Filling in the gaps...
As a tournament player who specialises in playing 1.f4, I have come to the concIusion that using Bird's Opening for every single game with the White pieces is a somewhat limited and short-sighted point of view.
There's muc... | Read More
Could this move save the King's Indian?
It seems like the main-lines of the King's Indian Defense are not as popular as they used to be...
Only a few decades ago, this opening was used to devastating effect by great champions such as Bobby Fisch... | Read More
Is anyone brave enough to face the Taimanov Attack?
The Taimanov Variation of the Modern Benoni, also known as the 'Flick-Knife' or 'Switchblade', is one of the most deadly opening lines in White's repertoire, and most Benoni players will only em... | Read More
The King's Gambit is sound and should be played!
Recently I read that Hikaru Nakamura thinks the popularity of 1.e4 has declined at the top level due to the effectiveness of the Berlin Defense to the Spanish Opening.
Well in that case, why play ... | Read More
It seems to me that the biggest problem facing 1.e4 players today is the main line of the Berlin Defense, also known as the 'Berlin Wall'.
This defense is so incredibly effective at neutralising White's opening advantage in the Ruy Lopez, that Vl... | Read More
Chess is essentially a form of the Martial Arts
Kung-Fu is the term used to describe the Chinese Martial Arts, and its literal meaning is- "work done". (pronounced 'Gung-Fu')
That is to say, it is the amount of work that you have put into someth... | Read More
Chess - is it a purely logical game?
Some people complain that chess is not a 'pure' game, as it contains too many artifical rules, namely: castling, pawns initially moving two spaces, en passant captures, pawn promotion and the stalemate draw.
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BIRD'S OPENING - 1.f4
Question: Hmm, Bird's Opening... isn't that an unsound or unorthodox way to start a game of chess?
Answer: No. The move 1.f4 is a standard opening which conforms to many well-established and univer... | Read More
1. Romantic School
Gambit play. Striving for the initiative. Speculative sacrificial attacks.
2. Classical School
Occupation of the center with pawns. Natural piece development. Consideration of pawn-structure.
3. Hypermodern School
Control o... | Read More
1. Paul Morphy
2. Garry Kasparov
3. Robert Fischer
4. Magnus Carlsen
5. Anatoly Karpov
6. Viswanathan Anand
7. Vladimir Kramnik
8. Jose Capablanca
9. Alexander Alekhine
10. Emanuel Lasker
11. Mikhail Botvinnik
12. Wilhelm Steinitz
13. ... | Read More