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  • 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

  • Hollywood Herman

    Herman Steiner's immense love for the game spread a spark which brought chess to life in California. he made chess alive for thousands of school children; he created a woman's field for chess in ti part of the country.Hollywood Herman Steiner Pho... | 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

  • Combinative Chess

    "Chess"  circa 1913by Annti Favén       "A combination is a tactical maneuver in which you sacrifice material to obtain an advantage, or at least to improve your position.   So, strategy then, is your general plan, while tactics are your... | Read More

    • Finally...opponent was trapped!

      Hello guys. I am posting a blog after many days. Today I will share my bullet game with you all. I played with a opponent rated 1250 in bullet. He fell into one of the most famous traps, Lasker trap. If you don't know what is Lasker trap, then c... | Read More

      • Harish73
      • | Feb 13, 2016
    • Greville vs Harrwitz, never a dull moment in the Giuoco Piano

      To my opinion too many chess players nag about restrained opening play. Nonsense! There is nothing wrong natural healthy moves. The complications will come sooner or later. One important reason: at our level we make many mistakes. The next game c... | Read More

    • Learn Chess - Starting Out

      I wanted to write about some of the books and resources that I used to learn chess 20 years ago, and what things I would do differently now if I had to learn it all over again from the beginning.  So, I will go over exactly what I did in the past... | Read More

      • jminkler
      • | Jan 22, 2016
    • Bangs Head Against Wall

      note to self...playing traps as openings is stupid. | Read More

      • woh3
      • | Jan 13, 2016
    • Against All Odds: Education, Race & Chess

      RZA playing International Master the late EmoryTate, Jr. Photo: Eric Arnold Against All Odds: Education, Race, and Chess by Adisa Banjoko and Arash Daneshzadeh | Teaching students, “The World Is Yours” A few years ago, I was asked to speak ... | Read More

      • HipHopChess
      • | Jan 13, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Fried Liver Attack

    • 42 Reads
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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... 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 »