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    • Learning from the legends

      Let's start by looking at a game by the great GM Boris Spassky This was a lightly annotated game, and one we should know by heart - it's just so beautiful!   Let's see if we can solve this tactic:Black has just played ...Bxf3?? in a technical... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 27, 2015
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      • | 8 comments
    • Tactics: Calculate the ideal scenario

      Today I want to discuss a concept from real life that can be applied in chess. This is the concept of "assertiveness"  When we see what we want (like a threat) but it is not a "safe" move (it loses material) we tend to immediately not play it. ... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 23, 2015
      • | 1007 views
      • | 8 comments
    • An attack out of nowhere

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      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 21, 2015
      • | 658 views
      • | 2 comments
    • A positional game

      Not a perfect game, nonetheless:   Find a strong move for Black. The question to ask is: What is White's plan? How do we prevent it? Continuing with the game: Find the ideal plan for White.Hint: Which pieces can be improved.Bonus: What is ... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 16, 2015
      • | 1227 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Tactics: Logical thinking

      Among the many important tactical thought processes is that called logical thinking. The thought process is as follows:   (1) Come up with idea -> (2) It doesn't work, figure why it does not work -> (3) eliminate reason why it does not wo... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 13, 2015
      • | 1010 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Inception in Chess

      Below is a nice game submitted by Zigwurst:   Try to find the best move.Hint: Where does Black's knight want to go?   Did you find the answer? This is the part where "inception" happened, hopefully asking yourself the guiding question led ... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 2, 2015
      • | 1671 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Test your positional instincts

      In the following position, Black looks to be slightly worse with fewer pieces developed, but is this so?     Did you find a strong move for Black? Try out your move in the puzzle: This is the sort of problem that someone with strong posit... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jun 21, 2015
      • | 1485 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Slow-mo in chess

      Just a game I played where the ending had a slow-mo finish | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jun 16, 2015
      • | 1288 views
      • | 1 comment
    • How to use Comparison to help your chess now!

      The Comparison thought process   Oftentimes during a chess game, we run into a position where there are many logical moves to choose from. What do we do in this case?Many players might just gamble and choose a random move. This, obviously, is n... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jun 12, 2015
      • | 1572 views
      • | 6 comments
    • How avoiding blunders is affecting your play - and how to fix it

      How avoiding blunders is affecting your play - and how to fix it   The thought process of many players is: See which moves are "blunders"-> filter these moves out-> start logical thinking ->  come up with a move -> blunder check ... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jun 8, 2015
      • | 1768 views
      • | 15 comments