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  • A Rare And Brutal Rook Configuration

    Once in a while, a game grabs my attention due to some amazing positional concept or, less often (I say “less often” since most tactics are rather repetitive), due to a really interesting tactical battle. Usually you’ll see these... | Read More

  • Windows Of Chess Opportunity

    In an amateur chess game, opportunities abound. Unfortunately, these opportunities are often missed. Positional gains are snubbed, tactics are missed, a winning endgame is agreed drawn, and mutual fear leads both players into a deep, dark abyss.&n... | Read More

  • Which Olympic Sport Is Most Like Chess?

    The 2016 Summer Olympics are underway right now in Brazil as 207 national delegations compete for medals in 28 sports, 41 different disciplines, and 306 total events. Unfortunately for chess fans, the royal game is not among them. And don’... | Read More

  • Chess.com Interviews Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein

    Chess.com was able to sit down with each of the four major presidential candidates last week as they turned their attention to courting the ever-important chess demographic. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein w... | Read More

  • Who Was The Greatest Chess Theorist?

    Axorcist wrote: “My question is this: Who do you consider to be the greatest chess theorist of all time? I have never read a good review on who really had the most influence on the development of knowledge in our beautiful game. Was i... | Read More


    • A hard fought win.

      It's nice to win a game where both sides played really well. Unfortunately this game was more or less decided by a blunder which my opponent made in time trouble. Even so, it serves to remind me that Chess is 80% tactics.  Enjoy | Read More

    • How can you win against stronger opponents?

      Today I continue to write about my daily experiences in the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course.  You can read about the past days: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9,  Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day... | Read More

    • Do You Know Your Opening's Main Ideas?: The Classical Dutch Defense

      I've had many a student suggest that they want to change their opening repetoire. They usually state some reason such as: "it's just not my style". When I was a new teacher I'd go along with their request and teach them about this new opening they... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Aug 24, 2016
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    • Steinitz blindfold tactics, 1867

      Wilhelm Steinitz in 1867 won a blindfold game which I think makes a good puzzle.  Short version Long version  Future World Champion Steinitz was in Dundee to participate in the Dundee, Scotland International.... | Read More

    • The long tactic....

      I've had some luck exploiting positions where there's a tactic there, but it might take a few moves to resolve itself.  If you can spot these, it could make the difference against even strong players.  In this game, I seemingly sacrifice the Kni... | Read More

      • ObiWanCote
      • | Aug 24, 2016
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Video Lessons



  • OVERLOADCHESS 222

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    Sometimes a chess piece is overloaded by having more than one defensive job to do. The overworked piece can be exploited by capturing one of the pieces it is defending or occupying a square it is defending forcing it to leave its other defensive ... Read More »

  • Sokolosky Opening

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    The Sokolsky Opening (also known as the Orangutan, Polish, or Hunt Opening) is an uncommon chess opening that begins with the move: 1. b4According to various databases, out of the twenty possible first moves from White, the move 1.b4 rank... Read More »

  • decoy

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    Chess games many times are won and lost because of a single tactical move. One of the most common tactics that you will see in any chess game is the decoy. The decoy in chess is finding a poisoned square that your opponent would never want to g... Read More »

  • What You Need to Know Well as a Beginner

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    The Tactics! If you are directed to the wrong page from my profile,please go back. Forks A fork is basically when one piece attacks two. Skewer When one piece attacks a more valuable piece and then a less valuable piece behind it. Pawns can't... Read More »

  • Underpromotion tactics

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    In 90% of the cases pawns are promoted to queens. Sometimes though, it would be better to promote to something else other than a queen, like in the following examples: Here is one that involves promoting to a rook: If you think your skills at ... Read More »