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  • 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

  • No Balance, No Success

    I get countless questions that ask about taste in chess (No, don’t eat the pieces!). Taste, in this case, refers to a preference for positional or tactical situations. (However, if you MUST eat the pieces, please buy a chess cake or a ches... | Read More

    • Cool opening trick

      Opening tricks If you fall for them you lose a piece or even the game. Opening tricks, or opening traps are so easy to execute and so hard to miss. No matter which opening trick you want to use you must pay attention  to execute it perfectly. I... | Read More

    • How to improve your tactics rating

      Hello everyone, Over the few days, I have been grinding my tactics rating over 2800 and here is a short guide (from my experience) on how to get your tactics trainer rating higher.     1. Don't stress over the timer Although the rating poin... | Read More

    • Italian Tricks

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    • Special Guest Paul Swaney for Chess^Summit

      It's been a while since I've linked a Chess^Summit post to due to some diagram issues, but this morning we had a nice post from multiple time Virginia Coach of the Year Paul Swaney that I wanted to share. To see the original post, you ca... | Read More

    • Rook Endgame Tricks with a GM

      Hi Chess Friends, Occasional on Internet Chess Club, I get paired with Armenian/French GM Tigran Gharamian. He's rated in the 2600s, currently placing him around 130th in the world. As an American, I typically haven't heard of foreign players of... | Read More

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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 »