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    • Hou Yifan v Vladimir Kramnik, Dortmund 2015

      As amateur player we have a tendency to look for killer moves, which is in itself the correct approach because probably the vast majority of our games are decided by tactical means.  We may also have a tendency to sharpen the game either because ... | Read More

    • GM Walter Browne tribute

      I remember watching Walter Browne on the BBC's Master game. He was possibly the most intense chess player I had ever observed, entirely serious and focused.  In time trouble he was about to promote and suddenly realised that there was not an extr... | Read More

    • The 2 most important thinking methods in chess

      I recently took a free internet chess course entitled the ten day chess challenge being offered by a website chessfox.com and I can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding little courses that I have taken.  You simply enter your email addre... | Read More

    • Kings Indian, bayonet attack.

      In KID usually blacks set up is to keep the position closed and to try to mate white before he gets his queen-side attack going. Whites idea in the Mar del Plata Bayonet attack is very dynamic, to induce black to give up the bishop pair and to se... | Read More

    • Material v Piece Co-ordination

      Chess is without doubt a team game whereby all the pieces cooperate with one another as the march of logic progresses to complete the ultimate task of checkmate.  It is as far as I can discern generally understood that even if there is a material... | Read More

    • The Grand Prix Attack

      One of the attractions of The Grand Prix Attack playing against the Sicilian defence is that its direct, dynamic and straightforward to play.  White according to his pawn set up and configuration may go in for either a closed centre with pawns on... | Read More

    • Schematic thinking in the endgame (Capablanca v Ragozin)

      In the middle game due to the attacking and defensive possibilities, calculation and variations are paramount as we concern ourselves with looking at and evaluation forcing lines.  In the endgame technique becomes of primary importance and in so ... | Read More

    • Caro structure : d4-d5, Spassky v O'Kelly de Galway

      The game that is featured is a superb positional game by Grandmaster and former chess world champion Boris Spassky annotated by Grandmaster Andrew Soltis in his famous book Pawn Structure Chess. After 15 ... g6 blacks kingside is quite strong in c... | Read More

    • European Chess Championships (Khismatullin v Eljanov)

      "The Art of chess involves exploring possibilities bearing the game to a position in which the conventional values of the pieces cease to exist.'The above saying has been attributed to former Russian world champion Michael Botvinnik.  What does h... | Read More

    • Pawn structure chess - the Caro formation

      Response to the original presentation of pawn structure chess was very positive so i thought we could take a look at some structures which arise from specific openings.  In this instance the Caro structure which can arise from the Caro Kann, the ... | Read More