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  • 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

  • "Queer Moves in Chess"

         I stumbled upon the following article while reading through the March 1903 edition of "Checkmate: Monthly Chess Review."  It looked familiar and I was able to determine I had seen it before in "Pollock Memories,"  a collection of his ... | Read More

    • Training & Calculation Secrets to Achieve Tactical Mastery!

      We all know the importance of tactics in chess but how can we improve our ability in this critical area? Simply solving hundreds of random puzzles is a very slow way to progress. In the following lecture, I reveal the training secrets and calcula... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Apr 29, 2016
    • Feeling bored ? Play London system ! :-)

      I believe it is a very good idea to work on becoming an all-round chess player, who can play both tactical attacking as well as positional chess with a good technique. A good way to work on your positional chess is using the London system to try ... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 29, 2016
    • Rejoining the fight - game 8

      This is a blog about a former NM who basically retired from serious chess for about 15 years to pursue family and career, trying to make a mini comeback without studying too much or working too hard. Each blog will see me annotate a game from my ... | Read More

    • TIFR Blitz Chess 2016

      This is the 2016 edition of the Blitz chess Tournament in TIFR. There were 8 participants in all. Each player played everyone else, so there were a total of 7 rounds. The time control was 5 min + 5 sec increment for each move.   Here is my perspe... | Read More

    • A Friendly Game

      My friend, Suren, is slightly better than me, to say the least. His understanding of chess is somewhat deeper than me. I am always starting the attack too early, and I usually have to resort to tricks... Recently we played two casual c... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     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 »

  • 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 »