Today, during an online (not chess.com correspondence) chess game, I learned that a typical tactical trick must always be carefully calculated before executed. The typical tactical trick, from this position:
is simply to play Nxe5. Of cours... | Read More
It's been a while since my Chess.com activity has flourished, but I come back bringing ideas of competition and glory to you all. When we (myself, Donna (RookedonChess), David (Pruess), & Danny ... | Read More
I never consulted a book about the 1. d4 Nf6 2. g4 gambit. Its ideas are easy to see — get the center early, and the g-file late — so when an FM opponent played 5...e5 in an early trial, I sorta freaked. "Uh oh," I thought, "if a strong player... | Read More
I was shocked when I heard that Walter Browne had died in his sleep in Las Vegas at age 66. I first met Walter Browne in 1969 at the American Open in Santa Monica. We were good friends and played tennis together. Many of the major tourname... | Read More
I am currently playing a correspondence game in which I encountered the following position after 20... Ra4 (I was playing black against a lower-rated player).
The idea here was to take on c4 on the next move, but I realised that my rook would ha... | Read More