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  • Nerves, Endurance, And Love Of The Game

    Nerves MagicLian asked: “I am 11 years old (rated 1416) and get very nervous at tournaments. How can I get over it?” JS: Believe it or not, this is the first time anyone has asked this! I really enjoy new or rarely-asked questions!... | Read More

  • Eisenberg's Strange Gambit

          One of the oddest, yet intriguing variations in the King's Gambit Accepted is one discovered by Louis Eisenberg.              Louis R. Eisenberg  ... | Read More

  • The New Yorker Or The Norwegian: Who Ya Got?

    You've marked your calendar for October 27.  You've read the reasons you should watch the biggest event in online chess history. You've read the stats and analytics showing just how incredibly accurate the two combatants pl... | Read More

  • Charles de Maurian: Problemist

         Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4 school year at Spring Hill College ... | Read More

  • The Time-Trouble Blues

    EscapePlan69 asked: “I get into time trouble in most of my games while my opponents always have plenty of time left. How can I improve my time management? My tournament games are one hour and 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move.” J... | Read More

    • CNE Dutch Rapid Ch Sunday 30th of October

      Hi all! This week I am organizing a chess week with lots of activities in my hometown of Amstelveen. Main event will be on Sunday 30th of October when the Dutch Rapid Championships (Men & Women), sponsored by local company CNE ICT Profession... | Read More

      • RobertRis
      • | Oct 27, 2016
    • Scandinavian Defense Part 5

      After a hiatus, I am back with coverage of the tournament, which, is still very much alive. Slowly we see who will enter into the finals. Today I will analyse two games. Let's start! Match 1:  Game takeaways: - Focus on piece harmonisati... | Read More

      • BobBishoen
      • | Oct 27, 2016
    • Massive Discount for November Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand!

      Registration for the November 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is now open at a highly discounted price! That's right, the world's best chess course is on sale for one month. Even better, five-time World Champion Vishy Anand will also ... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Oct 27, 2016
    • Kan in The Bay Area

      Recently, a great friend of mine played the Kan in a Bay Area tournament and allowed me to share his games here. Happy Birthday Daniel! Additionally, the games are very interesting and instructional. The first game features some interesting ideas... | Read More

      • yian123
      • | Oct 26, 2016
    • Offline Coaching Offer

      Hi chess friends! I want to inform you about my new coaching proposal, to help the people that are very busy at work that have problems to do live sessions. I offer a very interesting offline coaching program, how does it work? 1) I will see al... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »

  • 1930 in chess

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    On January 4, 1930, the 10th Christmas Congress ended. The Premier Section was won by Jose Capablanca (6.5), followed by Vidmar (5.5), and Yates (5). The Premier Reserves section was won by George Koltanowski and Tylor. From January 16 to Februar... Read More »

  • Chess Title

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    A chess title is a title created by a chess governing body and bestowed upon players based on their performance and rank. Such titles are usually granted for life. The most prestigious titles are those granted by the international chess gove... Read More »

  • Norm

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    A norm in chess is a high level of performance in a chess tournament. Several norms are one of the requirements to receive a title such as Grandmaster from FIDE.   Contents   [hide]  1 Grandmaster norm 2 Other FIDE norms 3 In n... Read More »