Two active bishops working in tandem are a mighty force.
Indeed, the bishop's long range enables it to dominate vast swaths of the board, and to simultaneously play both a defensive and an attacking role.
While the power of two bishops is... | Read More
For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers.
Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More
When I have lessons with students, we usually go over their games.
Invariably, the student comes to me thinking that the errors in the game are based on blunders, missed tactics, a bad opening, or some form of positional atrocity. Of course, thes... | Read More
Chess is well known as a game of strategy. This is why it is prominently pictured in all kinds of television commercials that have to showcase long-term planning (e.g. insurance, banking, etc.).
It is a popular myth among people who don't play c... | Read More
Last week, we deconstructed the elements of a successful attack through the lens of Garry Kasparov's magisterial attacking displays.
Simply put, his tactical vision, calculation, and imagination were second to none. Garry would pounce on the sli... | Read More