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Marache vs Morphy

Paul Morphy plays the black side of the Evans Gambit against Napoleon Marache and makes it look easy. He finishes the game with a magnificent mate and creates a beautiful miniature as usual.

The Kings Indian Defense

The King's Indian Defense is a daring response to white's 1. d4. Black gives up space in the center to develop quickly on the kingside and to set up a central counterattack on the dark-squares. When it goes well it…

The French Defense

Not all chess players like open games and tactical slugfests. The French Defense, the opening featured in this article is a slower paced but equally combative opening. Black is often saddled with a "bad" light-squared bishop but gets good counterplay…

Anderssen vs Dufresne

The evergreen game was played between Adolf Andersen and Jean Dufresne in Berlin, Germany. It stays up to date up to this day, hence the name the evergreen game. Anderssen drags Dufresne into the deep waters and dangers of The…

When life gives you lemons

Chess Lesson and Video:  Chessplayers are famous for being prophylactic thinkers. One of the most common phrases you'll hear when looking for advice is the question "what is your opponent doing?" Usually when players recognize what their opponent is up…

This Town Ain’t Big Enough

Chess Lesson and Video:  After the previous chess video and article on the Grunfeld defense, this article will show a game I played using it with the black pieces. My opponent was an International Master from Spain and he needed…

The Grunfeld Defense

Continuing on the 1. d4 trend, next up is the Grunfeld defense. A hypermodern opening, the Grunfeld defense places activity above all else. It allows white to build up a powerful center, and to develop freely. Black's counterplay can come swiftly…

Hammer vs Carlsen; The Viking Sagas

Chess Lesson and Video: Jon Ludvig Hammer and Magnus Carlsen have been two of Norway's finest players and most promising talents since they were just kids. Here we get to see a great performance from Magnus and just like in…

5 Exciting 1.d4 Openings Traps

A lot of attention is paid to the tricks, traps, and intricacies of the Open Games starting with 1. e4 but not today! In this lesson you will see some of the most valuable tricks and traps that can be…

Russia vs The World

Chess Lesson and Video:  In our featured game today, we are moving from Bobby Fischer to the previous World Champion, Boris Spassky. Spassky faces off with Bent Larsen in a match between the USSR and the rest of the world.…

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