Max Lange Attack: Maximize Your Attacking Options

A favorite of Morphy in the 19th century and Frank Marshall in the 20th century, the Max Lange Attack is an excellent opening choice. Get rapid development, early king safety, and make it challenging for your opponents to defend with the Max Lange Attack. This chess opening is suitable for players of all levels and […]

The Muzio Gambit Favors the Bold

The Muzio Gambit is a chess opening that every attacking, tactical player dreams about. There are few openings where you can sacrifice a minor piece on move five, but the Muzio Gambit allows you to do just that. White must not fear entering the Double Muzio Gambit with Bxf7+ Black can delay the capture on […]

The Openings of the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament

Candidates 2022 Openings

Get ready to explore the best openings by the top players. In this article, we give a day-by-day breakdown of the openings played in the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament, with a short introduction to the openings. If you haven’t checked out who is playing yet, take a look at our guide to the 2022 Candidates […]

Queen’s Gambit Accepted: A Powerful Chess Opening

The Queen’s Gambit Accepted is a classical opening with a long history that is still going strong today. Suitable for players of all levels. The principal battleground of the Queen’s Gambit Accepted is the Classical Variation with 3.Nf3. The Two Knights Variation with 4.Nc3 is arguably White’s most aggressive attempt to refute the Queen’s Gambit […]

Colle System: A Simple, Strong Opening Choice

The Colle System is an excellent opening for beginners and stronger players alike. The Colle System is very light in opening theory, which frees up your training time to work on other areas of your game. This chess opening ensures you can adopt a relaxed approach to the start of the game because you won’t […]

Stonewall Attack: A Sure and Steady Opening

For those who want to keep opening theory to the minimum, you are unlikely to find a better chess opening than the Stonewall Attack. This chess opening is a system-based opening where the white pieces generally go to the same squares no matter what Black plays. White usually places pawns on c3, d4, e3, and […]

Play the Exciting, Fighting King’s Gambit Now

The King’s Gambit was played back in 1575 by Ruy Lopez de Segura and much more recently by Luke McShane in 2017. That means we have recorded evidence of the King’s Gambit stretching back four-hundred-and-forty-seven years. There is nothing to stop you from playing the King’s Gambit at any level. You can play it against […]

Chess Opening Theory for Beginners

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Quick overview: Opening theory is one of the most studied and complex parts of chess improvement. Knowing how much to study is often a key concern of new players. It is first best to know opening principles before diving into concrete theoretical study. Once you have a grasp on opening principles, you can dive into […]

The Icelandic Gambit: An Opening Guide for White & Black

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Quick overview: The Icelandic Gambit is a rare opening arising from the Scandinavian Defense after the moves 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 e6. Black seeks rapid development and the initiative when playing this gambit. White usually accepts the gambit, with 4.dxe6 Bxe6 5.Nf3 considered to be the most challenging line. In other lines, White will […]

How to play the Belgrade Gambit

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Quick overview: The Belgrade Gambit is an uncommon gambit arising from the Four Knights Game or the Scotch Game, typically reached via the move order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5. White hopes to take Black out of preparation by sacrificing a pawn and wants to enter into challenging lines after 5…Nxe4. […]

A Modern Approach With the Benoni Defense

There is a lot to like in a defense that allows you to counter-attack on move two! The tactics of the Modern Benoni often overshadow the strategic element. Do not be fooled into thinking the Modern Benoni is all about tactics. There is a great battle in the Benoni Defense between White’s pawn majority in […]

Try the Dangerous Trompowsky Attack Today

Among the many contributions British chess players make to opening theory, the Trompowsky Attack is one of the most dangerous. The Trompowsky Attack takes your opponent out of their preferred defense to 1.d4 by side-stepping the King’s Indian Defense, Nimzo-Indian Defense, and Grunfeld Defense. Even if theory says the position is equal, you have drawn […]