Last week, we discussed that in good hands a symmetrical position can be a very dangerous weapon. But judging by my own experience, it is more common that chess players try to use symmetry to achieve a draw playing against stronger opponent or whe... | Read More
As beginners, we are taught a litany of strategic precepts that inform our thought process and shape our general understanding.
"Occupy the center," "knights before bishops," "the rook's place is behind the passed pawn" — all of thes... | Read More
Last week, we discussed the first few options to fight against Black's Caro-Kann.
Now let's take a look at some of the most important ways White can respond to this opening.
The Advance Variation:
The line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 has... | Read More
"We have to play by the !@#$ rules!" -- Amanda Young, Saw II.
In last week's article, we discussed a dangerous strategic concept, the saw.
So, what should you do if your opponent turns it against you? Well, as Amanda put it, you should ... | Read More
To me, the term king hunt invariably conjures up an image of a bygone era, when chess was played over coffee and cigars at the Café de la Régence. With defensive tenacity largely considered a hindrance to the game's beauty, spec... | Read More