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KnightCity
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  • The Tactical Rook Lift

    About a year after I learned the rules of the game, I became practically obsessed with rook lifts. In my (inexperienced and naive) opinion, no attack was truly complete without an aesthetically pleasing rook lift. Indeed I had a rook (or two) on... | Read More

  • Good Traps and Bad Traps: The Maung Story

    Let's attempt to define a good trap: "Setting up an attractive, but faulty, sequence for the opponent that, if followed, would allow a tactic or, at least, a forcing sequence unfavorable for that opponent. However, if the opponent avoids that mo... | Read More

  • Good bishop, bad knight

    In our games we have the questions many times: Do I want to keep the bishop or the knight for the endgame. To be able to find the right answer we need to know the advantages and the disadvantages of the bishop and the knight. The bishop is strong... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 5

    Unorthodox Chess Players Einet890 asked a few questions, but I will only answer one here, and one other next time I do a Q&A article. Mr. Einet890, I’ll answer this question for everyone, though you’re welcome to use the ans... | Read More

  • Critical Tactics Training!!

    We all know tactics are important. As the saying goes chess is 99% tactics, 1% strategy. Whether this statement is over exaggerated or right on the money is controversial, but the fact remains: tactics decide chess games. So, it makes sense that t... | Read More


    • Pragmatism and Dogmatism in Chess

                  One of the most effective methods of improving one's chess is to choose a grandmaster and to study their games extensively. Of course, if one wishes to acquire a knowledge of positional maneuvering, Tal would not be a fittin... | Read More

    • My Game Analysis IHSA Team Round 5

      So in my attempt to write a blog that resembles those of Silman's as much as possible, here I present to you my round 5 game from the 2014 IHSA State Chess Tournament.  Leading up to this game, I was having a pretty bad tournament. The first rou... | Read More

    • Correspondence Chess - My Experiences So Far

      My main training goal is to acheive a master-level rating OTB. However, with four childrean under the age of 8, I don't have a whole lot of free time to spend traveling to and playing in OTB tournaments. This is where correspondence chess fits per... | Read More

      • Ace_Club
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    • Magnus Carlsen Profile

      An in-depth profile of Magnus Carlsen by the New Yorker in 2011 is now freely available on their website. It's definitely worth a read if you have half an hour to spare. My favourite excerpt:  Carlsen said that, for him, great chess playing is l... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 24, 2014
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    • Tactical puzzles broken down

      Knowing different tactical and mating motifs makes calculating variations through recognizing (these) patterns much simpler and they gradually become second nature. First, attempt this puzzle before scrolling down: Did you manage to... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Chess

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    Chess is a game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64 square board.The earliest known ancestor of modern chess was an Indian game called Chaturanga, where the knight, King and Rooks moved the same but ... Read More »

  • Robatsch Defence

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    In the Robatsch Defense, named after Karl Robatsch, also known as the Modern Defense, Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns on d4 and e4. Black's hope is to attack and undermine White's "ideal" position without directly attempting to... Read More »

  • pin; a way to win

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    Pins are a way to win because the piece checks the king and the knight, bishop, rook or queen can block it.This is a severe weakness becase if  the pinner is less valueable than the blocker,the pinner can capture the blocker and get a bigger va... Read More »

  • Petroff's Defence

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    Petroff's Defence (or the Russian Game) arises after: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6    There is an interesting trap where white may blunder his Queen away early in the game after: 3. Nxe5 Qe7 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3?? Leads to Nxc3+, and black will win ... Read More »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »