Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. 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 English opening: Reversed GPA http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/english-opening-reversed-gpaWed, 25 Dec 2013 03:30:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/english-opening-reversed-gpaMorphy at zee Opera (The Dukes version)The real story of the worlds most famous chess game   http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/morphy-at-zee-opera-the-dukes-versionWed, 16 Oct 2013 04:05:56 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/morphy-at-zee-opera-the-dukes-versionChess Gym : Rook file tactics_2Chess lesson and video : National Master Rene Phillips once again explores the potential risks and dangers of buying a house in an unsafe neighbourhood! and castling with your king into a place where a rook file is open or likely to open!  Check ...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-gym--rook-file-tactics2Sun, 15 Sep 2013 08:29:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-gym--rook-file-tactics2Queen pawn tacticsChess lesson and video: NM Rene Phillips dispels the myth that Queen pawn openings are for the most part essentially positional in nature and demonstrates that even out of the relatively quiet waters of queen pawn openings tactics are lurking in t...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/queen-pawn-tacticsFri, 13 Sep 2013 07:58:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/queen-pawn-tacticsNM Rene Phillips - Nakamura v KrasenkowNM Rene Phillips - Nakamura v Krasenkow Barecelona 2007 National Master Rene Philips provides awesome commentery on this unbelievable game.  From, a resonably quite opening fireworks begin and Naka sacrifices his queen in a thoroughly beautiful m...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/nm-rene-phillips---nakamura-v-krasenkowThu, 12 Sep 2013 17:27:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/nm-rene-phillips---nakamura-v-krasenkowRook File tacticsRook file tactics: Chess lesson and video in which NM Rene Philips takes us through an explosive and entertaining introduction into opening the rook file for tactics.  NM Phillips commentary and chess wisdom is based upon real life experience as...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/rook-file-tacticsThu, 12 Sep 2013 08:13:56 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/rook-file-tacticsDragondorf revisitedGreetings my chess friends.  I have for some time been engaged in making some little chess videos mostly for my own amusement and for disseminating what little knowledge I have gleaned of chess over the past few years.  The problems, apart from ...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/drogondorf-revisitedFri, 06 Sep 2013 18:36:12 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/drogondorf-revisitedbeginner strategy - passed pawnsGreetings and a thousand salaams dear chess friends, a passed pawn is considered to be a strong pawn, a protected passed pawn even stronger.  How does one create a passed pawn?  Are all pawn majorities advantageous?  How does one play against a...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---passed-pawnsWed, 04 Sep 2013 14:35:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---passed-pawnsBeginner chess strategy - doubled pawnsVideo explores both the strengths and weakneses of doubled pawns and provides an insight in how to play against them, illustrate games include Bronstein v Tartakower 1948 (below) and Morozeivich v Bezgodov 1998, if you find the lesson and the vi...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-chess-strategy---doubled-pawnsSun, 25 Aug 2013 12:14:00 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-chess-strategy---doubled-pawnsLearn chess openings - NO THEORYIf one plays 1.e4 there is a plethora of replies that may ensue, from the Caro Kaan to the Pirc or Modern, not to mention lots in between.  For the improving player it is a somewhat bewildering task to learn chess opening theory and time would be...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/learn-chess-openings---no-theoryThu, 22 Aug 2013 11:54:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/learn-chess-openings---no-theoryBeginner chess strategy - isolated pawnPositional master Tigran Petrosian demonstrates not only how to exploit the weakness of the isolated pawn itself, but the weakness of the squares in front of the isolated pawn.  Game is taken from the 1963 world championship match played against ...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-chess-strategy---isolated-pawnMon, 19 Aug 2013 13:16:34 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-chess-strategy---isolated-pawnBeginner strategy - backwards pawnsNot only is a backwards pawn deprived of mobility, it can cause passivity in the entire chess army as the heavy pieces are tied down to its defence.  How do we exploit a position with backward pawns and what do we do if our opponent manages to cr...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/begginer-strategy---backwards-pawnsFri, 16 Aug 2013 10:47:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/begginer-strategy---backwards-pawnsBeginner strategy - connected pawnsIn the middle game connected pawn's fulfil many functions, for example, they can be used to capture space, conduct a pawn storm, restrict the opponents pieces, cover your own king.  Game and video feature the dynamic potential of connected pawns,...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---connected-pawnsSat, 10 Aug 2013 13:52:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---connected-pawnsBeginner strategy - How to destroy pawn cover in front of the KingIf we like to attack its essential that we learn to recognise and exploit various configurations of pawn cover in front of the enemy King.  Generally this can be achieved either by destroying the pawn cover or by creating weaknesses in it first.Â...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---how-to-destroy-pawn-cover-in-front-of-the-kingWed, 07 Aug 2013 14:10:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---how-to-destroy-pawn-cover-in-front-of-the-kingBeginner strategy - fast developmentFast development of the chessmen beginner/intermediate opening strategy, games featured Shletzer v Chigorin 1878, Boleslavsky v Gurgenidze 1960, Fink v Alekhine 1932, kind regards robbie :) http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-startegy---fast-developmentSun, 28 Jul 2013 09:12:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-startegy---fast-developmentBeginner strategy - Struggle for the centreAnother longer video this time, looking at the importance of struggling for the centre in chess, games featured, Leonhardt v Bern 1911, Botvinnik v Grogorevic 1931.  regards robbie :) http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---struggle-for-the-centreSun, 28 Jul 2013 09:04:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---struggle-for-the-centreBeginner strategy - Safety of the KingVideo on beginner strategy and the safety of the King and what happens when its neglected and an opponent is able to prevent castling and exploit it with sacrificial attack, games featured, Alechine v Vasich and Lemann v Mueller. http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---safety-of-the-kingSun, 28 Jul 2013 04:54:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/beginner-strategy---safety-of-the-kingSicilian dragon - game analysis free videoDear friends please find below a video of some game analysis I did for a dear friend, focusing on how pawn structure relates to plans and how plans relate to the way we use our pieces.  Structure under analysis is the dragon formation.  hopef...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/sicilian-dragon---game-analysisSun, 28 Jul 2013 03:22:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/sicilian-dragon---game-analysisSystem against Caro Kann (advanced variation)Dear friends, i admit it, i like the Caro Kann. Thats the dude over there with the crazy moustache, Horatio Caro, one of its earliest proponents.  After playing the Sicilian in its various manifestations with practically no success, I realise tha...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/system-against-caro-kann-advanced-variation2Sun, 16 Jun 2013 02:48:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/system-against-caro-kann-advanced-variation2We should not be afraid to sacrificeIn chess, as in life, we should not be afraid to sacrifice.  I present dear friends, a little game in which, black sacrifices a rook, a knight, a bishop and then two pawns in an apparent sacrificial frenzy.  Completely unsound and defying all ra...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/we-should-not-be-afraid-to-sacrificeSat, 01 Jun 2013 05:40:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/we-should-not-be-afraid-to-sacrifice