December 29, 2010

Caro-Kann | Exchange Variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this post gives initial knowledge on the Exchange variation of the Caro-Kann Defense. The Exchange variation is one of the most popular in the Caro-Kann. See the variation text and video below. A short pgn file on the variation will follow.

Variation Name: Exchange variation.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5.
Parent Opening: Caro-Kann Defense.

Within the Caro-Kann Defense, the Exchange variation has almost the same popularity as the 3.Nc3 variation. The Exchange variation of the Caro-Kann is B13-B14. After 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5, there are 2 playing lines. Line 1 runs via [3... cxd5] 4.c4 (Exchange, Panov-Botvinnik attack).

Line 2 runs via [3... cxd5] 4.Bd3 which is Exchange, Rubinstein variation. Line 1 with 4.c4 on the Exchange, Panov-Botvinnic attack is approximately twice more popular than Line 2. The main continuation of the Panov-Botvinnic attack is 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 or 6... Bb4.

The Panov-Botvinnic attack of the Exchange variation may be characterized by a beautiful chess opening structure with 2 isolated pawns on d4 and d5. You can see this in the video, which follows. It will show how to correctly play 2 proven lines of the Caro-Kann Exchange:




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To see the latest tendencies in playing the Exchange variation of the Caro-Kann Defense, a pgn file on this variation will be added - with fresh chess master games.

December 25, 2010

Caro-Kann | 3.Nc3 Variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this post gives initial knowledge on the 3.Nc3 variation of the Caro-Kann Defense. The 3.Nc3 variation is one of the most popular in the Caro-Kann. See the variation text and video below. A short pgn file on the variation will follow.

Variation Name: 3.Nc3 variation.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3.
Parent Opening: Caro-Kann Defense.

The Nc3 variation of the Caro-Kann is ECO codes B15-B19. Officially, the variation has 15 subvariations - all of them run through the following 3 lines: • 3.Nc3 dxe4, • 3.Nc3 g6, • 3.Nc3 b5. The line 3.Nc3 dxe4 is the most popular; the second popular is 3.Nc3 g6.

The 3.Nc3 variation is sometimes called the Modern variation. It is common at the chess master level and at the top level of chess. For example, in the year 2010 the variation was played by V. Ivanchuk (2764), T. Radjabov (2744), P. Eljanov (2742), J. Polgar (2686).

The most popular line of the Caro-Kann, 3.Nc3 variation is 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5. To get a feel of the 3.Nc3 variation of the Caro-Kann, the next video will show you its 1 proven line. The video will also show how to estimate your success in any opening play:




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To learn more, you are welcome to download a pgn file on the 3.Nc3 variation of the Caro-Kann. The file is 20 games played by chess masters in 2010. The games were analyzed by a computer program and sorted by lines. Best middlegame line for each game is shown:

The Caro-Kann, 3.Nc3 Variation PGN File (19 KB)

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December 22, 2010

Caro-Kann Defense

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This page is designed for chess beginners, and it gives initial knowledge on the Caro-Kann Defense chess opening. Here you can find the description of the Caro-Kann opening, chess video "Caro-Kann: General Information", and more links to the opening in question.

I. Caro-Kann: Data and Description

Opening Name: Caro-Kann Defense
Moves Order: 1.e4 c6
ECO Codes: B10–B19

The Caro-Kann is a Semi-Open Game chess opening. It has reputation of solid and strong defense for Black with a good pawn structure in endgame. It is named after the English player Horatio Caro and the Austrian's Marcus Kann. They both analyzed the opening in 1886.

The Caro-Kann is popular, and the following is the answering statistics:
• 2.d4 - 80%. • 2.Nc3 - 6%. • 2.c4 - 5%.
• 2.d3 - 3%. • 2.Nf3 - 3%.   Total: 97%.

The following is 8 common variations of the Caro-Kann:
• Caro-Kann, 3.Nc3 variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 - B15.
• Caro-Kann, Exchange variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 - B13.
• Caro-Kann, Advance variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 - B12.

• Caro-Kann, Classical variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 - B18.
• Caro-Kann, 3.Nd2 variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 - B12.
• Caro-Kann, Tartakower (fantasy) variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 - B12.

• Caro-Kann, 2.Nc3 variation: 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 - B10.
• Caro-Kann, Anti-Caro-Kann variation: 1.e4 c6 2.c4 - B10.
To see description of the Caro-Kann in a visible way, please find the video below.

II. Caro-Kann Video: General Information

The video will show the designated moves of the Caro-Kann Defense opening, ECO codes, general description, answering statistics, 8 most common variations. The video consists of 4 parts and runs 2 minutes 40 seconds. To see the video, click the Play button below:




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III. Caro-Kann: More Links

Because this is the main page of the Caro-Kann Defense chess opening on this chess blog, below you will find more links on this chess opening:

Caro-Kann, 3.Nc3 Variation [text, video, pgn]
Caro-Kann, Exchange Variation [text, video]
Caro-Kann, Advance Variation [text, video]
Caro-Kann, Classical Variation [text, video]

December 18, 2010

Semi-Open Games | General Information

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This information is designed for chess beginners, and from this page on we begin to learn the Semi-Open Game chess openings. To get initial general information on the Semi-Open Games, see video "Semi-Open Games: General Info" at the bottom and read the text below.

The Semi-Open Games are chess openings which start with the 1st White move e4 and the 1st Black's any but not e5 (an Open Game chess opening starts with 1.e4 e5). The other name of a Semi-Open Game is Single King Pawn Game because only White moves his King pawn on.

Unlike the Open Games, the Semi-Open Games are more positional in play.
And there are the following 6 main Semi-Open Games:

• Caro-Kann Defense 1.e4 c6, B10–B19.
• French Defense 1.e4 e6, C00-C19.
• Sicilian Defense 1.e4 c5, B20-B99.

• Alekhine's Defense 1.e4 Nf6, B02-B05.
• Scandinavian Defense 1. e4 d5, B01. Synonym: Center Counter Defense.
• Pirc Defense 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3, B07-B09. Synonym: Ufimtsev [Yugoslav] Defence.

The next video will show more on the Semi-Open Games in a visible way:




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On the next lessons, we will study the Semi-Open Games one by one.

November 28, 2010

Ruy Lopez: 2 Common Traps

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This chess opening page presents a video on the Ruy Lopez traps. The video is designed for chess beginners and its title is Ruy Lopez: 2 Common Traps. Find the video at the bottom of this page, and the following is a short description of the video in question.

There are a few dozens of the Ruy Lopez traps and many of them are deep in play. This chess video will show you 2 Ruy Lopez traps which are not deep, common, and must be useful for chess beginners. The first trap may happens at the very beginning of a Ruy Lopez game.

The second trap is called the Mortimer Trap in which Black intentionally moves back waiting for the mistake. Both traps may be used for trapping White opponent and do not lead to the checkmate. The video consists of 3 Parts. To see it, click the Play button below:




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November 9, 2010

Ruy Lopez: Schliemann Defense

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Designed for chess beginners, this lesson gives initial knowledge on the Schliemann Defense variation of the Ruy Lopes. To learn the Schliemann Defense, you can read its data in Part 1, see Ruy Lopez Video 7 in Part 2, and download the Schliemann Defense PGN file in Part 3.

Part 1: Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense - Data

Name: Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense Variation
ECO: C63. Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5
Popularity: 5-7% of the Ruy Lopez games.

Other Name: Jaenisch Gambit.
Sub-Variation Name: Schliemann Defense, Berger variation
Sub-Variation Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.Nc3

The Schliemann Defense is one of the six most popular Ruy Lopez variations. It was originated by Carl Jaenisch but later on was named after German lawyer Adolf Karl Wilhelm Schliemann. 4.Nc3, then 4.d3, and 4.Bxc6 are considered the best White answers to the Schliemann Defense.

The Schliemann Defense has 3 main lines: [1]4.Nc3 fxe4, [2]4.d3 fxe4, [3]4.Bxc6 dxc6. Also, there is one sharp line [4.Nc3 fe 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 de 7.Nxc6 Qg5 8.Qe2 Nf6..] which is used rarely by chess masters as surprise. This line may not be recommended for chess beginners.

Part 2: Ruy Lopez, Video 7 - Schliemann Defense

The video is made up of 3 parts. Part 1 shows the designated moves of the Schliemann Defense. Part 2 shows how to correctly play the 1st proven line [4.Nc3 fxe4]. Part 2 shows how to correctly play the 2nd proven line [4.d3 fxe4]. To see the video, click the Play button below:




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Part 3: Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense - PGN File

The PGN file will show the latest tendencies in playing the Schliemann Defense. The file is 20 games played in 2010 by FIDE players rated 2400 and above. Game 8 is the famous sharp line performed by a chess player rated 2672 against a top chess player with the rating of 2813.

To download the Schliemann Defense PGN file, click the following link:
Schliemann Defense PGN File (17 KB)


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November 1, 2010

"Ruy Lopez: All Variations" - Free Chess eBook

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Here you can download free chess ebook on the Ruy Lopez chess opening. The title of the ebook is "Ruy Lopez - All Variations". The ebook is designed for the chess beginners and not only. Before having downloaded it, please read more on this ebook below.

The chess ebook "Ruy Lopez - All Variations" will give the list of all official variations of the Ruy Lopez including their names, ECO codes, and designated moves. Altogether, 182 variations of the Ruy Lopez - 51 variations starting without 3... a6 and 131 with 3... a6.

The chess ebook "Ruy Lopez - All Variations" will also show the list of 6 most common variations of the Ruy Lopez including their names, ECO codes, designated moves, and main short lines. Do you know what is 6 most common variations of the Ruy Lopez?

6 most common variations are 94% of all Ruy Lopez games. In calculating these statistics, there were used a 3-million database of chessmaster games. Also, the ebook will give short essential description of the Ruy Lopez. 20 pages to read, the ebook is made up of 5 parts.

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October 17, 2010

Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defense Variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this lesson will give initial knowledge on the Berlin Defense variation of the Ruy Lopes chess opening. To learn the Berlin Defense variation of the Ruy Lopez, read its description in Part 1 and see Video 6 in Part 2 on this page.

Part 1: Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense Variation - Description

By statistics, the Berlin Defense variation is 10-15 % of all Ruy Lopez games.
Under correct play, the variation is considered as solid for Black with a big chance to draw.
Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense Variation Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6.

After 3... Nf6, the strongest White answer is 4.0-0. Other White answering moves, not bad but less common, are: 4.d3, 4.Nc3, 4.Qe2, and 4.Bxc6. The main play line is 4.0-0 Nxe4. Less common lines are: 4.d3 d6, 4.Nc3 Bb4, 4.Qe2 Bc5, and 4.Bxc6 dxc6.

This variation of the Ruy Lopez is sometimes called "the Berlin Wall", and it is quite popular at the chess master level and the top level of chess. To get a feel of correctly playing the Berlin Defense variation of the Ruy Lopez, you are advised to see video 6.

Part 2: Video 6 - Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense Variation

The video consists of 3 parts. Part 1 is Introduction to the Berlin Defense variation, Part 2 will show how to play 2 proven lines (best proven moves for White and Black), Part 3 is Possibilities at Beginning. To see the video, click the Play button below:




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October 12, 2010

Ruy Lopez: Morphy Defense Variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this is to give initial knowledge on the Ruy Lopes chess opening, its Morphy Defense Variation. To learn the Morphy Defense Variation of the Ruy Lopez, please read its description in Part 1 and see Video 5 in Part 2 on this page.

Part 1: Ruy Lopez Morphy Defense Variation - Description

By statistics, 70 % of the Ruy Lopez games start as the Morphy Defense.
Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6.
The variation is considered as one of the best for Black in the Ruy Lopez.

After 4... Nf6, White to answer 1 of the next 6 moves: • 5.0-0; • 5.d3; • 5.Qe2; • 5.d4; • 5.Nc3; • 5.Bxc6. The typical moves of the Morphy Defense Variation are: - For White: Bb3 (retreating from a4), Nbd2, d3. - For Black: b5, Be7, Na5, d6.

White and Black usually conduct the Short Castling between the 5th - 11th moves from beginning a Ruy Lopez chess game... But it is better to see it in a visible way by seeing the video on the Ruy Lopez Morphy Defense Variation.

Part 2: Video 5 - Ruy Lopez Morphy Defense Variation

Video 5 "Ruy Lopez: Morphy Defense Variation": The video consists of the following 2 parts. Part 1 is Introduction, and Part 2 will show how to play 6 proven lines (best moves for White and Black proved by the long history of chess). To see the video, click the Play button below:




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June 13, 2010

Ruy Lopez: Exchange Variation

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This is to give you initial but essential knowledge on the Ruy Lopes chess opening, Exchange Variation. Designed for chess beginners and not only for chess beginners. To learn the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez, read description in Part 1 and see Video 4 in Part 2.

Part 1: Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation - Description

ECO Codes: C68-C69
Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6
The Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation is popular today at the all levels of chess...

After 3... a6, White simply takes the knight on c6... Playing the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez, White and Black use the following tactics. White: To damage the whole pawn structure and get advantage on the King side. In the endgame - to break through, promote his pawn, and win.

Black: To keep and explorer the advantage of 2 bishops vs the bishop and knight. If White has changed the pawn structure, Black should not exchange any of his bishop until proper compensation in the opening phase. The Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopes has 7 subvariations:

• Exchange, Alekhine variation [simple, useful for chess beginners]:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d4 exd4 6.Qxd4 Qxd4 7.Nxd4 Bd7
• Exchange, Keres variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.Nc3

• Exchange, Romanovsky variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.Nc3 f6 6.d3
• Exchange, 5.O-O variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O

• Exchange, Alapin Gambit variation [very exciting but sharp and risky]:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 h5

• Exchange, Gligoric variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O f6
• Exchange, Bronstein variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Qd6

To provide King safety, White makes short castling while Black makes short castling or long. Within the Exchange variation, the typical White moves are d4 and then Nxd4 or Qxd4 - to preferably change the pawn structure. The typical Black move is f6 which works good for the Exchange variation.

Part 2: Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation - Video 4

Video 4 "Ruy Lopez: Exchange Variation" is located below. This video must help you learn the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez chess opening in a visible way. To see the video on the Ruy Lopez Exchange variation, just click the Play button below:




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June 7, 2010

Ruy Lopez: Main Variations

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Today we will see the main variations of the Ruy Lopez chess opening. This Ruy Lopez lesson also includes Video 3 on the topic. You can find Video 3 at the bottom of this page. To see all material on the Ruy Lopez, you can click the "Ruy Lopez" link at the top. Welcome!

The Ruy Lopez opening has 184 variations. Today you will learn the names and designated moves of 14 main variations. You are recommended to read below the main variations of the Ruy Lopez in writing. Then, you can learn the main variations by seeing Video 3 at the bottom.

The list of the main variations of the Ruy Lopez follows:
• The Morphy Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6
• The Closed variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7

• The Exchange variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6
• The Open variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4
Note: The Open (Tarrasch) Defence variation is the full name.

• The Marshall Counter-Attack variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5
• The Closed, anti-Marshall 8.a4 variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.a4

• The Berlin Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6
• The Berlin Defense, 4.O-O variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O
• The Old Steinitz Defence variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6

• The Classical (Cordel) Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5
• The Schliemann Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5
• The Cozio Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7

• The Bird's Defence variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4
• The Fianchetto [Smyslov/Barnes] Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6.
Note: The variations are shown approximately in the order of play popularity.

Video 3 "Ruy Lopez: Main Variations" is located below. This video must help you learn the main variations of the Ruy Lopez in a simple and visible way. To see the video on the Ruy Lopez main variations, just click the Play button below:




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June 6, 2010

Ruy Lopez: The Answering Statistics

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Designed for chess beginners, this is post number 2 on the Ruy Lopez chess opening which includes Video 2 under the name "Ruy Lopez: The Answering Statistics". Find Video 2 on this page below. To see all material on the Ruy Lopez, click the "Ruy Lopez - Main Page" link at the top...

Today we will discuss the answering statistics on the Ruy Lopez chess opening. Learn these statistics in order to know which lines of the Ruy Lopez are the most common today. The Ruy Lopez starts with the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5. Then, Black can answer:

3... a6, or 3... Nf6, or 3... d6, or 3... Bc5, or 3... f5, or 3... Nge7, or 3... Nd4, or 3... g6, or 3... f6, or 3... Be7, or 3... Na5, , or 3... g5, or 3... Qe7. But do you know how often Black answers, to say, 3... a6, 3... Nf6, 3... g6, or 3... Nge7? The Ruy Lopez answers popular in 1900 may be not popular today...

Video 2 "Ruy Lopez: The Answering Statistics" is below, and it will show you which 3 Black answering moves to the Ruy Lopez are being played today in 90% of the games. To see the video on the Ruy Lopez on the topic, just click the Play button below:




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June 3, 2010

Ruy Lopez

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This lesson will help you get initial knowledge on the Ruy Lopez chess opening. Within this chess openings blog, this page is the Main Page for the Ruy Lopez. Below and at the bottom of this page, you can find all the links to access the Ruy Lopez posts, videos, .pgn and .pdf files.

I. Ruy Lopez: Data and Description

Opening Name: Ruy Lopez
Synonym 1: Spanish Opening
Synonym 2: Spanish Game

Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Moves Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
ECO Codes: C60-C99

Today, the Ruy Lopez is one of the most popular openings in chess. The Ruy Lopez is also the most popular Open Game. It is beautiful and promising for White and Black. The Ruy Lopez has 184 variations. Some of them are very popular, many not. All the variations are divided into 2 big Groups.

The Group 1 Variations are mostly new systems which start with 3... a6. Group 1 includes 131 variations. The Group 2 Variations are mostly older systems which start with 3... other than a6 [Nf6, d6, Bc5, f5, Nge7, Nd4, g6, f6, Be7, Na5, g5, and Qe7]. Group 2 includes 53 variations.

The opening is named after Spanish priest Ruy Lopez de Segura. He made a study of the opening in 1561. The Ruy Lopez was developed by Wilhelm Steinitz, Carl Jaenisch, Mikhail Chigorin, Siegbert Tarrasch, Frank Marshall, Paul Keres, Vasily Smyslov, Isaac Boleslavsky, Alexander Alekhine, Max Euwe, Igor Zaitsev (a trainer of Karpov), Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov...

II. Ruy Lopez: 7 Videos

This is Video 1 on the Ruy Lopez chess opening. The video name is "Ruy Lopez: Starting Out." The English term "to start out" stands for "to begin a journey." Let's begin our journey on learning the beautiful Ruy Lopez. To start Video 1, just click the Play button below:




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Find Video 2 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 2: Ruy Lopez - The Answering Statistics

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Video 3: Ruy Lopez - Main Variations

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Video 4: Ruy Lopez - Exchange Variation

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Video 5: Ruy Lopez - Morphy Defense Variation

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Video 6: Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defense Variation

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Video 7: Ruy Lopez: Schliemann Defense Variation

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May 30, 2010

Four Knights Game: How to Play the Belgrade Gambit

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Four Knights Game: How to Play the Belgrade Gambit: This chess video is Video 4 and the last one on the Four Knights Game chess opening. It will show you how to play the Belgrade Gambit variation of the Four Knights Game. You can find the video below to see and learn the Belgrade.

Before you see this chess opening video... The Four Knights Game starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6. Then, this chess opening may turn into the Belgrade Gambit variation which designated moves are 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5. Usually, Black answers by one of the following 4 moves:

• 5... Be7;     • 5... Nxd5;
• 5... Nb4;     • 5... Nxe4.
Note: The Gambit can be declined by 5… Bc5 (this line is not shown in the video).

The Belgrade Gambit was developed for the Four Knights Game opening. The Gambit was very popular in the 1970s, but today this variation is not popular at the chess master level. White sacrifices the pawn and move the knight on... The line 5... Nxe4 is risky, but Black may be better.

Video 4 is below, and it will show you how to play 4 lines of the Belgrade Gambit variation of the Four Knights Game. In the video, you can find some useful opening ideas. To see the video Four Knights Game: How to Play the Belgrade Gambit, just click the Play button below:




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May 26, 2010

Four Knights Game: How to Play Scotch Variations

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Four Knights Game: How to Play Scotch Variations: This chess video is Video 3 on the Four Knights Game. It will show you how to correctly play the Scotch variations of this opening. Find the video below and learn 2 proven lines of the Scotch variations of the Four Knights Game.

Before you see the video, please read the following information. The Four Knights Game starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6. After the line 4.Bb5 Bb4, the Scotch variations of the Four Knights Game is the most common. There are 3 Scotch variations of the Four Knights Game, as follow:

• Scotch variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4
• Scotch, variation 4... exd4: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4
• Scotch, Krause variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 Bb4 5.Nxe5

Within the Krause variation, there is a sharp line which is not shown in the video. You can learn this line using the following chess notation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 Bb4 5.Nxe5 Nxe4 6.Qg4 Nxc3 7.Qxg7 Rf8 8.a3 Nd4 9.axb4 Nxc2+ 10. Kd2 Nxa1 = The position is equal.

Video 3 is below, and it will show you how to correctly play 2 variations of the Four Knights Defense: Scotch, variation 4... exd4 and Scotch, Krause variation. To see the video Four Knights Game: How to Play Scotch Variations, just click the Play button below:




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May 14, 2010

Four Knights Game: How to Play 4.Bb5 Bb4

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Four Knights Game: How to Play 4.Bb5 Bb4: This chess video is Video 2 on the Four Knights Game, and it will show you how to play 4.Bb5 Bb4 best for White and Black. You can find the video below, and it will show you 2 proven lines within 4.Bb5 Bb4 of the Four Knights Game.

Before you see the video, please read this information. The Four Knights Game starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6. The White move-answer 4.Bb5 is the most common (by statistics 35%). In its turn, the line 4.Bb5 Bb4 is the most common play within the Four Knights Game chess opening.

Video 2 will display Line 1 and Line 2. The both Lines are "almost symmetrical development", easy to learn, and were invented long time ago. Within the Lines, it is very important for Black to take the White knight on c3. Today, the both Lines are replicated for 80-90% and are popular.

It is better to see once than to hear a hundred times. Video 2 is below, and it will show you how to correctly play 2 proven lines within 4.Bb5 Bb4 of the Four Knights Defense. To see the video Four Knights Game: How to Play 4.Bb5 Bb4, just click the Play button below:




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May 8, 2010

Four Knights Game

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This chess opening lesson will help you get initial knowledge on the Four Knights Game. The opening lesson includes the text description of the Four Knights Game, 4 chess videos (the links below), and PGN File "The Four Knights Chess Opening" (the download link at the bottom).

Video 1 will show you a general picture on the opening, Videos 2 - 4 how to play the opening. PGN File "The Four Knights Chess Opening" is 32 chess games played in the year 2010 by FIDE masters rated 2250 and higher - to see the latest tendencies on playing the Four Knights Game.


I. Four Knights Game: Data and Description

Opening Name: Four Knights Game
Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Moves Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6
ECO Codes: C47-C49

The Four Knights Game is an Open Game. The opening was very popular until 1940. Today, it is relatively popular at all levels. It is a quite positional play, with some sharp variations. The opening is popular among the beginners who stick to the rule "develop the knight before the bishop."

By statistics, White answers the Four Knights Game by the following moves: [4.Bb5 ~ 35%], [4.d4 ~ 30%], [4.Other ~ 35%: Bc4, g3, a3, or Be2]. Roughly, the Four Knights Game opening has 9 playing lines (of them: 4 most common lines and 5 less common), which you can see in Video 1 below.


II. Four Knights Game: 4 Videos

Video 1 will show you a general picture on the Four Knights Game, the answering statistics, 4 most common lines, 5 less common, and 5 variations. To start Video 1: Four Knights Game - General Information and see the opening in a visible way, click the Play button below:




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Video 2: Four Knights Game - How to Play 4.Bb5 Bb4

Find Video 3 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 3: Four Knights Game - How to Play Scotch Variations

Find Video 4 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 4: Four Knights Game - How to Play Belgrade Gambit


III. Four Knights Game: PGN File

Just below, find the link to download the PGN File "The Four Knights Game Chess Opening." The file will help you learn more... You will see the general description of the Four Knights Game chess opening and 32 chess games played in the year 2010 by FIDE masters rated 2250 and above.

Within the file, you will see the players' ratings without their names. The openings positions were estimated by a computer program. To read the PGN File, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program.

To download the Four Knights Game PGN File, click the following link:
The Four Knights Game Chess Opening (23 KB)

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April 22, 2010

Two Knights Defense: How to Play 4.d4 ed

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Two Knights Defense: How to Play 4.d4 ed: This chess video is video number 4 on the Two Knights Defense and the last one which covers this chess opening. You can find the video below, and it will show you 2 proven traditional lines within 4.d4 ed of the Two Knights Defense.

To recall... The Two Knights Defense starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6. By statistics, the White answer 4.d4 is the third most common one after 4.d3 and 4.Ng5. If White plays 4.d4, the chess game usually goes on along the following 3 lines (2 of them are shown in the video):

Line 1, 4.d4 ed 5.ed d5 (played often - shown in the video).
Line 2, 4.d4 ed 5.0-0 Nxe4 (second common - shown in the video too).
• Line 3, 4.d4 ed 5.0-0 Bc5 (played rarely - not shown in the video).
• Line 4, 4.d4 ed 5.Ng5 d5 (played rarely - not shown in the video).

The chess opening video below will show you Line 1 and Line 2 within 4.d4 ed of the Two Knights Defense. The opening final positions are estimated - the positions are equal. To see the video Two Knights Defense: How to Play 4.d4 ed, just click the Play button below:




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To see how chess masters play the Two Knights Defense and to learn more on the topic, you are recommended to return to the Two Knights Defense - Main Page and download a PGN file on this opening. It contains 32 chess games played in 2010 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

April 15, 2010

Two Knights Defense: How to Play a Trickiest 4.Ng5 d5

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Two Knights Defense: How to Play a Trickiest 4.Ng5 d5: This chess video on the Two Knights Defense is the second one on its play. It will show you in a visible way why this chess opening is called "a trickiest opening around..." And this is because of a possibility to play 4.Nd5 d5...

The Two Knights Defense starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6. The continuation 4.Nd5 d5 is the second most common (after 4.d3 Be7), and it is the most trickiest and responsible one within the Two Knights Defense. After 4.Nd5 d5, there are the following three lines to go on with play:

• Line 1, 5.ed Na5 (which is being popular and the most simple to learn).
• Line 2, 5.ed Nxd5 (which is not so popular and not so simple to learn).
• Line 3, 5.ed Nd4 (which is being played rarely and is very complicated).

The chess video below will show you Line 1, Line 2, and Line 3. Line 3 has additional 2 sublines. The opening final positions are estimated - who is better... To see the video Two Knights Defense: How to Play a Trickiest 4.Ng5 d5, just click the Play button below:




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To see how chess masters play the Two Knights Defense and to learn more on the topic, you are recommended to return to the Two Knights Defense - Main Page and download a PGN file on this opening. It contains 32 chess games played in 2010 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

April 8, 2010

Two Knights Defense: How to Play Part I

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Two Knights Defense: How to Play Part I: This chess video on the Two Knights Defense chess opening will show you 2 traditional lines on playing its common Variation 4.d3. Remember that approximately 40% of the games on the Two Knights Defense runs via 4.d3.

To recall this opening, the Two Knights Defense is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6. Then, the White's move 4.d3 initiates the Variation 4.d3. Within this variation, the following 2 lines are the most common: Line 1 goes 4.d3 Be7 and Line 2 runs 4.d3 h6. The video below will show you the details.

Besides, this chess video will give you some helpful hints on the opening play in general. For example: 2 general rules of playing chess openings, chess game positions when the rules may be broken, and more. To see the video, just click the Play button below:




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To see how chess masters play the Two Knights Defense and to learn more on the topic, you are recommended to return to the Two Knights Defense - Main Page and download a PGN file on this opening. It contains 32 chess games played in 2010 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

April 7, 2010

Two Knights Defense

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This chess opening lesson will help you get initial knowledge on the Two Knights Defense. The lesson includes the text description, 4 videos, and a PGN file. The PGN file can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Find Video 1 on this page, Videos 2-4 on others by clicking the links below.

By structure, the lesson is divided into 3 parts:
I. Two Knights Defense: Data and Description
II. Two Knights Defense: 4 Videos
III. Two Knights Defense: PGN File


I. Two Knights Defense: Data and Description

Opening Name: Two Knights Defense
Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Moves Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6
ECO Codes: C55-C59

The Two Knights Defense chess opening is an Open Game which is an alternative to the Giuoco Piano. The Two Knights Defense is one of the most exciting chess openings known, and a trickiest opening around. The Two Knights Defense opening is relatively popular.

By statistics, the most common White answers to the Two Knights Defense are the following 3 moves: [4.d3 ~ 40%], [4.Ng5 ~ 30%], [4.d4 ~ 15%]. The next 4 White moves cover the rest 15%: [4.Nc3], [4.0-0], [4.Qe2], [4.c3]. The common lines of the Two Knights Defense are the following 3:

• Common Line 1: ... 4.d3 Be7
• Common Line 2: ... 4.Ng5 d5
• Common Line 3: ... 4.d4 exd4


II. Two Knights Defense: 4 Videos

To learn a general picture of the Two Knights Defense, the designated moves, some variations, you are recommended to replay Video 1: Two Knights Defense - General Information. To start the video and see this opening in a visible way, just click the Play button below:




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Video 2: Two Knights Defense - How to Play Variation 4.d3

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Video 3: Two Knights Defense - How to Play a Trickest 4.Ng5 d5

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Video 4: Two Knights Defense - How to Play 4.d4 ed


III. Two Knights Defense: PGN File

Just below, find the link to download the PGN File "The Two Knights Defense Chess Opening." The file will help you learn more... You will see the general description of the Two Knights Defense chess opening and 32 chess games played in 2010 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

Within the file, you will see the players' ratings without their names. The openings positions were estimated by a computer program. To read the PGN File, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program.

To download the Two Knights Defense PGN File, click the following link:
The Two Knights Defense Chess Opening (22 KB)

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March 1, 2010

Hungarian Defense: How to Play

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Hungarian Defense Video - How to Play This Opening: This chess video on the Hungarian Defense will give you a general picture on its play. The video will show you 3 proven lines and Tartakower variation - all run via the White move 4.d4 which is the most common.

To recall the moves, the Hungarian Defense is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7. The first shown line runs 4.d4 d6 5.Nc3... The second 4.d4 d6 5.d5... And the last one 4.d4 exd4... The Tartakower variation of the Hungarian Defense is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.d4 exd4 5.c3 Nf6 6.e5 Ne4.

This video must give you some helpful hints on the opening play. For example, moving a central pawn for the second time to attack and get more space, some retreating maneuvers of minor pieces to leave square for the pawn… To see the video, just click the Play button below:




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To see how chess masters play the Hungarian Defense and to learn more on the topic, you are recommended to return to the Hungarian Defense - Main Page and download a PGN file on this opening. It contains 32 chess games played in 2009-2007 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

February 25, 2010

Hungarian Defense

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This chess opening lesson will help you get initial knowledge on the Hungarian Defense. The lesson includes the textual description, 2 chess videos, and a PGN file. Video 1 is on this page, Video 2 on another, and the PGN file can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

By structure, this lesson is divided into 3 parts:
I. Hungarian Defense: Data and Description
II. Hungarian Defense: 2 Videos
III. Hungarian Defense: PGN File


I. Hungarian Defense: Data and Description

Opening Name: Hungarian Defense
Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Moves Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7
ECO Code: C50

The Hungarian Defense chess opening is an Open Game which is used to avoid some sharp variations of the Italian Game and Evans Gambit. The Hungarian Defense is a solid opening, but it is being played rarely. White is usually slightly better. There are many ways of its decent play.

Officially, the Hungarian Defense has 2 variations, as shown below:
• Main, C50: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7
• Tartakower variation, C50: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.d4 exd4 5.c3 Nf6 6.e5 Ne4

By statistics, White plays any of the following 5 moves: [4.d4 ~ 40%], [4.0-0 ~ 25%], [4.Nc3 ~ 15%], [4.d3 ~ 10%], and [4.d3 ~ 10%]. The White move 4.d4 is the most common answer to the Hungarian Defense. It may transpose into the Two Knights Defense, Scotch Game, and into some others.


II. Hungarian Defense: 2 Videos

To see a general picture of the Hungarian Defense, its line popularity, the designated moves, you are recommended to replay Video 1: Hungarian Defense - General Information. To start the video and learn this opening in a visible way, just click the Play button below:




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Video 2: Hungarian Defense - How to Play

Note: Video 2 will show you 3 proven lines and Tartakower variation.
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III. Hungarian Defense: PGN File

Just below, find the link to download the PGN File "The Hungarian Defense Chess Opening." The file will help you learn more... You will see the general description, respond moves statistics, how to play, and 32 chess games played in 2009-2007 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

Within the file, you will see the players' ratings without their names. The openings positions were estimated by a computer program. To read the PGN File, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program.

To download the Hungarian Defense PGN File, click the following link:
The Hungarian Defense Chess Opening (25 KB)

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February 9, 2010

Evans Gambit: How to Play Part III

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Evans Gambit: How to Play Part III Video: This chess video on the Evans Gambit will help you learn another variation of this chess opening. It is the variation 5... Be7. The variation is modern, and it has the following move order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Be7...

Black accepts the Evans Gambit by taking the sacrificed White pawn on b4... White moves 5.c3 and attacks the Bishop... who retreats and occupies a good "command post" on e7... The variation was tested and successfully used by the two chess titans: by Bobby Fisher and by Garry Kasparov.

The chess opening video will show you 2 proven lines for Black and White: Line 1 and Line 2. Line 2 is popular at the higher level chess. See the video, get a feel of correct play and initial knowledge on the variation 5... Be7. To see the video, just click the Play button below:




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To replay on the chess board and learn the Evans Gambit's variation 5... Be7, which was shown in the video, find the variation in writing below:

Evans Gambit, variation 5... Be7, Line 1:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 [Evans Gambit] ...
4... Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 [Evans Gambit, variation 5... Be7] ...
6.d4 exd4 [Line 1: 6.d4 exd4] ...
7.cxd4 Nf6 8.d5 Na5 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 c6 11.Nc3 Qc7 12.h3 h6 [The Position Is Equal.]

Evans Gambit, variation 5... Be7, Line 2, Subline A:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 [Evans Gambit] ...
4... Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 [Evans Gambit, variation 5... Be7] ...
6.d4 Na5 [Line 2: 6.d4 Na5] ...
7.Nxe5 [SubLine A: 7.Nxe5] Nxc4 8.Nxc4 d5 9.exd5 Qxd5 10.Ne3 Qd8 [The Position Is Equal.]

Evans Gambit, variation 5... Be7, Line 2, Subline B:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 [Evans Gambit] ...
4... Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 [Evans Gambit, variation 5... Be7] ...
6.d4 Na5 [Line 2: 6.d4 Na5] ...
7.Be2 [SubLine B: Be2] exd4 8.Qxd4 Nf6 9.e5 Nc6 10.Qh4 Nd5 11.Qg3 g6 [The Position Is Equal.]

February 7, 2010

Evans Gambit: How to Play Part II

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Evans Gambit: How to Play Part II Video: This chess video on the Evans Gambit will help you learn another variation of this chess opening. The variation is called the Evans Gambit Declined, variation 5.a4. Its move order is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb6 5.a4.

You know that the Evans Gambit begins with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4. Now if Black plays 4... Bxb4, the Evans Gambit will be accepted - Any other move declined. The Evans Gambit Declined, variation 5.a4. runs via the line 4... Bb6, which is the second most common line after 4... Bxb4.

The chess opening video will show you the proven lines for Black and White and give you a feel of correct play. You can use the video for getting the initial knowledge on the Evans Gambit Declined, variation 5.a4. To see the video, just click the Play button below:




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To replay on the chess board and learn the Evans Gambit Declined, variation 5.a4, which was shown in the video, please find the variation in writing below:

Evans Gambit Declined, variation 5.a4:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 [Evans Gambit] ...
4... Bb6 5.a4 [Evans Gambit Declined, variation 5.a4] ...
5... a5 6.b5 Nd4 7.Nxd4 Bxd4 8.c3 Bb6 9.d4 Qe7 10.0-0 d6 11.f4 Be6 12.Na3 [The Position Is Equal.]

January 31, 2010

Evans Gambit

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This chess opening lesson is designed for chess beginners to get initial knowledge on the Evans Gambit. The lesson includes the textual description, 4 chess videos, and a PGN File (see below). The PGN File is named "Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov: The Evans Gambit Games."

By structure, the lesson is divided into the following 3 parts:
I. Evans Gambit: Data and Description
II. Evans Gambit Videos: See a Picture and How to Play
III. PGN FILE: "Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov: The Evans Gambit Games."


I. Evans Gambit: Data and Description

Chess Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 [Evans Gambit]
Compare with: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 [Italian Game]
ECO Codes: C51-C52

Evans Gambit: General Description

The Evans Gambit is a separate chess opening, but many chess experts consider it as a line of the Italian Game because of the first 3 moves... It was invented in 1827 by a British sea captain. The inventor's name was William Davies Evans, and his name gave the name to the opening.

The Evans Gambit was very popular for a long time. Today, it is relatively popular at the chess master level and top level chess. The opening was played by Adolf Anderssen, Paul Morphy, Mikhail Chigorin, Emanuel Lasker, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand, Peter Svidler...

White's 4.b4 is a smart tool to get the center control and attack initiative. Black can accept the Gambit by moving 4... Bxb4, or decline by some other moves. Usually, it is recommended to accept the Gambit. The Evans Gambit has 40 variations, but it is not so difficult to learn this chess opening...

To answer, Black uses the next moves: [4... Bxb4 ~ 75%], [4... Bb6 ~ 15%], [Other moves ~ 10%: 4... d5 (Counter-Gambit variation), 4.... b5, 4... Bd6, 4... Be7, 4... Bd4, and 4... Nxb4]. The 5-7 variations are the most common. The variation 5... Be7 [4... Bxb4 5.c3 Be7] is quite popular today.


II. Evans Gambit Videos: See a Picture and How to Play

To see a general picture of the Evans Gambit, its line popularity, the designated moves for its 5 variations of 40, you are recommended to replay Video 1: Evans Gambit - General Information. To start the video and learn this opening in a visible way, just click the Play button below:




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Find Video 2 on another separate page, by clicking this link:
Video 2: Evans Gambit - How to Play Part I

Note: Video 2 shows the Normal var. and Tartakower attack var.
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Find Video 3 on another separate page, by clicking this link:
Video 3: Evans Gambit - How to Play Part II

Note: Video 3 shows the Evans Gambit Declined, var. 5.a4.
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Find Video 4 on another separate page, by clicking this link:
Video 4: Evans Gambit - How to Play Part III

Note: Video 4 shows the Evans Gambit, var. 5... Be7.
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III. PGN FILE: "Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov: The Evans Gambit Games"

Just below, find the link to download the PGN File "Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov: The Evans Gambit Games." The file will help you learn more... You will see how the opening was played by the two chess titans. The file is 17 games: 14 games played by Bobby Fischer, 3 by Garry Kasparov.

The games were played in the years 1963-1964 by Bobby Fischer and in the years 1993, 1995 by Garry Kasparov... To read the PGN File, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program.

To download the Evans Gambit PGN File, click the following link:
Fischer-Kasparov-Evans Gambit (9 KB)

January 27, 2010

Evans Gambit: How to Play Part I

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Evans Gambit: How to Play Part I Video: This chess video on the Evans Gambit will help you learn 2 variations of this chess opening. The first variation is called the Normal variation, the move order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.d4 exd4 7.O-O d6 8.cxd4 Bb6.

The second displayed variation of the Evans Gambit is called the Tartakower Attack variation, the move order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6 7.Qb3. The both variations belong to the 4... Bxb4 line which covers appr. 75 percent of all games played on the Evans Gambit...

The chess opening video will give you a feel of correctly playing the opening in question. Use it to see the proven lines for Black and White within the Normal variation and the Tartakower Attack. To see a video on the Evans Gambit, just click the Play button below:




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To replay on the chess board and learn 2 variations of the Evans Gambit which were shown in the video, find the variation in writing below:

Variation 1: Evans Gambit, Normal variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 [Evans Gambit] ...
4... Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 d6 8.cxd4 Bb6 [Normal variation] ...
9.Nc3 Bg4 10.Bb5 Kf8 11.Be3 Nge7 12.a4 a5 13.Bc4 Bh5 [White is better.]

Variation 2: Evans Gambit, Tartakower Attack variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 [Evans Gambit] ...
4... Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6 7.Qb3 [Tartakower Attack variation] ...
7... Qd7 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.0-0 Bb6 10.Rd1 Qe7 11.a4 a6 12.a5 Bc5 [Equal position.]