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    • Breaking your opponents balance

      If an opponent pushes against you and you push back or try to hold your ground, you are resisting him.  In this situation, the stronger person will win.  However, if you yield to him and pull him in the direction he is pushing, you can easily ... | Read More

    • chess master v chess amateur

      Chess video presentation of game eight from the book Chess master v chess amateur by former world champion Max Euwe. In this game the Chess Master is able to convert an advantage in space and development into a material advantage and although th... | Read More

    • Simple Chess: Space (Fischer v Gheorghiu) 1970

      Space can be a difficult strategic concept to get a handle on in a game of chess. Every pawn structure has the capacity to house a quota of pieces, exceed that quota and your position will 'feel', cramped, over extend and your pieces may lose mo... | Read More

    • 20/20 chess calculation for beginners

      Chess video looking at the process of calculation and how it can be utilized to evaluate positions in a chess game.1. We ascertain candidate moves from the most forcing moves in the position, a) checks (the most forcing)b) captures c) attacking ... | Read More

    • chess master v chess amateur game 1

      One of the aspects that differentiates a chess master from a chess amateur is the masters ability to refute weak moves. Furthermore it is the masters skill in choosing moves which may refute the opponents position without neglecting his own posi... | Read More

    • chess game analysis

      One of our chess friends asked if it was possible to do a little analysis of their game, the video demonstrates how accurate play can thwart one move threats and how ignoring real threats leads to disaster.  Watch in HD to do the video justice ... | Read More

    • Open Files

      You have probably heard of the chess adage, 'Put your rooks on open files', but like any well meaning piece of advice it only tells half the story for chess is far too dynamic a game to be held in such simplistic terms.  Other factors influenci... | Read More

    • Weak Pawns, Fischer v Petrosian, 1971

      The video features a famous game played in Buenos Aries, Argentina in 1971, where Robert Fischer plays former world Champion, Tigran Petrosian on his way to winning the Chess world title himself a year later in 1972. | Read More

    • Simple Chess: Outposts

      Chess game featured is Tal v Bronstein, 26th Soviet championship, Tiflis, 1959.Normally Mikhail Tal is associated with outstanding combination chess but here he demonstrates the latent power of an outpost in the centre of the board which tied bl... | Read More

    • White squared strategy

      After the early exchange of a Queens bishop for a white knight, Michael Botvinnik demonstrates how to exploit the absence of the light squared bishop by systematically undermining and controlling the light squares.  As early as move 16 he recogni... | Read More