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  • 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

  • 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

    • Collection of traps

      I've collected many traps that are played in the most common openings.Feel free to post a common trap I've missed or an uncommon trap as well.Legal Trap(Italian game -- White) Blackburne's Trap(Italian game -- Black) Magnus Smith Trap(Sicil... | Read More

    • How Gel Dryers Are Used In The Laboratory

      There are a variety of different gel dryer units which are commercially available for different gel drying applications in the laboratory. The exact drying methods used differ depending on the nature and size of the gels involved. Polyacrylamide g... | Read More

      • tianfloc
      • | May 22, 2016
    • Crushing Queen Pawn Openings

      Hey guys! This week I had another awesome YouTube webinar, this time on how to crush all those solid, positional 1.d4 players! If you want to follow the lecture attentively, you should maximize the broadcast window by clicking at the lecture ti... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | May 21, 2016
    • Tricks and Traps in the Opening- London System

      The European Individual Championship is in progress in Gjakova, Kosovo. Round four was played yesterday and as usual, the event offers high-quality chess. The clashes in round one though usually have a different flavour. The thing is that at the... | Read More

      • dbojkov
      • | May 16, 2016
    • The K-Fresh Gambit: Deadly and Sound

       As a mere 1650-something, I'll admit that there are a lot of gaps in my chess knowledge. However, I am thoroughly convinced that this is the strongest gambit ever. I've devised a gambit, and played it winning almost every time even against stron... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Fried Liver Attack

    • 470 Reads
    • | 470 Reads

     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 »