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  • Talks a Good Game

         The following piece was written by Paul Hugo Little,     a rather diverse writer and a chess expert himself.    Many people have probably encountered someone     like the chess expert described in the story below. (The diagrams... | Read More

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician Chess.com member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

  • An Hour With Morphy

         This article was published in the "British Chess Magazine" three months after Paul Morphy's death.  It was obviously written as a memorial to Morphy and meant to showcase his genius as well as an attempt to explain his winning techniques... | Read More

  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part I

          Take a walk with me on the wild side . . . of chess.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       When Tarrasch wrote,  ". . .Sg5 , den ich für einen richtigen Stümperzug halt... | Read More

  • Die Immergrüne Partie

    Dr. Hermann von Gottschall      Dr. Hermann von Gottschall (1862-1933) was a reputable German chessplayer and problemist. He also edited the German periodical "Deutsche Schachzeitung" from 1892-96 (having co-edited with Curt von Bardeleb... | Read More

    • My Immortal Game: The most beautiful game I ever played

      Most serious chess fans are aware of the so called "immortal"games of Adolf Anderssen from the early 1850s. These games were played in a swashbuckling style where both sides threw caution to the wind and pieces at their enemy's king until one of ... | Read More


      Throughout the history of chess, humanity has continually held a fascination with those rare individuals whose immense skill and success at the game makes them deserving of being labeled "The Strongest Player on Earth." The title of World Ches... | Read More

      • sachin951
      • | Jan 18, 2016
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    • Hitting the Books

      Hitting the Books ContextA distinctive element of GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge(2000) draws in some readers and pushes many others away. Rashid Ziyatdinov's book contains diagrams without analysis. The author explains that the book i... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jan 2, 2016
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    • The Colle system

      A few of my chess students were interested in the Colle system and asked for game annotation help. The Colle system is 1.d4 and then e2e3, a passive looking setup, but not without venom. Black needs to respond well in order to not get swept off t... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Dec 11, 2015
    • Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation

      The Zukertort Opening is a chess opening defined by the move 1. Nf3. Sometimes the term "Reti Opening" is used to describe the opening move 1.Nf3, although most sources define the Réti more narrowly as the sequence 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4. Accordi... | Read More

      • pete-2
      • | Oct 25, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Benko's Opening

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    Benko's Opening (also known as the Hungarian Opening, the Barcza Opening, the Bilek Opening, and the King's Fianchetto Opening), is achess opening characterized by the move: 1. g3White's 1.g3 ranks as the fifth most popular opening move in... Read More »

  • Colle

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    the Colle normally: Defeated: Colle Zukertort: There are too much other things in colle so i will now do london system: conclusion: I hope you learn! Read More »

  • Hodges, Albert Beauregard

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    Albert Hodges (1861-1944) was a former U.S. Champion.  His first job was a hidden operator of Ajeeb, the chess automaton, at the Eden Musee in New York..  He played chess and checkers.  He won the US championship in 1894 after defeating Jackson... Read More »

  • Zukertort, Johannes

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    Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888) was a chess master, physician, pianist, magazine editor, music critic, linguist, swordsman and marksman.  He was fluent in   English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Sa... Read More »

  • Wilson, Thomas Bright

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    Thomas Bright Wilson (1843-1915) was the inventor of the chess clock (stop clock), with the advice of Henry Blackburne.  He lived in Manchester England and was secretary of the Manchester Chess Club.  The first major tournament to use th... Read More »