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Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Test your positional play #2 In chess we are taught to think in general terms and act in a concrete way, often though its the synthesis of elements which fail us and we pursue a wrong positional plan.  In the following there are three plausible scenarios based on positional...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-play-2Mon, 24 Aug 2015 03:15:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-play-2Test your positional play #1Its somewhat of an art form to be able to accurately analyse a chess position and to formulate the correct plan for its not always clear.  At the moment I am reading the truly excellent book authored by Robert Bellin and Pietro Ponzeto, 'Test you...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-playSat, 15 Aug 2015 14:05:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-playEndgame Brilliancy GM Serper v GM NakamuraA fortress in chess may be a relatively easy concept to understand, but to create one is an entirely different matter. In the game excerpt GM Grigory Serper does just that in a 2005 United States championship match with GM Hikaru Nakamura.   F...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/endgame-brilliancy-gm-serper-v-gm-nakamuraSat, 08 Aug 2015 07:50:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/endgame-brilliancy-gm-serper-v-gm-nakamuraHow to beat up a FIDE Master in under 1 min.It is not everyday that a common garden variety type of patzer like myself gets a request from a USCF Expert rated player to feature one or two of his games on ones somewhat insignificant youtube chess channel.   It came as a relief if I am hone...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/how-to-beat-up-a-fide-master-in-under-1-minSun, 02 Aug 2015 08:08:04 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/how-to-beat-up-a-fide-master-in-under-1-minHou Yifan v Vladimir Kramnik, Dortmund 2015As 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/hou-yifan-v-vladimir-kramnik-dortmund-2015Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:40:04 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/hou-yifan-v-vladimir-kramnik-dortmund-2015GM Walter Browne tributeI 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/gm-walter-browne-tributeThu, 25 Jun 2015 12:24:08 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/gm-walter-browne-tributeThe 2 most important thinking methods in chessI 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/2-of-the-most-important-thinking-methods-in-chessTue, 16 Jun 2015 00:38:27 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/2-of-the-most-important-thinking-methods-in-chessKings 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/kings-indian-bayonet-attackSun, 07 Jun 2015 03:46:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/kings-indian-bayonet-attackMaterial v Piece Co-ordinationChess 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/material-v-piece-co-ordination2Sat, 23 May 2015 15:05:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/material-v-piece-co-ordination2The Grand Prix AttackOne 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/the-grand-prix-attackSun, 19 Apr 2015 09:33:08 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/the-grand-prix-attackSchematic 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/schematic-thinking-in-the-endgameFri, 27 Mar 2015 02:22:15 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/schematic-thinking-in-the-endgameCaro structure : d4-d5, Spassky v O'Kelly de GalwayThe 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/d4-d5Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:02:40 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/d4-d5European 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/european-chess-championships-khismatullin-v-eljanovTue, 10 Mar 2015 08:43:15 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/european-chess-championships-khismatullin-v-eljanovPawn structure chess - the Caro formationResponse 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/pawn-structure-chess---the-caro-formationSat, 07 Mar 2015 05:11:26 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/pawn-structure-chess---the-caro-formationChess TrekA 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-treckSun, 01 Mar 2015 07:39:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-treckBronsteins Chess DreamHave 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/bronsteins-chess-dreamSat, 28 Feb 2015 03:01:17 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/bronsteins-chess-dreamPawn structure ChessOne 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/pawn-structure-chessSun, 22 Feb 2015 12:14:33 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/pawn-structure-chessHow to combat the Berlin DefenceWonderful video analysis on how to combat the Berlin defence by Chess Precession - check it out. http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/how-to-combat-the-berlin-defence-by-chess-precessionFri, 20 Feb 2015 02:43:02 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/how-to-combat-the-berlin-defence-by-chess-precessionPlay against the bishop pairWhile 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/play-against-the-bishop-pairMon, 02 Feb 2015 14:29:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/play-against-the-bishop-pairChess Strategy: Advantage of two BishopsIt 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-strategy-advantage-of-two-bishopsWed, 21 Jan 2015 01:28:30 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-strategy-advantage-of-two-bishops