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  • Old Age, Great Chess!

    After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi... | Read More

  • Vladimir Kramnik And The Berlin Defense

    Before the 2000 world championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov, the latter had been champion since long before I started playing chess. Kasparov dominated the chess world and seemed unbeatable. I naturally assumed that he wou... | Read More

  • How To Save Chess

    In 1920s, the world chess champion Jose Raul Capablanca was at the height of his career. He was so much better than anyone else that he was called "the chess machine" due to the merciless precision of his play. So when Capablanca predicted ... | Read More

  • Lasker's Queen's Gambit Declined

    The second world champion, Emanuel Lasker, is a difficult one to include in this series, but it must be done. There is hardly any opening to which he is closely attached. He played a wide variety of solid, "common-sense" openings, w... | 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

    • Piccolo manuale di aperture scacchistiche

      Contenutio Partite di Gioco Aperto (1 e4, e5)o Partite di Gioco Semiaperto (1 e4, non e5)o Partite di Gioco Chiuso (1 d4, d5)o Partite di Gioco Semichiuso (1 d4, non d5)o Partite di Pedone d’Alfiere (1 c4 oppure 1 f4)o Partite Irregolari (qualun... | Read More

    • My Path to FM - Part 3 - The Plan

      ...The whole plan, and nothing but the plan.   Feel free to read part 1 and part 2 if you want to waste 10 minutes of your life on babble.     My Path to FM - Study Plan   Openings My openings have always been a strong point in my game.... | Read More

      • ih8sens
      • | Jan 28, 2016
    • Sveshnikov Endgames for White

      Participating in a thematic Sveshnikov Sicilian tournament has enriched my feel for the type of positions White aims for. Namely, slight advantages in the endgame which increase as pieces are exchanged.   My recent game with debbi1 as White was a... | Read More

    • Living in the Now

      Everything before does not matter. All that matters is what lies at the board, finding the best move in this position in front of you.   That is the most important lesson I take away from analysing this game I played with White in a thematic Sves... | Read More

    • REVIEW: 1.e4 vs The Sicilian II (Parimarjan Negi)

      Book review: “1.e4 vs The Sicilian II” – Parimarjan Negi (Quality Chess)   Even after all these years, I still get a kick when I receive a new chess book. But there’s something special about getting a ... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Dec 18, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... Read More »

  • Svesnikov

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             The Sveshnikov Variation was pioneered by Evgeny Sveshnikov and Gennadi Timoshchenko in the 1970s. Before their efforts, the variation was called the Lasker–Pelikan Variation. Emanuel Lasker played it once in his world champi... Read More »

  • Aagaard, Jacob

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    Jacob Aagaard Madsen, born July 31, 1973, is a Grandmaster (2005) originally from Denmark, but now living in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is usually referred to simply as Jacob Aagaard. He finished 2nd in the 111th Scottish Championship in 2004.  He... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence, Taimanov Variation

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    The Taimanov Variation of the Sicilian Defence arises after the moves 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 Nc6.  An equivalent move order is 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 e6.  The move order with 2...e6 is regarded as the standard move ord... Read More »