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  • How Past Masters Can Help Your Game

    I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate on tactics and strategy). To add a... | Read More

  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • The Opening You've Never Heard Of

    Grandmaster David Bronstein was an excellent chess player, original thinker and a brilliant chess author who produced a number of bestsellers. His most famous chess book is undoubtedly "Zurich 1953." Everyone loves this book and for a good reas... | Read More

  • Can You Solve These Spooky Chess Puzzles?

    Professor: Hello, Class. Happy Halloween! (Smiles and good cheer.) Zephyr: Do you have any treats for us today, Professor? Professor: Treats? Rachel: You know, like tricks or treats. Lucian: I really like gummy bears. Zephyr: Forget gu... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 7

    GOOD OR BAD? Mordecai10 asked: I have just completed part 1 of your Test Your Chess Understanding articles, and I wasn’t completely satisfied by one aspect of your solutions. In your solution to puzzle 2, you say the following: &lsquo... | Read More

    • Chess Opening

      Aims of the opening[edit] Common aims in opening play[edit] Irrespective of whether they are trying to gain the upper hand as White and equalize as Black or to create dynamic imbalances, players generally devote a lot of attention in the opening s... | Read More

      • sachin951
      • | Feb 2, 2016
    • Ruy Lopez. General. Classical Defense

      For those who like to begin the chess game with 1.e4, there inevitably arises a question - what to play against 1. ... e5. Of course, that depends on taste and style of play. For a long time upon 1.e4 e5, one of my favorites is the King's Gambit, ... | Read More

      • schachfan1
      • | Jan 17, 2016
    • 11 CHESS TRAPS TO RUIN YOUR OPPONENTS DAY (learn them & use them)

                                             Trap # 1                                                                                        The Lasker Trap                      ... | Read More

      • Rossi0000
      • | Dec 7, 2015
    • Chess Openings

      Preface: The very first opening that I used was the King's Knight Opening (includes Gunderam Defence, Greco Defence, Damiano Defence, Elephant Gambit, and Latvian Gambit.) Constant practice and understanding the basics really help me a lot to know... | Read More

      • nwap_neeuq
      • | Nov 28, 2015
    • Frankenstein - Dracula Opening

                                        Welcome Chess Fans, Wha ha ha...into the lair of horrors to witness the fight between Frankenstein against Count Dracula.  An opening so named by notable chess writer Tim Hardin... | Read More

      • Samantha212
      • | Oct 20, 2015

  • Norway Chess 2013 Round 3

    Sergey Karjakin still has a perfect score at the Norway Chess 2013 tournament after scoring another victory in round 3. Karjakin convincingly defeated Wang Hao to lead by a full point on 3/3 going into the first rest day on Saturday. World champ... | Read More

  • Nalchik Round One

    Round One of the latest Grand Prix has kicked off in Nalchik, with Alexander Grischuk (pictured) and Lev Aronian winning their first round games to take share the early lead. Aronian brushed aside Mamedyarov with the black pieces when the latter ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Adams, Weaver

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    Weaver Warren Adams (1901-1963) was born on April 28, 1901 in Dedham, Massachusetts.  His parents were Frank H. Adams (salesman for Bellantine Breweries and Ceresota Flour) and Ethel Weaver Adams.  His mother’s side has been traced back to t... Read More »

  • Benko, Pal

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    Pal Benko was in Amiens, France on Jul 15, 1928 but grew up in Budapest, Hungary. Benko learned chess from his father in 1938, at the age of 10.  His first book was a collection of Capablanca’s chess games. In June 1945, in his first chess to... Read More »

  • Alapin, Semyon

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    Semyon Alapin (1856-1923) was a Russian chess master and openings analyst. He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.  He later settled in St. Petersburg, then Heidelberg, Germany.  While studying at St. Petersburg Engineering Institute, he became on... Read More »

  • Frankenstein-Dracula Variation

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      C27: The Frankenstein-Dracula Variation, usually considered a branch of the Vienna Game, can also be reached from the Bishop's Opening. It is seen extremely infrequently in top-level play.   The variation is brought about by the move... Read More »

  • Anderssen's Opening

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    Anderssen's Opening is a defined by the opening move 1. a3.It is named after unofficial World Chess Champion Adolf Anderssen, who played it three times in his 1858 match against Paul Morphy. While Anderssen was defeated decisively, the g... Read More »