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  • 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

  • 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

  • The Evans Gambit

    GM Jacek Stopa is here to show you how to win with the aggressive Evans Gambit. Few openings have a more swashbuckling reputation than the Evans Gambit which was even invented by the sea captain, William Evans, in 1827! Jacek is a practitioner of... | Read More

  • Completely French

    The French Defense has been vexing players on the White side since it was first introduced by the Parisians in the historic match between London and Paris in 1834! Black permits White to build a sturdy center, only to devote the remainder of the g... | Read More

    • Gold Coast Open U1600 Day 1

      Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! I will be posting my tournament games with analysis as well as my thoughts during the tournament. I hope you will enjoy! The Gold Coast Open tournament was held over the weekend from the 25th to 26th of June ne... | Read More

      • rlian3
      • | Jul 3, 2016
    • For beginners :Develop a thinking process , part 2

                       Discovered attacks. This is the most difficult to spot, type of attack.Usually direct threats are created  by the piece or the pawn that is moved.Many examples of direct threats are shown in Part 1.    In some, not s... | Read More

      • jengaias
      • | Jun 29, 2016
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    • Chess Tricks Against the Sicilian Defense

      Dragon Variation       Najdorf Variation       French Variation       Accelerated Dragon       Sveshnikov Variation       Wing Gambit   | Read More

    • Ivan Bukavshin dies at the age of 20

                             He was one of the brightest talents in the world of chess, with an impressive rating of 2658. On 12th of January 2016, at the age of just twenty years and eight months, Ivan Bukavshin died from a stroke, leaving ... | Read More

    • Boris Spassky 2016 interview

      Spektrowski| Jun 9, 2016 at 8:55 PM| Posted in: Spektrowski's Blog| 953 reads| 14 comments This interview was conducted by Yuri Golyshak and Sergei Kruzhkov for their column Friday Talk in the Sport-Expressnewspaper in early 2016. Headin... | Read More

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 »