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