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    • A Lost Half Point

      Draws are 1 of the 3 results of a game. Some draws, though, are made by blunders, and it doesn't happen only by beginners. Even amateurs fall into this "trap" and so it's not foolproof! I played Black in the following OTB game and I had only 1 se... | Read More

      • coolthing
      • | Apr 28, 2013
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      • | 4 comments
    • Strange(but easy) Mate in 2

      Post the answer on this blog! | Read More

      • coolthing
      • | Feb 13, 2013
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      • | 7 comments
    • Puzzles...?

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      • coolthing
      • | Jan 17, 2013
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    • How to stalemate yourself

      Hi, guys!  Today, let's see what happens when you are in a losing position. The best you could possibly get is a draw(yes, I know there are exceptions). But how to get one? Either playing 50 consecutive moves that are not pawn moves or taking a ... | Read More

      • coolthing
      • | Dec 17, 2012
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    • Checkmate Tips #3: Pawn Structure

      Hi again! Today we are going to see what happens if you're pawns are "messed up". The pawn structure is important  no matter if you are in the opening, middlegame or endgame. The opponent can easily attack if you're pawn structure is ruined. Tak... | Read More

      • coolthing
      • | Mar 21, 2012
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    • Checkmate Tips #2: Team Bishops

      Hi again! So, today we'll look at what team bishops can (and will) do. Take note of this position below. Your goal is to mate the Black King.               Now that you have done that, did you look at 1.Rxc6+? After the only move ... | Read More

      • coolthing
      • | Mar 20, 2012
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    • Checkmate Tips #1: Doubled Rooks

      Hi guys! Today let's look at a checkmate that might help with similar positions. Here it is:             The answer is 1.Bg5+ Kg8 2.Rh8+! Nxh8 3.Bh7#. Just looking at that diagram, which piece and which square is making it impossi... | Read More

      • coolthing
      • | Mar 18, 2012
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    • More Puzzles!

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      • coolthing
      • | Mar 15, 2012
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    • Puzzles

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      • coolthing
      • | Mar 14, 2012
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    • An awful trap

      Hi, guys! I've just found a trap in the Ruy Lopez opening and it starts off with , 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.Nxe5 Qd4 6. f4!? Qxe4+ 7.Qe2 Qxf4?? and now 8.Nd3+ or 8.Ng6+ wins the queen. Bye! | Read More

      • coolthing
      • | Mar 5, 2012
      • | 809 views
      • | 8 comments