In various lines of the Sicilian, Black plays ...a6 and ...b5, which sometimes gives White the chance to sacrifice a minor piece on b5. The knight that ends up on b5 subsequently captures on d6, the queens are traded, and a typical endgame arises.... | Read More
Professor: Good day, class. Would you rather be a knight? Or would you rather be a bishop?
Zephyr: That’s quite a “hello,” Professor.
Lucian: I’m fine. How are you?
Professor: I’m doing OK. Forgive me for getting right into matt... | Read More
When you hear the word "brilliancy," what comes to mind? A dazzling combination with multiple sacrifices? A captivating tactical melee in which both players display their calculational expertise? Without a doubt, brilliancy has a tactical connotat... | Read More
“You’re doing very well,” Professor Pando said to Lucian. “Come grading time, I may even give you an E for excellent!”
“But first you must “play detective.” Consider the following position, with the pieces outlining a capit... | Read More
Today we will review typical positions where one side varied their move order and combined some well-known ideas to reach a new, completely fresh position. When you are familiar with plans and typical ideas, sometimes you don't need to exactl... | Read More