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A Bishop From Hell

Sometimes the most gratifying wins are the ones when your opponent plays a great game but you manage to narrowly best them. It feels like a truly deserving victory. In this game, we will see GM Pontus Carlsson gradually outplay the…

Karpov vs Korchnoi

The modern form of the Dragon was originated by German master Louis Paulsen around 1880.It was played frequently by Henry Bird that decade, then received general acceptance around 1900 when played by Harry Nelson Pillsbury and other masters. It has fallen a out of fashion…

Fatal Attraction

Chess Lesson & video: In this game Edward Lasker is not to be overshadowed. Edward was an international master and distant relative of world champion Emanuel Lasker. Emanuel was the longest reigning champion in chess history and it's hard to…

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…

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