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robbie_1969’s Blog


    • 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

    • Chess Trek

      A presentation of a fun game of chess played between robbie_1969 and Miss Sharon Carter.  It features some interesting tactics including a queen sacrifice and what is known in chess as a windmill, where the rook reaches the seventh rank and in co... | Read More

    • Bronsteins Chess Dream

      Have you ever dreamt about chess? While many players take visualisation seriously very few have even claimed to have had a chess dream and been able to remember the moves that they have made upon wakening. It has been alleged and even printed in c... | Read More

    • Pawn structure Chess

      One of the greatest books to have actually made a discernible impact on my chess strength is the legendary book, Pawn Structure Chess, By GM Andrew Soltis.  In it he takes about sixteen well known pawn configurations and explains with reference t... | Read More

    • How to combat the Berlin Defence

      Wonderful video analysis on how to combat the Berlin defence by Chess Precession - check it out. | Read More

    • Play against the bishop pair

      While its generally accepted that the bishop pair may constitute an advantage there may be many other dynamics in a chess position which has some bearing, for example, 1.positions where the bishops advantages may be neutralised by other weaknesse... | Read More

    • Chess Strategy: Advantage of two Bishops

      It is the common perception in chess that two Bishops are stronger than other combinations of minor pieces.  Yes such is not always the case.  What are the factors underlying the two bishops advantage?  The following games highlight some of the... | Read More