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The two-player game of chess has been played for hundreds of years, transcends all languages or customs, and unites those who want to improve their strategy and critical thinking. Enter into this centuries-old world by learning to how play the game. In this lesson from his beginner’s guide to chess series, William Karneges explains how the board is set up, the order of turns, and the six pieces in play. Learn how each piece moves and captures for a solid understanding of this classic game.


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Fantasize of living the life of a pool shark? Believe it or not, anyone can acquire the skills to play a mean game of pool. This lesson from Zero-X Billiards reveals billiards secrets of the pros that make the game easy. Discover pool position techniques, drills, bridges, and strokes, and master pool trick shots that actually work. Aim for that cue ball and get ready to win at pool!


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Even though some chess pieces are worth more than others, each piece on the chessboard is integral to the game, and each piece can be used to attack your opponent and help you win. In this lesson from his series on chess for beginners, William Karneges demonstrates various scenarios in which kings, queens, rooks, bishops, knights, and even pawns attack and capture your opponent's pieces. With all of your pieces’ potential maximized, your opponent will never stand a chance.


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It's your serve, so spruce up your tennis service! This lesson from Full Swing Tennis takes you through every step of a solid serve. Learn where to stand to hit the ball in your desired direction. See the Continental grip, and learn why it's a better choice than the Eastern Forehand grip. Finally, learn how to break your service swing into four basic steps: the trophy, the back scratch, the contact, and the follow-through.


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Poker may be a game played with cards and chips, but a good portion of the game is mental, involving skill, observation, and a fair amount of intimidation. So learn a trick that will leave your opponents uneasy—discover how to shuffle poker chips! In this lesson, Tom Athan demonstrates how easy it is to begin shuffling chips, starting with two piles of three chips. Once you’ve got it down, you’ll be able to keep your opponents entertained and intimidated by your overwhelming skills.


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Want to bend it like Beckham? In this first part of a two part lesson, Italian soccer/football coaches Mirko Mazzantini and Simone Bombardieri teach you a series of drills that can help you hone your skills when practicing alone or with a friend. Work on quick changes of direction, dribbling, juggling, frontal attacks, and receiving the ball in the air. You even can practice these exercises alone at home: all you need is a ball and a wall.


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Tired of losing at tic tac toe? Watch this short lesson and you will never lose in a Tic Tac Toe game again! There's just a few easy tricks to follow - and you won't even need to worry about going first in your game. You can only hope your friends haven't seen this tutorial, too!


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Get a forehand tennis swing like just the pros! In this lesson, Rachael from Full Swing Tennis teaches you all about the modern forehand in four easy steps. Learn about the semi-western grip, which can allow for extra topspin. The lesson also covers dropping your racket for the backswing, rotating your waist and shoulders, and swinging through with your non-hitting hand. Be sure to keep your weight on your inside foot as you step out for the swing.


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Knock it out of the park with help from this power bag drill! This lesson from Performance Factory Baseball teaches you an exercise to improve the explosive power and drive of your baseball bat swing. The lesson offers tips for the stance, form, angle, and direction of your swing. This drill will also develop hand, wrist, and core strength.


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The continental grip is often one of the first things taught when it comes to tennis, but it’s also one of the most misunderstood grips out there. In this lesson, Daniel Dodson of HammerIt Tennis takes the difficulty out of the continental grip by explaining exactly what it is, what it does, and how to achieve it (if you know how to hold a television or Wii remote, you’ve got all the skills necessary). Master this grip and you’ll have more control volleying, serving, and backhanding.


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Want to be the next David Beckham or Manuele Blasi? It'll take practice. Luckily, Soccer Tutor offers you lessons to hone your football/soccer skills. In this second of two parts, learn exercises that will help with mobility, sensitivity of the contact point on the inside of your foot, coordination, sudden changes in direction, and quickness of leg movement.


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It's your second serve, and you want to play it safe yet throw off your opponent. So how do you do it? This lesson from Full Swing Tennis teaches you every step of the Kick Serve, which will result in a high arc of the ball over the net but leave your opponent facing an awkward and unpredictable bounce. Learn about grip, leg positioning, toss, and swing. This lesson also includes a quick drill for strengthening your Kick Serve.


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Your forehand can be hampered by some nasty habits that are tough to kick. Because the tennis forehand is the first stroke you learn, as the saying goes, "old habits die hard." Fortunately Jeff Salzenstein, former top 100 ATP tennis player and two-time All-American, provides some tips that will guide you toward mastering the perfect forehand.


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A killer topspin serve is a valuable weapon in any tennis player's arsenal, but it takes practice to get the form and the toss correct for a great serve. In this lesson from Jeff Salzenstein Tennis, learn a technique to improve your serve! Jeff demonstrates the correct stance, and shows you a great way to begin practicing to ensure an accurate toss—by starting on your knees. Once you master the toss, move to a standing position and continue practicing. You'll soon dominate any opponent!


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If you want to work on perfecting your backhand, take a tip derived from the backhand styles of the very best active tennis players today. Using just his racket and a fence, Jeff Salzenstein (former top 100 ATP tennis player and two-time All-American) shows you how to make your swing look like Djokovic's.


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If you've mastered the 180 front flip of parkour, it's time to get a little more hardcore. Nick Provost offers parkour training that teaches you the aerial twist, a great way to get over or off of any obstacle. Learn the run up, foot position, and arm movements you need to successfully pull off this impressive move.


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The game of chess has persisted in relevance for centuries because it forces players to use the fundamental elements of time, space, and force. In this lesson, William Karneges discusses different strategies: leveraging these elements, checking your opponent’s king (using not only common means like back rank weakness, but by making supporting pieces like your rook and knight work together), and avoid unsatisfying stalemate.


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Improve your backhand punch volley in four easy steps! Full Swing Tennis offers this beginners lesson in the backhand volley. Learn about the ready position and the importance of the continental grip. See how to hold your arms and upper body once you pivot into your swing. Discover how to build up wrist strength so you can perform your volley with one hand for better power and control.


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Confound your tennis opponents by changing up your serve! Rachel from Full Swing Tennis introduces you to the slice serve, which causes the ball to veer off to the left (or right, if you're left-handed). Learn how to grip the racket, position your feet, the direction in which to throw the ball, and where and how to make contact with your racket. It's great to have a variation of serves under your belt so that your opponent won't be able to predict where the ball will bounce.


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