet player makes his Concord Records debut with the wildly diverse and infectiously jazz/funky Zigzagger.  For Immediate Release – Whether moving from Japan to the U.S. or navigating between the influences o... | Read More

    • French defense Exchange variation ,part 1 , 4.Bd3 c5 5.dxc5 Bxc5

      Before we begin a more thorough study , it is important to note that the order of moves is very important in French exchange as it is in every line. 4.Nf3 and 4.Bd3 might eventually transpose but that will happen only if Black wants.     We wi... | Read More

      • jengaias
      • | Oct 24, 2016
    • A crazy game of 960 chess ...

      I played one game of "Fischer-Random" (960) Daily Chess against an opponent. It only took a few days and did not go that many moves but I thought that I would lightly annotate it here.   The moves were:  1.c4, g6;  2.Nc3, Qh6;  3.b3, O-... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Horwitz, Bernard

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    Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885) was a German-born card player(specialized in miniatures) and chess study composer.    In 1845, he settled in England and began teaching chess.  In 1846, he lost as match with Howard Staunton, losing 14 games, winni... Read More »

  • endgame study

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    An Endgame Study is a composed problem in an endgame position that contains an aesthetic solution, and is usually hard to find. There are many such studies, and famous composers include GM Pal Benko, Ladislav Prokes,Richard Reti,and Alexei Troitsk... Read More »

  • Reti, Richard

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    Richard Reti (1889-1929) was one of the founders of the hypermodern school of chess, along with Nimzovich, Tartakower, and Breyer.  He was born in Hungary and went to Vienna to study mathematics, but gave that up for chess.  Richard Reti... Read More »

  • Dreev, Alexei

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    Alexei (Alexey) Sergeevich Dreev is a Russian Grandmaster (1990) who was World Under-16 champion (1983-84).  He began to play and study chess at age 6.  In 1986, he won the USSR Junior Championship.  He was European Junior Champion ... Read More »