a foundation for beginners eight

A Foundation for Beginners Eight

Over the last several articles, we’ve looked at the first three opening principles; controlling the center of the board with a pawn, developing our minor pieces (Knights and Bishops) to…

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Grandmaster Colovic on Complete Confusion

Complete confusion! That is the subject of today’s guest post by Grandmaster Alex Colovic. It is always a treat when we have a guest post by Alex. His most recent…

10 good reasons to play the french defense

10 Good Reasons to Play the French Defense

On being asked why most GMs and super-GMs play 1…c5 and 1…e5 to 1.e4 instead of the French Defense, Peter Svidler recently commented: “I think the answer is twofold. Firstly,…

history of the world chess championship 1927 1960

History of the World Chess Championship 1927-1960

The history of the World Chess Championship, from 1927 until 1960, was dominated by two players. These chess titans were Alexander Alekhine and Mikhail Botvinnik. When Botvinnik lost the title…

chess opening basics the queens gambit declined

Chess Opening Basics: The Queen’s Gambit Declined

What is the Queen’s Gambit Declined? The Queen’s Gambit Declined is an extremely solid way of meeting the popular Queen’s Gambit. The Queen’s Gambit Lifetime Repertoires: Queen\’s Gambit Declined After…

the king escapes long live the king

The King Escapes! Long Live the King!

“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) again brings us a very instructional chess encounter. Beth plays a queen sacrifice and launches a successful attack. Meanwhile, her opponent, Borgov, showed us how not…

destroy em with the dunst

Destroy ’em with the Dunst

There had been requests for the Sicilian Dragon, but as this is a family site I felt that cult followings should be kept at a distance. Instead we have the…

how to beat the slav defense with the exchange variation

How to Beat the Slav Defense with the Exchange Variation

At the top-level of chess, the Slav Defense is often the defense of choice against 1.d4. This popularity at high levels ensures it’s also a favorite of many club players….

chessable white rose round three of the 2021 4ncl

Chessable White Rose: Round Three of the 2021 4NCL

Chessable White Rose returned to action last night in round three of the Four Nations Chess League (‘4NCL’). The evening brought excellent victories for all three of our teams. Chessable…

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Terrific Transitioning! In “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) continues our chess education by focusing on transitioning. Beth Harmon transitions very smoothly from a rook and bishop to a won…