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  • 6 Chess Moves You Have To Play Before You Die

    The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More

  • How to Mate Your Opponent

    How to Mate Your Opponent   "Winning Chess" by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld gave the following three quotes that inspired this presentation: As soon as a true thought has entered our mind, it gives a light which makes us see a crowd of o... | Read More

  • Formation Attack Strategies Book (June 2012)

    Formation Attack Strategies The much awaited sequel to the best selling book, “Formation Attacks”, has arrived. “Formation Attack Strategies” is another 500 page book, full of great attack information with 579 fabulous attack games from a... | Read More

  • When Castles Attack

         There are certain rare actions in chess that elicit an almost emotional response - windmills, smothered mates, advantageous underpromotions and what I want to include here:  Checkmate by Castling.      This type of mate is so ra... | Read More

  • The Wooden Horse

    We have just entered 2014 which is the year of the Wooden Horse. It should be a lucky year for people who take care of their wooden horses on a daily basis. Of course I am talking about chess players. For the majority of people the Wooden Hor... | Read More


    • First smothered mate. D10: Queen's gambit declined, slav defense

      This game was played online at the shredder chess website against a human opponent and is my first smothered mate.  Not the best play by both of us but I've only just started studying the Queen's Gambit. | Read More

      • Bumper72
      • | Aug 21, 2015
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    • Winning Chess Patterns - Back Rank Themes

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome to the first in a series of articles on Winning Chess Patterns and Pattern Recognition.  You can read the introduction to the series Here. Masters have developed a "Radar" to recognize recurring combinations in the ... | Read More

    • Third Chess Lesson (8/12)

      1. Seven Types of Imbalances Material: having a larger and/or bigger army than your opponent. Note that larger does not always mean better; for example, if one player has one rook and the other three pawns, the player with the rook has the advant... | Read More

    • Winning Chess Patterns

      Hello Chess Fans, One of the glaring differences between Master and non-master players is their knowledge and recognition of PATTERNS, which gives them a decisive advantage.  Based on extensive prior knowledge, practice and training it's often... | Read More

    • The Smothered Mate pictures.

      Ok, it was really hard to get these picture at an angle at which you could really see the mate. Although it was hard I still gave it a go. If you would like to see some colored pictures of this mate just let me know. Please leave comments if you ... | Read More

      • ColeZX4000
      • | Jul 24, 2015
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  • Zwischenzug

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    The German word zwischenzug means 'in-between move', and it is a common tactic that occurs in almost every game of chess! It is also known as an `intermezzo`. Picture your opponent making a move that directly threatens one of your pieces: instead... Read More »

  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... Read More »

  • Maties

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    Hello you are going to see funny checkmates that I and other people will put in here like mate in two and other fun checkmates with rooks, kings, knights,bishops, pawns, and queens. Read More »

  • Minor Pieces Checkmates

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    MINOR Pieces Are Rarely used for mate  It sometimes only used for support mate Im gonna serve you with some puzzle in a position where king is in the Corner/Edge of the board and , we got a few minor pieces(Bishop, Knight, and maybe a Pawn) I thi... Read More »

  • Swallow's Tail Mate

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    Hi! Swallow's Tail mate is a rare mating pattern. It happens when a king is mated , usually because of a queen. 2 other friendly pieces block off potential escape squares. It is quite a simple but strange mate. Hope you had fun reading, and enjo... Read More »