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  • Amateur vs. World Champion

    Once upon a time, Alexander Roshal, who was the chief editor of the famous Soviet weekly "64," called Mikhail Tal and asked for some original material for his publication. Tal answered that he would be happy to help his old friend and told ... | Read More

  • Fixing Your Weaknesses

    This week, we’ll take a look at a young Indian player, Sakshi1234567. She had this to say: “I am 13 years old. My father taught me chess when I was 10. I’ve been taking the game seriously from October 2015. I want to become a g... | Read More

  • Korchnoi The Chess Psychologist

    The death of GM Viktor Korchnoi is a huge loss for chess. I am not going to repeat the obvious facts that he was the strongest chess player who never became the world champion or tell you about his enormous chess heritage. There are thousands... | 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

  • Different Twins In Chess

    Some time ago we discussed in this article the identical positions that can happen in endgames. I concluded the article with the statement "Deja vu is good for your chess!" Which of course means that the knowledge of certain positions, tec... | Read More

    • 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
    • How to Force mate with Three Knights

      Everyone knows that you can force mate with three Knights, but do you know how?   Wouldn't it be cool to have this in your bag of tricks to use on opponents who just won't resign?  Of course it would! I will show you a method, complete with s... | Read More

      • Jpatrick
      • | Sep 30, 2016
    • 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
    • Feeling Uninspired - Time for Turning!

      Languish for LatheFrom Woe to WoodA long time goal in progress...Recently, I have struggled (as many surely struggle) to make time to take a game I really enjoy somewhat seriously.  I make 5 minutes for a silly blitz or bullet game, but get frust... | Read More

      • sven00100
      • | Sep 13, 2016
    • Love is to Sacrifice !

      Some chess-players always seem to have a trick up their sleeve. They spot unlikely-looking tactical tricks, launch cunning attacks from seemingly quiet positions and are unrelenting when the enemy king is in their sights. Even when things go wrong... | Read More

      • mak3arun
      • | Sep 7, 2016
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Video Lessons

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Dutch Defense

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    The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 ... Read More »