Novice chess players are exposed to openings like the Fried Liver and the four-move checkmate early on. At the start of any game, the king’s f-pawn is the weakest on the board for either color. Inspired by that belief, the King’s Gambi... | Read More
Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser. But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role. While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More
"If you had a choice of seeing the future or reading your opponent's mind as they apply to a chess game, which one would you do?"
I never had that question before!
If I could see the future (not with regards to the game), there are some options ... | Read More
Pins are very popular and powerful chess weapons, and I am sure you've used them in dozens of your own games.
If you just started playing chess and never heard about pins, I strongly recommend you check the Tactics Trainer.
But even if you are... | Read More
In the beginning of 1980s, a young and promising British international master (let's call him Nigel) played a chess tournament in the Soviet Union. At that point, a tournament in the USSR was the best possible chess school for any chess player, an... | Read More