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Deflection

Most chess games are won or lost due to one player being more tactically alert than their opponent. A great device to have in your tactical toolbox is the idea of Deflection. Deflection is knocking away a defensive piece from…

Morphy vs Duke Karl and Count Isouard

In this chess lesson we analyze¬† a game where Morphy plays Duke Karl and Count Isouard in the Opera in Paris and demolishes the philidor defense. The game ends in one of Morphy's most famous miniatures and a truly magnificent…

The Knight & Bishop Mate

One of the most common questions I get is, "can you show me how to do the bishop and knight checkmate?" It's definitely a tricky mate and it has even fooled some grandmasters who weren't able to pull it off.…

Molner vs Corrales

Chess Lesson and Video: Sometimes in chess a win is the only result that matters to you. In today's game I was in a must win situation in the final round of the New Jersey State Championship. In order to…

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…

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…

Pawn Weaknesses and Fortresses

Chess feels difficult no matter who you are. One of the things that can make things easier to understand is breaking down a position into smaller bits. A wise thing to pay attention to is the idea of pawn weaknesses.…

Loose Pieces Drop Off

In this lesson I'll be analyzing one of the most embarrassing defeats by any World Champion! We will be look at Christiansen - Karpov in which Karpov loses in only 12 moves! The lesson from the game will be focused…

Opening Traps

Don't fall victim to your opponent's tricks and traps! Learn 5 of the most important opening traps that players fall for. This article will help you spot traps but also set them for your opponent when the time is right.

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