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  • When A Game Is Many Games

    The member te_amo (from Kolkata, India) asked me to point out his weakness in his games. He said: “I undergo no sort of professional training, and I aspire to be over 2000 someday.” Mr. te_amo, the fact is that people start... | Read More

  • Longer Time Controls Are More Instructive

    The member JerryPapada wrote: “My name is Jerry, I’m 15 years old, from Greece, and I’m trying to find a way to bump up my rating. I need to find what is missing from my games.” Jeremy Silman: Playing 3-0 games ... | Read More

  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

    The member Olaspecial wrote: “I am keen to become Nigeria’s next titled player (I hope this makes you smile) and I believe you can help me get there. I am diligent and I have been working hard at developing my opening repe... | Read More

  • Why Chess Players Blunder (Part 2)

    Part 1 of our previous instalment offered a theoretical framework for blunders. This second part suggests a way to combat impulsiveness and blunder-tendencies. Chess players are often encouraged to read chess books and watch DVDsto improvetheir ... | Read More

  • 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

    • Funky stalemates and Underpromotions!

      Funky stalemates and Underpromotions! These are some of the outcomes you stumble into when you analyse your own games. I get far more out of exploring endgames I've played rather than middlegame attacks. Maybe it's because there are more moves pla... | Read More

    • Book Review: Insanity, Passion and Addiction

      BOOK REVIEW:  “Insanity, Passion and Addiction: A year inside the chess world” (Danny Gormally)   Most chess books are more or less the same. An opening treatise, an instructional book on endgames or middlegames, a t... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Jul 21, 2016
    • Road to Master: Assembling the Repertoire

      Road to Master: Creating an Opening Repertoire As with many amateur players, I have always aspired to become a master, at least at the national level. As a child, I had some talent for the game but got dragged away from chess by other interests l... | Read More

    • A Primer for the Sicilian - Najdorf variation. Very basic, but very good

      If you are reading this you are interested in learning about the Sicilian Defense - Najdorf variation, the Cadillac of Chess openings.   The first thing I would say is that this line is best used by people who like lots of tactics, are aggressiv... | Read More

      • JerkyRobot
      • | Jul 6, 2016
    • A Special Class of Rook and Pawn Endings Part 4

      We've been examining KRP vs KR positions where the Pawn is as far as possible from queening.  If White has the Pawn, that means it starts on the 2nd rank.  Whether or not Black can draw mostly has to do with whether his King can get close enough... | Read More

      • Jpatrick
      • | Jun 23, 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 »