On its first move, the pawn can either move one space or two spaces forward.
A pawn captures diagonally, which is kind of tricky.
But another way the pawn can capture is called en passant. This only happens when on its first move, an opponent... | Read More
Opening theory vs chess variants
Capablanca was not the first to think that opening theory was becoming so vast that it stifled creativity. It seems like, particularly at a high level, opening preparation is becoming ever more significan... | Read More
After teaching two long classes for Chess.com University, I am back with a single-day chess seminar:
Chess 101: The Game of Chess
Level: This seminar is aimed at players below the 1200 USCF/FIDE level.
When: Sat... | Read More
Chess is a game of strategy and tactics. Each player commands an army of 16 chessmen: 8 pawns, 1 king, 1 queen, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 2 rooks.
A well-played chess game has three stages. In the opening, the players bring out their forces in ... | Read More
Chess Boxing????!! Hmmm...
Ever get slugged in the head and then try an en passant?
How about combining Rope-a-dope with Ruy Lopez?
OK...THIS IS ULTRA BIZARRO!!!!!
OK???...No...it's more like KO.
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