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  • 8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

    You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There are many parallels between chess... | Read More

  • Who Was The Greatest Chess Theorist?

    Axorcist wrote: “My question is this: Who do you consider to be the greatest chess theorist of all time? I have never read a good review on who really had the most influence on the development of knowledge in our beautiful game. Was i... | Read More

  • 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

  • Beating Your Nemesis

    Rivalaries are often born through circumstances that extend beyond the game. An intense, winner-take-all game, a misplayed Smith-Mora, a Twitter battle, or even a swift kick to your shin under the table — All might be enough to point yo... | Read More

  • Opposite-Colored Bishop Endgames

    Everyone’s had the unfortunate experience of playing an opposite-colored bishop ending. Like a mirage, you never know how they got there, and you definitely didn’t intend on it. Nevertheless, they have arrived. These mirages don’... | Read More

    • Humbled by a Grandmaster

      One of the great things about is that an ordinary, club standard player like myself can occasionally go head to head with a Grandmaster. This website's numerous online shows see professional players with sky-high ratings taking on relat... | Read More

      • thejacka1
      • | Oct 19, 2016
    • Opening trap in practice! Club game 7/9/2016

      OK, so I couldn't just post a loss without also posting a win... In my studies of the Queen's Gambit opening, I learned a few opening traps that opponents may fall into. When I first began reading these in books, I found myself thinking, "Yeah, ... | Read More

      • thnikka
      • | Oct 9, 2016
    • Halloween

      It's that time of year again, a time of costumes and tricks, a time of scary end games and traps, and best of all, tons of caffeine and free candy!  Well kids, I'm Vaperchess formerly Kinglybingly, you may remember me losing countless times to th... | Read More

      • vaperchess
      • | Oct 6, 2016
    • My way or software way?

      Autum tournament round 1 just begun this week and I got an old opponent against me. Christer is easy too take for an easy win and I had my share of sad defeats and draws against him. So I was prepared to keeping an eye on his traps and draw attemp... | Read More

    • Knowledge is Power!

      In chess, a little knowledge goes a long way. Recognizing the opportunity for a thematic combination, knowing the key move in your favorite opening and being aware of the winning technique in an endgame is enough to win you games on its own. This... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Sep 29, 2016

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 »