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  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | Read More

  • Bughouse Chess Tips For Beginners

    Tired of playing chess alone?! Bughouse is for you! Tired of not having someone to talk to about your decisions on the board (at least not legally)? Bughouse is for you! Tired of not having someone else (your teammate) to blame for your loses... | Read More

  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • How To Play When You're Winning Easily

    In all sports, you play much differently when you are winning easily. In baseball, if you are leading 8-0 in the 8th inning, you would not pull your fresh relief pitcher out of the game to pinch hit and try to get another run. In soccer, if y... | Read More

  • What Is The Initiative?

    The Chess.com member Mornarben wrote: “My question is about the initiative. I seem to be able to play well in the beginning, getting positions with good central control, but [I] never see a good way to launch an attack to seize the initiativ... | Read More

    • Gregory Porter - Take Me To The Alley

      Gregory Porter recently released a new album - Take Me To The Alley An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with Take Me t... | Read More

    • Changing My Perception

      The moves we play reflect what we see ... or is it what we know? Ultimately, does it reflect how we think about the game, our perception and the way we process what's given in front of us.   I reached the following position as White in a Grunfe... | Read More

    • French defense Exchange variation , Introduction

      Anyone that had the luck to be in a chess club must have heard more than  once the following quote: "I don't play French because exchange variation is drawish." It is true that Exchage variation is the nightmare of every French defense club pla... | Read More

      • jengaias
      • | Oct 22, 2016
    • Positional Analysis #1

      Position #1: This position arose in one of my games. In my desire to obtain the bishop pair, I took his bishop, when actually there was a much better move that wins more material. Fxe4!   Position #2: Black has a choice here to capture the b... | Read More

      • kdog3682
      • | Oct 21, 2016
    • Peças de xadrez se movem sozinhas em tabuleiro inteligente

      Quem leu ou assistiu à série Harry Potter provavelmente vai lembrar do xadrez dos bruxos descrito nos livros, as peças no tabuleiro se movem sozinhas, obedecendo ao comando do capitão da partida, que pode assumir o papel de qualquer uma das pe... | Read More

      • Aarao
      • | Oct 20, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Englund Gambit

    • 5 Reads
    • | 5 Reads

    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Saragossa Opening

    • 3 Reads
    • | 3 Reads

    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 »

  • Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

    • 74 Reads
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    The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 whe... Read More »

  • King's Indian Attack

    • 12 Reads
    • | 12 Reads

      The King's Indian Attack (KIA), also known as the Barcza System (after Gedeon Barcza), is a chess opening system for White, most notably used by Bobby Fischer. Its typical formation is shown in the diagram to the right.It is an attacki... Read More »

  • Evans Gambit

    • 2 Reads
    • | 2 Reads

     The Evans Gambit is characterised by the moves: 1. e4 e52. Nf3 Nc63. Bc4 Bc54. b4 History The gambit is named after the Welsh sea Captain William Davies Evans, the first player known to have employed it. The first game with the open... Read More »