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 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 ...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-bishopsBreaking 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/breaking-your-opponents-balanceSat, 29 Nov 2014 13:49:17 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/breaking-your-opponents-balancechess 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-master-v-chess-amateurMon, 24 Nov 2014 09:29:04 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-master-v-chess-amateurSimple 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/simple-chess-space-fischer-v-gheorghiu-1970Wed, 05 Nov 2014 04:16:16 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/simple-chess-space-fischer-v-gheorghiu-197020/20 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/2020-chess-calculation-for-beginnersWed, 22 Oct 2014 01:06:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/2020-chess-calculation-for-beginnerschess 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-master-v-chess-amateur-game-1Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:37:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-master-v-chess-amateur-game-1chess 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-game-analysisMon, 29 Sep 2014 14:46:34 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/chess-game-analysisOpen 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/open-filesTue, 23 Sep 2014 12:22:22 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/open-filesWeak 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. http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/weak-pawns-fischer-v-petrosian-1971Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:03:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/weak-pawns-fischer-v-petrosian-1971Simple 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/simple-chess-outpostsFri, 29 Aug 2014 14:36:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/simple-chess-outpostsWhite squared strategyAfter 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/white-squared-strategySat, 16 Aug 2014 19:41:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/white-squared-strategy