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  • Say "Hello!" to Version 3

    It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of is finally ready to step up and take online chess to a new level - and take your chess to new levels as well.  Version 3 (v3) has been our #1 priority for over two year... | Read More

  • Introducing the New (Version 3)

    It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of is finally ready to step up and take online chess to a new level - and take your chess to new levels as well.  This new version 3 (V3) has been our #1 priority for over... | Read More

  • Boris Spassky And The Leningrad Variation

    The 10th world champion, Boris Spassky, was a universal player with a wide opening repertoire. He mostly played classical openings with a healthy aggression. One weapon, which served him well throughout his career, was a rather surprising move: 4.... | Read More

  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More

  • Botvinnik And The Winawer

    After World War Two, the chess world (and the world in general) was abruptly changed. It is very clear that a demarcation line can be placed at 1945 between the old classical chess and modern chess. There were many changes in the chess world aro... | Read More

    • Sicilian Defense -Dragon Variation

      Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation[edit] 5...g6 introduces the famous "Dragon" variation of the Sicilian defence. While the general themes are easy to understand, the Dragon is a very sharp line with immense amounts of established theory. Against ... | Read More

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      • | Feb 6, 2016
    • The 1st Youth Chess Composing Challenge

      The first competition in the frames of 59th WCCC (announced January 31st) will be devoted to youngest chess composers (born 1998 and after). TheYCCC consists of three thematic tourneys (#2, h#2 and endgames), with 5 months time for composing. Th... | Read More

    • 3 Steps to Beating an FIDE Master

      I'm a typical chess amateur, not a rare talent like Luke McShane who has the talent and skill to play on a part-time basis, yet still play near the 2700 level and occasionally beat someone like Magnus. So for me to beat an FM requires a bi... | Read More

    • Stalemate in Endgames

      The weakest link of my game is the Endgame. I simply play it badly, for whatever reason. My knowledge of theoretical positions is quite limited, and perhaps I simply do not have the patience needed to grind down endgames. Because of this, I purch... | Read More

    • beto43 vs. lebesgue72: 1/28/16: B10: Caro-Kann Defense

      HI everyone! Here's a recent game I played. My goal was to start learning some of the ideas and themes in the Caro-Kann defense. I heard that it leads to more of a positional game, and I wanted to see for myself, modulo any tactics missed by me in... | Read More

      • lebesgue72
      • | Jan 29, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Budapest Gambit

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    The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defense) is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e5 Despite an early debut in 1896, the Budapest Gambit received attention from leading players only after a win as Black by Grandmaster Milan... Read More »

  • King's Indian Attack

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      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 »

  • 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 »