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  • Links to the Past II

    As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wal... | Read More

  • Finding Your Real Weaknesses

    I get a lot of letters from members, and though their ratings run the gamut, I do my best to address all ratings as best I can. Today I’ll turn my attention to two players below 1500 : Mr. Prashant1994 and Mr. Rrrtttyyyuuuiii. I&... | Read More

  • Capt. Bertin's Gambit

         The Cunningham Defense in the King's Gambit Accepted begins 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7.  White moves the Bishop to give his King a place to go with 4. Bc4.  If Black continues with the threatened 4... Bh4+ ... | Read More

  • 3 Fun Chess Stories

    Elon Musk is an otherworldly individual. At 44 years old, he is a multi-billionaire, the founder of several successful companies, and the current CEO and product architect of a rather prominent outfit known as Tesla Motors. He is a skilled busines... | Read More

  • Links to the Past

    This is the week of Halloween, a time when we dust the cobwebs, ressurect the dead and free the whispy ghosts of the departed.I thought this would be an appropriate time to open my own vault into the not-so-distant past with links to what has c... | Read More

    • Defesa Russa armadilhas - Petrov Defence Traps

      Veja minha nova serie de videos sobre armadilhas da defesa russa,e se inscrevam no canal.   | Read More

      • Victor016
      • | Jul 25, 2016
    • Watch out for traps in the endgame!

      This is an example why you shouldn't relax in the endgame and  should be very attentive at traps. I played this game in the Latvian championship final, against pretty strong opponent, but tricked him in a funny way. I guess it wasn't so funny ... | Read More

      • Pashka27
      • | Jul 8, 2016
    • The Beginner Perks of the Pirc

      In 2005 I was going to my first couple of chess tournaments. I never played in USCF as a kid, only as casual games with friends (I won my middle school tournament 6-0 by using the scholar's mate 6 times!) Now after college I just wanted to engage ... | Read More

    • Traps

       Here black is loosing,so he played a move  with  a trap,can you find it? | Read More

      • dimis283
      • | Jun 28, 2016
    • Losing a lot lately??

      So, you are a -1500 (or maybe higher, Im just 1350-1400 in avg) and you play a lot to get more rating, or to get more victories. This worked great and you got to a very good rating and managed to defeat those who are better than you. But then came... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • the Grob

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    Grob's Attack is an unconventional chess opening where White immediately moves the king knight's pawn two squares ahead: 1. g4 The opening takes its name from Swiss International Master Henri Grob (1904–1974) who analyzed it extensively... Read More »

  • Greco, Gioacchino (Joachino)

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    Gioacchino Greco (1600-1634) was an Italian chess player and the best known of the wandering chessmen in the early 17th century. Greco learned chess from earlier books and kept a notebook of tactics, and short and clever games.  He made a liv... Read More »