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
The brilliant science-fiction writer and futurist, H. G. Wells, once said that mankind couldn't even begin to solve our planet's problems unless a World Government was established to unite the various nations, and to manage their affairs in a more... | 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
"This game will revolve and revolve and revolve - until it is you who evolves.
Otherwise, there's no getting out..."
- The Prisoner's Dilemma | Read More
Is your chess style influenced by the stars?
Whether or not you believe in astrological horoscopes, synastry, or predictions based on the Zodiac, it is interesting to note that no chess World Champions have been born under the sign of Libra ........ | 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
Francois-Andre Danican Philidor (1726-1795)
Undisputably the strongest and greatest player of the 18th century, Philidor is also considered to be the first superstar of the 'modern' game as we know it today.
GM Andrew Soltis wrote that Philidor ... | 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. Modern School
Control of the... | Read More