Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Chess Tactics - Zwischenzug

German "in-between move". An unexpected move tossed into an expected series of moves.

Zwischenzug Wikipedia page - With explanations and examples

Examples Of Zwischenzug
Couple of Examples from Chess Digest
Stangle M. vs Schwaninger W. - From The Chess Mind blog
FM Asa Hoffman vs NM Jim West - From Jim West's Blog (Annotated by both players)
43 Chess Games with a Zwischenzug - From (Some nicely annotated games here)
14 Chess Games with a Zwischenzug - From

Video Lesson
Zwishenzug - Free Chess lecture - 25 meg Download from (46 min Video Lecture with 5 example games including a Fischer game)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chess Tactics - Learning to Count

“Pins and forks and removal of the guard
usually occur a few times a game. Counting takes place
whenever possible exchanges exist – almost every move after
the early opening.” - Heisman

Novice Nook Articles on Counting by Dan Heisman
A Counting Primer .pdf
The Most Important Tactic .pdf
Is it Safe? .pdf
The Two Types of Counting Problems.pdf

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Stonewall Attack - Opening Theory

Stonewall Wikipedia Page - The Stonewall is a Variation of the Queen Pawns Game.
It is characterized by White playing 1.d4, 2.e3, 3.f4 and 4.c3, usually playing 5.Bd3 as well, even though the moves are not always played in that order.

Dutch Stonewall-Playing Black against QP openings .pdf - 8 page booklet from Exeter Chess Club
(Not the Stonewall Attack but playing the same pawn structure as black)
e6 and g6 against the Stonewall - Simple Exeter Chess Club info on these Lines.

The Stonewall Attack - A lecture by NM Yaacov Norowitz from The Kenilworth Chess Club (Click on any of the chess notation in the lecture and the position appears on the board on the page) Two nicely annotated games in this lecture as well.
Yaacov's ICC Games with the Stonewall - 36 games you can play through with a Viewer
Supplemental Stonewall Games. - 4 classic Stonewall Games

The Battering Ram - article by GM Vinay Bhat - on one of the main ways to combat the Stonewall Attack.

Annotated Games
Two Stonewall Games played by IM's - Game 1 Game 2
E.Horowitz vs Amateur - Running into a Stonewall

Stonewall Attack Video's

Stonewall Legacy Series - Group of Videos on the Stonewall
Introduction - 6 min Video
Baltic Defense - 10 min Video
The Baltic Trap 4...Nc6! -5 min Video
Horowitz Defense - 10 min Video
Teichmann Defense - 11 min Video
Mainline with 5....Bd6 -11 min Video
Mainline with 6....Qc7 - 7 min Video
Bg4 Lines - 10 min Video

ChessVideo.tvStonewall Attack Videos - 10 Analysis Game Videos

PGN Game Downloads
Stonewall Attack - 60 games (From U of Pitt Chess Archive)
(Games from
ECO- D00 - Double Queen Pawn Game - 2033 games
ECO - A45 - Indian Systems - 3561 games
ECO - A03 - Birds Opening - 951 Games

Monday, December 22, 2008

Kings Gambit (C30-C39) - Opening Theory

1.e4 e5 2.f4

Kings Gambit Wikipedia Page - For a general overview of the opening and its variations along with its history.
Fischer Defense Wikipedia Page - Page Devoted to the Fischer Defense to the Kings Gambit
Ideas Behind the Kings Gambit - Exeter Chess Club (Nice Lesson)
Kings Gambit Homepage - Blog Devoted to the Kings Gambit with 20 or so Articles

The Bishops Gambit - 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 - Article from Tim Mcgrew
Article about a line in Kieseritzky Gambit - Ignacio Martin

Not Quite Winning with the Allgaier Gambit - The Kibitzer Article by Tim Harding
Last Rites for the Allgaier Gambit - The Kibitzer Article by Tim Harding

Chessville Articles
From Neo-From to Kings Gambit - By Aaro Jalas
The Panteldakis Counter Gambit - By Clyde Nakamura (A 2 pawn Sacrifice Counter Gambit)

Public Domain E-Book
The Works of Gíanutío, and Gustavus Selenus on the Game of Chess - Zipped Pdf Format
ugustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg wrote his book on chess, Chess or the King's Game, under the pseudonym Gustavus Selenus. Gianutio, meanwhile, is known for a pair of lines in the King's Gambit, the Gianutio Countergambit – C34 – 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 f5, and the Lopez-Gianutio Countergambit – C33 – 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 f5.)

(Kings Gambit Chess Puzzles)
King's Gambit: Allagier & Kiesertisky (C39) -
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4(10 Puzzles)

(Annotated Games)

Martinovsky-Morss, King's Island, 1994. -Modern Defense
Shaw-Morss, US12P01. - Modern Defense
Immortal Game -Anderssen - Kieseritzky 1851 - (C33)
Gurevich vs Kamsky 1991 (C30) - Annotated by Yassir Seirawan
Morozevich vs Aleksandrov 2002 (C37) - Annotated by Yassir Seirawan

Video Lessons
Kings Gambit Opening Lesson - 10 min Video
Kings Gambit Declined Opening Trap - 6 min Video
Fischers Play in the Kings Gambit Accepted - 11 min Video
Kings Gambit Basic Opening Principals - 10 min Video

Kings Gambit Accepted: A Model Game for White - 40 min Video (NM Dana Mackenzie)
Kings Gambit Accepted (Fischer Defense) Lesson Part 1 - 9 min Video
Kings Gambit Accepted (Fischer Defense) Lesson Part 2 - 7 min Video

Chess Openings -The Kings Gambit Part 1 - 10 Min Video
Chess Openings - The Kings Gambit Part 2 - 6 Min Video
Kings Gambit Videos - 12 Analysis Games running from 4 - 20 min each

PGN Game Downloads
Kings Gambit pgn - 9017 games (From
Kings Gambit / Falkbeer Counter Gambit - 454 Games (From

Downloads From
C30 Kings Gambit - 482 games
C31 Kings Gambit Declined,Falkbeer Counter Gambit -178 games
C32 Kings Gambit, Falkbeer Counter Gambit - 85 games
C33 Kings Gambit Accepted - 228 games
C34 King's Knights Gambit - 333 games
C35 Kings Gambit-Cunninghams Variation - 101 games
C36 Kings Gambit-Modern Variation - 239 games
C37 Kings Gambit - 62 games
C38 Kings gambit-Hanstein Variation - 69 games
C39 Kings Gambit-Kieseritsky Variation - 124 games

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Doubled Pawns

Doubled Pawn Wikipedia Article - always a place to start when looking at a Chess subject
All About Doubled Pawns - Article reprinted online from Chess Life from IM Larry Kaufman
The Bright Side of Doubled Pawns - FM Dennis Monokroussos

Is a Doubled c-pawn worth a Bishop? - Good article by Peter Lane at Exeter Chess Club

Doubled Pawns Strengths and Weakness - Article by Gorgi Orlov
Doubled Pawns in the Kings Indian Defense Structure - Article by Gorgi Orlov

Video Lessons
Exploiting Doubled Pawns around an opponents King - 11 min Video
Matisons vs Nimzovich - 6 min Video (Who better than Nimzovich to show how to play against doubled pawns)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Evans Gambit (C51-C52) - Opening Theory

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4. b4
The Evans Gambit is an aggressive variant of the Giuoco Piano, which normally continues with the positional moves 4. c3 or 4. d3.

Evans Gambit Wikipedia Page - general knowledge and history of the opening.
Welcome to the Evans Gambit - Website devoted to the Evans. Explanations of its history, past and present, and main lines.
An Introduction to the Evans Gambit - 8 pages on the Evans by Richard Westbrook

Articles on the Evans in Jeremy Silman's Opening Archive
Theory in the Evans Gambit
Evans Gambit Redux
More on the Evans Gambit

GM Boris Altermans Blog (Evans Gambit Lessons)
Evans Gambit Pt 1 - Annotated Fischer,Robert James - Boatner,J [C51]
Evans Gambit Pt 2 - Annotated Fischer,Robert James - Fine,Reuben
Evans Gambit Pt 3 - Annotated Morphy,Paul - Hampton,Thomas Inglis
Evans Gambit Pt 4 - Annotated Morphy,Paul - De Riviere,Jules Arnous
Evans Gambit Pt 5 - Annotated Morphy,Paul - Morphy,Alonzo

Articles in the ChessCafe Archive
The Evans Gambit Part 1 .pdf - The search for the truth in the Evans Gambit
The Evans Gambit Part 2 .pdf- Chigorin's experiences with the Evans Gambit
The Evans Gambit Reloaded .pdf - The Kibitzer (Tim Harding)

(Annotated Games)
The Evergreen Game.pdf - Famous Game between Adolf Anderssen - Jean Dufresne
Berlin 1852
Short,Nigel (2691) - Sokolov,Ivan (2655) [C51] - The Chess Mind Blog
GM Short (2645) vs. GM L'Ami (2581) (2008) - Article
S. Conquest - L. Winants [C51] - Kenilworth Chess Club

Video Lessons ( Some Serious hours of Video instruction on the Evans Gambit)
Chess Lesson - Evans Gambit Opening - 10 min video
Corus 2008 Short vs Sargissian - 11 min Video (With good analysis)
Evans Gambit Full Analysis Part 1 - 47 min Lecture
Evans Gambit Full Analysis Part 2 - 41 min Lecture
Evans Gambit Full Analysis Part 3 -53 min Lecture
Evans Gambit Full Analysis Part 4 -17 min Lecture
Gambit Guide pt 2 - GM Boris Alterman 33 min Video
Gambit Guide pt 3 - GM Boris Alterman 32 min Video
Gambit Guide Pt 4 - GM Boris Alterman 33 min Video

Chess Trap 11 in Evans Gambit - 3 Min Video
Chess Trap 12 in Evans Gambit - 2 Min Video
Chess Trap 13 in Evans Gambit - 3 Min Video
Chess Trap 14 in Evans Gambit - 2 Min Video

Annotated Game Videos (YouTube)
Short vs Sargissian (2008) - 10 Min Video
Chigorin Vs. Emanuel Lasker - 19 Min Total
Part 1 , Part 2
Kasparov vs Anand (1995) - 8 Min Video

PGN Game Downloads

Evans Gambit 966 Games- (From
Evans Gambit (C51) 184 Games - (From
Evans Gambit (C52) 131 Games - (From

Bishop Endings

Opposite Colored Bishop Endgame - Rather large Wikipedia page on this topic
How to use the Bishop - Basic 6 Page Article about Bishops with some Endgame Info Also.
The Value of "Elementary" Endgame Knowledge - Opposite colored bishops article by Mark Dvoretsky

2 Bishop Checkmate Article - From King Chess Club

Materialism , Opposite Colored Bishops, and Kasparovs Theorem - Article by GM Vbhat

Endgame Corner Articles by Karsten Muller
Bishops at Work Part 1 - Same color bishop endgames
Bishops at Work Part 2 - Same color bishop endgames
Bishops at Work Part 3 - Same color bishop endgames
Bishops of Opposites
Bishops of Opposites Revisited
Bishops and Overgrown Pawns - Topic of same colored bishop endings
The Power of the Bishop Pair
Bishops vs Pawns Part 1
Bishops vs Pawns Part 2
The Bishop Pair Part 1
The Bishop Pair Part 2


Checkmate with 2 Bishop - 10 min Video
Bishop and Pawn vs Same colored Bishop - 10 min Video
Endgames Bishops of the Same Color - 17 Min Video

PGN Games Download

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Opening Tactics

Below are two downloads of mostly very short games where one opponent or the other blundered and had a strong tactic played against him or her. These can be used to train ones tactical awareness in openings or to just practice through openings looking for blunders.

Tactics in the Openings -(by Richard Scholler) Chess Base Database with about 1000 games. All are 10-13 moves with a tactical combination. Great to use as practice seeing opening blunders and honing ones tactics. Many of these games are played by master level players.

11,000 Master-GM Short Mates - ( by Tom McCormick) This is a zipped PGN file of games by players FIDE 2300+. Games are sorted by Shortest mates first (6 move mate, 7 move mate etc.)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Scotch Game (C44-45) - Opening Theory

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4
The Scotch is an opening players throw at you to avoid the well analyzed lines of the Ruy Lopez.

Scotch Game Wikipedia page for starters and general knowledge about the opening and its variations.

Scotch Articles and Lessons
Scotch Gambit Article - Simple article on the main lines
Adventures of the Scotch Scrapper -Article by Karl van der Weide
Goring Gambit Declined - plans for black to counter this Gambit

ChessCafe Articles
C45 - Scotch Game - Informant at ChessCafe
A Glass of Scotch - Article about the Scotch Gambit
A Second Dram of the Scotch Gambit- 16 pg Article of the 2 main Accepted Variations of the Scotch Gambit
Scotch and Ice - 13 pg Article about Resurgence of Steinitz Variation

Three Part Post on The Chess Mind blog on The Goring and Danish Gambits
Two perspectives on the Capablanca defence - part 1
On the Goring and Danish Gambits - part 2
How to handle the Goering and Danish Gambits with one easy line- part 3

Scotch Game Chess Puzzles
(From 10,000 Chess Puzzles)
Scotch Game (C45) - 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 (10 Puzzles)

Annotated Games
Kasparaov vs Nikolic - Scotch Game Article annotated by Yasser Seirawan
The London-Vienna Correspondence Match - Article by Tim Harding
Deep Fritz - Kramnik, Vladimir (2807) [C45]

Scotch Video Lessons
Scotching the Scotch - 28 Min Video Analysis of a Scotch Game by FM Dennis Monokroussos(Excellent Video)
Scotch Game Steinitz Variation - 10 min Video
Scotch Gambit - Strong Lines for Black 21 min Video
Scotch Game Videos - 22 Analysis Game Videos running from 5 min-35 min in length.

Scotch PGN Game Downloads from
Goering Gambit - 1430 games
Scotch Gambit -4171 games
Scotch 4.Nf6 -4469 games
Scotch 4.Bc5 - 5666 games
Scotch Other 4. -2777 games

C44 - 4885 Games - (From
C45 - 6783 Games - (From

Friday, December 5, 2008

Pawn Structure

General Info at Wikipedia on Pawn Structure and the 16 major pawn formations.
General Info at Wikibooks on The different Pawn Types, Doubled, Hanging, Passed etc.
Introduction To Chess: Pawns - Article on pawn types and structures

Exeter Chess Club Lessons
Doubled C pawns (are they worth a bishop?)
Weak Pawns - Introduction to theory and practice
Pawn Formations - An A-Z Guide
Pawn Mobility

IM Orlov Articles
Pawn Structure (d4 vs c6 and e6)
Doubled Pawns in the KID structure
The Isolated Central Pawn
Doubled Pawns (Strengths and Weakness)

The Isolani Lecture - FM Steve Stoyko
Lawless Pawns - Mark Dvoretsky (Pawns arranged against the rules)
Blockading Passed Pawns - Mark Dvoetsky

FM David Levin
To Plan for the Middlegame, Read the Pawn Structure (Part 1)
To Plan for the Middlegame, Read the Pawn Structure (Part 2)

Video Lessons - GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Pawn Structure Part 1 - 8 min video
Pawn Structure Part 2 - 9 min video
Pawn Structure Part 3 - 8 min video
Pawn Structure Part 5 - 9 min video
Pawn Structure Part 6 - 9 min video

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tactics - X-Ray

X-Ray - Is a tactic where a ranged piece supports a "friendly" piece through an enemy piece.

X-Ray (Chess) - Wikipedia Page with a nice explanation and 10 examples.

X-Ray Attack - 4 Page Tutorial with examples and Video
X-Ray (Attack or Defense) - Simple Tutorial

Tactics Trainer With the X-Ray Motif  (Try a few)

Chess Videos
Chess Tactics X-Ray - 7 Min Video
X-Ray Attack (Petrosian vs Ree Wijk ann Zee 1971) - 3 Min Video

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ruy Lopez (Spanish) (C60-99) - Opening Theory

One of the most popular chess openings.
Ruy Lopez Wikipedia page - For a general overview of the opening and its variations.
An Introduction to the Ruy Lopez - 6 Pages taken from (Fines- Idea's Behind the Chess openings)

The Ruy Lopez - Spanish Torture? - Excellent Intro, Ideas behind and Variations by The Exeter Chess Club
The Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez - Another Excellent Lesson by The Exeter Chess Club
The Lopez Grip - by IM Andrew Martin
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
The Ruy Exchange - Article on by GM Megesh and GM Arun

Articles From Silmans Opening Archive
Ruy Lopez Articles - 2 part Article by IM Andrew Martin
Birds Defence Article - by John Watson
The Verdict Articles - 4 random annotated Ruy LopezGames (2 Part)

The Classical Defense to the Spanish Part 1 -USCF Senior Master Mark Morss
The Classical Defense to the Spanish Part 2 -USCF Senior Master Mark Morss

Quick Spanish Lessons - Bunch of Minature Spanish games listed by Bill Wall

16 Ruy Lopez articles posted on the Chess Blog/ The Pulse of Chess
The Ruy Lopez for White - an Introduction

Annotated Ruy Lopez Games
Shirov vs Grischuk (C65) - Berlin Defence
Short vs Gelfand (C67) - Berlin Defense
Kasparov vs Kramnik (C67) - Berlin Defence
Luter vs Graf (C78) - Moeller Defence
Anand vs Shirov C78 - Moeller Defence
Kasparov vs Anand (C80) - Open (Tarrasch) Defence
Ivanchuk vs Adams (C88) -Closed
Kramnik vs Lenko (C89) - Marshall Counter Attack
Fischer vs Spassky (C90)-Closed (Breyer Defense)
Fischer vs Spassky (C95) -Closed Breyer Defense

Ruy Lopez Video Lesson Links
Ruy Lopez - Classical Defence - 10 min Video Lesson
Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defence - 10 min Video Lesson
Ruy Lopez - Cozio Defence - 11 min Video Lesson
Ruy Lopez - Neo Steinitz Defence 5.D4 10 min Video Lesson

Ruy Lopez Lesson 1 - 10 min Video
Ruy Lopez Lesson 2 - 11 min Video
Ruy Lopez Lesson 3 - 11 min Video

Ruy Lopez Mortimer Trap - 4 min Video
Ruy Lopez Tarrasch's Trap - 10 min Video

Ruy Lopez Videos at
16 Game Analysis Videos - Videos run from 5-35min each.

Ruy Lopez Game Downloads
PGN game downloads from Pgnmentor.
Ruy Lopez Classical - 2999 games
Ruy Lopez Schliemann - 4100 games
Ruy Lopez Berlin - 9209 games
Ruy Lopez Exchange - 8203 games
Ruy Lopez Modern Steinitz -5274 games
Ruy Lopez Marshall Attack -1908 games
Ruy Lopez Anti-Marshall -1932 games
Ruy Lopez Open - 5190 games
Ruy Lopez Chigorin -5605 games

Friday, November 28, 2008

Rook and Pawn Endgames

Since the most common Endgames are Rook and Pawn here are the links I have found to help one learn them.

Tarrasch Rule Wikipedia page - explaining the "rule" that rooks should be placed behind passed pawns with reasons, illustrations and exceptions.

Chess Cafe Endgame Corner Articles by GM Karsten Muller
Rook Endgame Exercises 1 .pdf
Rook Endgame Exercises 2 .pdf
Not All Rook Endgames are Drawn .pdf
The Rook Belongs Behind the Passed Pawn .pdf
Mysterious Rook Endgames .pdf
All Rook Endings are Drawn .pdf
Rooks Revisited .pdf
Checking Distances, Shelters and More .pdf
Rook Endgame with 2 connected passed pawns .pdf

Active Rooks .pdf - Mark Dvoretsky
Discoveries in Rook Endgames .pdf - Mark Dvoretsky
Endgames That need to be Mastered- 23 famous Chessgames (King and Pawn and Rook and Pawn endgames.)

Video Lessons

Endgame Study: Saavedra Position - 4 min Video
Endgame Study: Lucena Position - 10 min Video
Endgame Study: Philidor Position - 8 min Video
All Rook Endgames are Drawn - 15 min Video by FM Charles Galofre

Rook Ending - Long Side and Short Side - 6 min Video
Checking Distance in Rook Endings - 11 min Video
2nd Rank Stalemate Trap in Rook Endings - 10 min Video
Gregoriev's Combined Method - 11 Min Video (This method is applicable for c,d,e,f pawns that have not yet reached the 5th rank, where the defender's king is cut off at least 2 files and the defender's rook is defending via frontal attack. )

Understanding Rook Endgames 1) Piece Activity - 10 Min Video
Understanding Rook Endgames 2) Creating Weakness - 6 Min Video

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

French Defence (C00 - C19) - Opening Theory

The second most popular opening for black behind the Sicilian.
Here is the Wikipedia page on the French and its Variations. French General Info

French Defence .pdf - 16 page document by Eric Schiller on French and its Variations

Chess Cafe Articles
Terra Incognita (Reti Gambit)(C00) - Tim McGrew (Gambit Cartel)
Shirov vs Khalifman (Kings Indian Attack)(C00) - GM Yasser Seirawan
Adams vs Seirawan (Tarrasch)(C03) - GM Yasser Seirawan
A French Farce - (Tarrasch)(C06) - IM Gary Lane
Kasparov vs Short (Steinitz )(C11) - GM Yasser Seirawan
Talking French (Classical)(C14) - IM Gary Lane
Anand vs Ivanchuk (Winawer)(C19) - GM Yasser Seirawan

Annotated Chess Games
Svidler, P. - Volkov, S. [C02]
Svidler, Peter (2747) - Bareev, Evgeny (2714) [C10]
Polgar, Judit (2715) - Berkes, Ferenc (2578) [C11]
Leko, Peter (2736) - Radjabov, Teimour (2624) [C12]
Lutz, Christopher (2644) - Korchnoi, Viktor (2635) [C12]
Ponomariov, R. (2727) - Ivanchuk, V. (2717) [C11]
Shirov, A. (2746) - Bareev, E. (2702) [C11]

6 Annotated Grandmaster Games using the French
108 Annotated Games using the French

Chess Puzzles by Opening
(From 10,000 Chess Puzzles)
French, Tarrasch, 3....a6 (C03) -10 puzzles
French, Tarrasch, 3....Bc6 (C04) -10 puzzles
French, Tarrasch, 3....Nf6 (C05) -10 puzzles
French, Tarrasch, 3....c5 (C07) - 10 puzzles
French, Winawer (C18) -10 puzzles

ECO- Codes (French Defence)
* C00 - 1.e4 e6 without 2.d4 (early deviations)
* C01 - 2.d4 d5 (includes the Exchange Variation, 3.exd5)
* C02 - 3.e5 (Advance Variation)
* C03 - 3.Nd2 (includes 3...Be7; C03-C09 cover the Tarrasch Variation)
* C04 - 3.Nd2 Nc6 (Guimard Variation)
* C05 - 3.Nd2 Nf6
* C06 - 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3
* C07 - 3.Nd2 c5 (includes 4.exd5 Qxd5)
* C08 - 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5
* C09 - 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Ngf3 Nc6
* C10 - 3.Nc3 (includes the Rubinstein Variation, 3...dxe4)
* C11 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 (includes the Steinitz Variation, 4.e5; C11-C14 cover the Classical Variation)
* C12 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 (includes the MacCutcheon Variation, 4...Bb4)
* C13 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 (Burn Variation)
* C14 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7
* C15 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 (C15-C19 cover the Winawer Variation)
* C16 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5
* C17 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5
* C18 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 (includes the Armenian Variation, 5...Ba5)
* C19 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Nf3 and 7.a4

French Defence Videos

Rubenstein Variation - Instructive game on how to respond to passive play
French Defence Lectures - Each 10 min Videos
Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4
French Defence Opening Lesson - Each 10 Min Video
Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4

Grischuk vs Bareev 2001 - 11 Min Video (French defence with 3.e5 (Advance Variation) )
Puiras vs Berman 2001 (Part 1) (Part 2) -9 Min Videos (Master Analysis)
Adams vs Berg - 9 min Video (Tarrasch Advance variation )
French Defence Videos - 30 Live game and 30 Analysis Videos (Each running from 5min to 45 min in length)

French Defence PGN Downloads

(Downloads are from

French Exchange - 10453 games
French Advance -14678 games
French Rubenstein - 7810 games
French Steinitz - 6103 games
French Classical - 4608 games
French Winawer Main Line -12683 games
French Tarrasch 3. ..N-f3 -14048 games
French Tarrasch 3, ..c5 -9861 games

Friday, November 21, 2008

Grand Prix Attack - Chess Opening Theory

A pretty simple and direct opening to learn. It is a white reply to the Sicilian.

Grand Prix Attack
articles from inside chess online.
Part One
Part Two

Here are a couple Chess Cafe articles from Gary Lane on the Grand Prix
Opening Lanes 06 - Discusses the sharp 1.e4 c5 2.f4 e5!?
Opening Lanes 60 - When to Play Bc4 and when not to.
Grand Prix Crash

Kenilworth Chess Club
GrandPrix Attack Explained
The Left Hook Grand Prix with a3
Fun with the Left Hook Grand Prix
Billy Colias Plays the Grand Prix

Chess Videos
Chess Openings - Sicilian Defense: Gran Prix Attack - 18 Min Opening Lesson
Gran Prix Attack - Anand vs Gefland 1996   - 36 Min Video
Refuting the Gran Prix Attack - 15 Min Video
Gran Prix: System with Bb5 - 29 Min Video (Instructive Dark Sq grip game)
The Killer Gran Prix Attack - 13 Min Video (GM Gawain Jones examines opening)

PGN Game Downloads
Gran Prix Attack - 6616 games in pgn format from Pgnmentor - 1124 Games (U of Pitt Archive)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chess Opening Links

Opening Analysis on the Web - This link will take you to a page with hundreds of links broken into several categories.

Articles and Analysis
Choosing a Repertoire
E-Pawn Openings
D-Pawn Openings
Unusual Openings
Other Link Pages on Openings

If your looking for Free info on openings this is really the page to start.

Endgame Technique

Here is a link to a 14 page .pdf file on Endgame Technique and the two principals of "skillful pawn play" and "exploiting two weakness principal" by Mark Devoretsky

Anthony Miles Endgame Technique .pdf
The Two Weakness Principal .pdf

Endgame Principles .pdf - Endgame Corner Article

Shredder Endgame Database- Just set up your position and the database will show you your way through to a win.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Chess Articles

Chess Cafe Archives - Hundreds, maybe thousands of articles, lessons and stories. From Chess masters from all over. (Susan Polgar, Nigel Davies, Tony Miles, Yassir Sierawan and many others)

Larry Evans Teaches Chess - 75+ Chess articles from Chess Life from 1978-2007

Friday, November 14, 2008

Chess Visualization Training

Here is a pretty simple program to help you practice and test your board knowledge in your head.
There is a link on the page to download the program or just start the Java version.

Chess Trainer

Also at they have a Chess Visualization training page as well with three training methods. Knight moves speed quiz, Color square speed quiz and a Find the best move method.

Chess Visualization Training

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chess Puzzles

I have really gotten into doing Chess puzzles as of late. I found a really nice site with 10,000 chess puzzles all from Grand Master games.
10,000 Chess Puzzles

Here is also 6500+ puzzles, from Tactical Combinations, Best Move puzzles and Endgame Studies in PDF format.
6500 Puzzles

Chess puzzle page with links to 25 Ebooks with thousands of Chess Puzzles for download in PDF format.
EBook Puzzles

Chessopolis Puzzle Link Page - 30 or so links here to different sites with Puzzles, Problems and compositions. - Site with 900+ problems, Forums, ability to sort and add problems.

EcoChess Tactics Page - 1000's of tactics problems from real games. Broken down in difficulty from Beginner to Grandmaster. **(This is a really nice place to practice Tactics)

Tactics - Deflection

Deflection is a tactic that forces an opponents piece to leave the square, row or file where it has to remain, because it is needed there to defend something.

Deflection Lesson - From
Chess Quiz - Problems 5,6,7 All use Deflection as a solution (Answers at bottom of page)

Video Deflection Lesson

Monday, November 10, 2008


Here is a video showing the concept of Triangulation

Here is the Wikipedia article with some different examples of triangulation as well.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lucena and Philidor Positions

These are two of the most famous and important positions in Endgame Theory.
Here are the Wikipedia methods to each position and the knowledge behind each.
Lucena Position and Philidor Position

Here are the interactive trainers for each position as well so you can practice each.
Lucena Trainer
Philidor Trainer

Philidor Position Endgame Video Lesson - 35 min Video lesson By FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

Tactics- Forks (Double Attack)

Here are a few lesson's showing all the possible forks in Chess.
Fork Lesson 1 and Fork lesson 2

Predator at the Chessboard Lessons (Double Attack)
1. The Knight Fork - 100+ Page lesson with Lots of Examples
2. The Queen Fork - 100+ Page Lesson with " "
3. The Bishop Fork - etc
4. The Rook Fork - etc
5. The Pawn Fork - .etc

Finally Here is the Chess Fork trainer. It took me a few to understand how to use this, you just pick what type of piece you want to fork with, and then click on all the spots on their game board it would fork the pieces that show up.
Chess Fork Trainer

Fork Video Lessons
Knight Forks - 5 Min Video
Chess 101- Forks - 10 Min Video
Chess Lesson Knight Fork - 10 Min Video
Introduction to Basic Tactical Themes - Forks - 6 Min Video

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Nice Site with 2.5 Million Game database, a Tactics section, Endgame section and Opening Traps section. Very clean and easy to use.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Chess Video

Just a post of a Claymation Chess game. I personally love the shark.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Free Chess Endgame Studies

Here are some free Endgame studies and secrets from the Huntsville Chess Club.
There are a couple dozen studies and secrets of "King and Pawn" and "Knight" endgames.

Chess Endgames

Here is another page of recent games from top players and the different Endgames that resulted.
Endgame Lessons

Here is a monster list of Chess Endgame Studies at the Chess Cafe in pdf format. There is also a link on the page to the first 195 studies in text format for download.
Endgame Studies

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Online Chess Databases

NicBase Online
Just plug in your moves and then hit Classify and this online program will bring up what opening you used and all the variations . It has 1.25 million games you can retrieve to study and most of all its free to use with no registration or anything.

Allows for Searching for games, Classifying games, Browsing through Nic-Key tree and finally viewing games.

NicBase Online - 1.25 Million Game Database

ChessLab Online Java Database
2 million games updated with all the most recent events.
The search feature here is really nice. Will also analyze positions.

You can bring back games by opening, event, player, rating or just positions. You can also download your search results in blocks of 10 games at a time into pgn format.

Chesslab Database - 2 Million Game Database Chess Database
Claims to be the biggest Chess Database online. ECO Openings index and Openings Explorer.
To Download games you must sign up with site. (Registration is Free)

365Chess Database - 3.5 Million Game Database

ChessBase Online - Online Java Database
4.2 Million game database. Will search positions and bring you back 2000 games at a time.
Also has a name search that takes you to their player database where you get a history and picture of the player and can bring back their games.

Chessbase Database - 4.2 Million Game Database

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Chess Training Page

Here is a list of over 130 Chess lessons and tutorials in PDF and HTML format all in one place gathered from all over the Internet.
Chess Tutorials

Predator at the Chessboard - A field guide to chess tactics. Lots of Lessons on tactics with practical examples and quiz's. This is a really nice free site for anyone wanting to improve their tactics.

Beginner Lessons  -  Offers Instruction to help Kids learn Chess (Lessons and Videos Very nice)
Chess Lab  - Basics are covered
US Chess Federation Beginner Course
Chess Corner Learn Chess Guide - Bunch of Very nice lessons right up to intermediate stuff.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Chess Tactics Servers

Here are a couple servers that dish up chess problems that you solve with differing degrees of difficulty. You must set up an account on each but they are free.

Chess Tactics Server - rates your ability to solve a puzzle against a clock and gives you a performance rating. 23,000 + problems and its free. The puzzles come fast and are tailored to your rating.

(The absolute plus with this site is that of the problems. Unlike Chess Tempo the problems here are mostly tactical combinations that win material or even save yourself from being mated. The problems here make this site a must for practice.)

Chess Tempo- also gives you a rating for solving problems and has a lot to do for free as well. 32,000 + problems here and in all honesty this site is a lot nicer looking and will give you things like the average time a problem was completed, the type of problem, along with graphs and such of your performance.
There are two ratings given here, one for Blitz (Problems with a time limit) and Standard (Just solving with no time limit) The comments section here is a lot of help as well for figuring out why a problem is solved a certain way.
This site now offers endgame problems as well with an Endgame Rating.

(One of the biggest problems with this site is that a lot of the problems here are mates. ( 1 in 3 problems are mates)
This site is the cream of the crop for anyone wanting a free place to practice Chess Tactics though. For a paid membership here one can organize, pick and choose the types and difficulty of problems to practice. For free one really can't complain at all about the offerings.

If you like just working on your tactical awareness while looking at the board both of these places are for you. Tactics Trainer - If you sign up for a free account you can use their tactics trainer for 3 timed problems a day. This site gives you a tactics rating as well.
I have to say the problems here appear to be really very good.

ChessGym another Very Nice site with over 60,000 rated problems. Sign up for a free account. Can do Blitz, Endgame, Attacking, Defending.

IdeaChess - 100,000 interactive Problems. Gives you a rating to watch as you improve at the puzzles. Problems for all from Beginner, intermediate to advanced.